Earlier this fall, author, climate change activist and co-founder of 350.org Bill McKibben spoke to Fusion during the Social Good Summit in New York City. McKibben said that at the Paris climate conference currently underway, world leaders and negotiators will come to a deal—but it won't be enough.
"Which means that we have to keep that movement building and keep pressure on these guys," he said. "We talk about the road through Paris. We'll go there and we'll take what we can get, and then we'll push for what we need."
The primary obstacle in the way of getting what we need? The fossil fuel industry and its vast financial resources.
"The biggest challenge is really the only challenge I think," he said. "It's overcoming the financial power of the fossil fuel industry. This is the richest industry on Earth and it does not care about the planet."
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Nicolás Ibargüen is an environmentalist and director of the Planet Initiative of the Americas Business Council Foundation, an organization that supports innovative social and environmental impact projects.
He is the environmental Correspondent for Fusion and Univision.
Nicolás organizes expeditions and events with world leaders to raise awareness about our relationship with the planet. He produced the award-winning documentary “Amazon Gold” and he is a board member of NRDC’s Voces Verdes and the Humane Society International. He was the Editor and Publisher of Poder Magazine.
Lucas Isakowitz is a contributing author for Fusion's Project Earth vertical.