[As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book. Please take other conversations to a previous thread. - bev]
Bill McKibben, Host:
Mark Hertsgaard is one of America’s veteran environmental journalists, a forceful voice for two decades. His important book, Earth Odyssey, was an early attempt to help Americans understand the underlying dynamics that would give rise to, say, the Chinese economic explosion, with its attendant environmental implications. His work in the Nation and elsewhere has been an essential part of the dialogue about climate change, the most pressing of our environmental issues.
Now, in Hot, Hertsgaard advances the discussion again. He acknowledges what is now obvious: that we can no longer prevent at least some of the effects of global warming. Instead, we’re going to have to learn to deal with some of those troubles, even while the fight continues to staunch the flow of carbon into the atmosphere.
But it’s not just his writing that is pushing the message forward. A father of a young daughter, Hertsgaard has increasingly become an activist in the climate fight. Later this month he’ll journey to DC to “confront the climate cranks.” So this is a great opportunity to ask questions not only about his book but about the future of the climate movement; please join us, questions at the ready, on Saturday evening for a robust dialogue?