In 2008, Bill Barron decided to do something about climate change after he heard Bill McKibben speak at the Salt Lake City Beaming Bioneers Conference.
Three years later, he was back to announce his bid to run for US Senate, and his Bioneers experience continues to inform his leadership.
As the state of our world has shifted from urgency to emergency, we're all called to be leaders. Read and share Bill’s story as inspiration for your own leadership!
I heard Bill McKibben speak and introduce 350.org [at Beaming Bioneers], and it really hit home how important it is that we address human-caused climate change.
As a father and a carpenter, I founded the Utah Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, and went to Washington and lobbied with other volunteers to place a fee on carbon emissions.
Three years later, at the Salt Lake City Beaming Bioneers Conference, I announced my bid to run for U.S. Senate, opposing six-term incumbent Orrin Hatch, who doesn’t believe climate change is human-caused.
In 2014 I ran for US Congress (because there were no Senate seats available), for the same reason: to raise attention to the need to address climate change. I ran opposing the incumbent (Chris Stewart) who is very soft on the issue of climate change.
I find myself compelled to run because I believe it is the right thing to do. Regardless of the odds, I believe we can create this urgent paradigm shift by inspiring others to get involved.
In 2012 I completed a 1,200 mile bike campaign of the state [of Utah] to try to create a human issue story which didn¹t get as much interest and coverage as I had hoped.
This time I found a filmmaker to join me on my 650-mile campaign of the district in September 2014.
A 12-minute documentary film has been submitted to a number of film festivals to create the opportunity to share this story and discuss pricing carbon as an important part of the solution. Imagine if there were candidates throughout the country doing this and the potential impact it could have.
It has been the Bioneers organization and people like you who have provided the inspiration to take a stand on behalf of the Earth, against the odds, because individuals can make a difference.
All the best,