Welcome Mark Hertsgaard, and Host, Bill McKibben.

[As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book. Please take other conversations to a previous thread. – bev]

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

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?

Welcome Mark Hertsgaard, and Host, Bill McKibben.

[As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread. – bev]

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

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?

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

An American environmentalist and writer, Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org, an international climate campaign. This October 10, 350.org is organizing the second annual 350 International Day of Climate Action, with thousands of events planned at iconic places around the world. Bill frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history. McKibben is active in the Methodist Church, and his writing sometimes has a spiritual bent.