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'This is an incredibly cheerful and celebratory day, and you’ve picked as your speaker someone whose most famous book has the title ‘The End of Nature.’ There are moments when I think my role in the world is essentially to be a professional bummer-outer. ...

'We’re here at the 50th Eckerd commencement — if we don’t get it right, the 100th commencement won’t be right here because this will be underwater.'

Bill McKibben, environment activist
writer and co-founder of

Eckerd College

St. Petersburg, Florida