- Susan Quinn, ELEANOR AND HICK & Naomi Oreskes, THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
- Overpopulation: Ecological Elephant In The Room?
- Paul Ehrlich, HOPE ON EARTH & Ryan Mitchell, TINY HOUSE LIVING
- Elizabeth Kolbert, THE SIXTH EXTINCTION & Annalee Newitz, SCATTER, ADAPT AND REMEMBER
- Boris Fishman, A REPLACEMENT LIFE & John Cushman, KEYSTONE AND BEYOND
- John Cushman of Inside Climate News: Keystone XL Pipeline
- Ruth Thomas-Suh, REJECT, Herbert Thomas, THE SHAME RESPONSE TO REJECTION & John Cushman on KXL
- Alan Weisman, COUNTDOWN
- David Bollier on The Commons: GREEN GOVERNANCE & VIRAL SPIRAL
- Richard Heinberg, SNAKE OIL & Bill McKibben, OIL AND HONEY
- Brian Fagan, THE ATTACKING OCEAN & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
- Paolo Bacigalupe (encore), Susan Rockefeller, MISSION OF MERMAIDS & Jason Chin, ISLAND
- Naomi Oreskes, THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION & Dr. James Hansen, STORMS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN
- Barbara Kingsolver, FLIGHT BEHAVIOR & James Howard Kunstler TOO MUCH MAGIC
- Richard Zacks, ISLAND OF VICE & Stan Cox, LOSING OUR COOL
- Jonathan Koomey, COLD CASH, COOL CLIMATE & Philip Warburg, HARVEST THE WIND
- Philip Warburg, HARVEST THE WIND
- William deBuys, A GREAT ARIDNESS & Dave Gardner, GROWTHBUSTERS
- Will Potter, GREEN IS THE NEW RED & David Gessner, MY GREEN MANIFESTO
- John Elder Robison, BE DIFFERENT & Tony Sorgi, The New Earth Archive
- Amy Seidl, FINDING HIGHER GROUND & Matthew Stein, WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
- Jim Motavalli, HIGH VOLTAGE & James Hoggan, CLIMATE COVER-UP
- John Michael Greer, APOCALYPSE NOT & Richard Heinberg, THE END OF GROWTH
- James Workman, HEART OF DRYNESS & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
- Christian Parenti, TROPIC OF CANCER & Marge Bruchac, 1621
Naomi Oreskes talks about the speculative novel she co-wrote with Erik Conway, The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. Then, as the world prepares for climate talks and the People’s climate march in New York City, we hear our 2010 interview with climatologist Dr. James Hansen.
People all over the world are gearing up for Climate Week, starting with what is being billed as the largest climate march in history, taking place on Sunday, September 21 in NYC. Over the past several weeks, the climate news has gotten both starker and more hopeful. Starker, because we’ve learned that CO2 emissions are rising faster than ever and more than half of bird species in the US are threatened by global warming. More hopeful because a new report says the costs of fighting climate change will be modest and the gains will far outweigh the costs.
So, it’s time to act — and we can make a difference. So, why don’t we?
That’s a question explored in a new book of science-based speculative fiction by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway,Â The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. Here’s the blurb copy about the book:
The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe went ignored for decades, leading to soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, widespread drought and — finally — the disaster now known as the Great Collapse of 2093, when the disintegration of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet led to mass migration and a complete reshuffling of the global order. Writing from the Second People’s Republic of China on the 300th anniversary of the Great Collapse, a senior scholar presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment — the…political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies — failed to act, and so brought about the collapse of Western civilization.
Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway last collaborated on their celebrated book, Merchants of Doubt. OreskesÂ teaches the History of Science and Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. Conway is the historian at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA
James Hansen isÂ the world’s most renowned climate scientist. He was the first to alert the world to the threat of climate change when he testified before Congress in 1988.Â In 2010, Hansen came out with the book Storms of My Grandchildren. In this segment, we air an extended excerpt from our interview with him about that book. It’s a good listen in light of next week’s Climate Summit at the UN.
Links for climate action:
The People’s Climate March: Meet up at 11:30 AM at Central Park West, between 65th and 86th streets.