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Contributed by Marian Brown on 04/19/2013
On Friday, April 19th at 3:00pm in Emerson Suites A/B in the Campus Center at Ithaca College, author and independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard will respond to questions from audience members in an informal, free-wheeling discussion on the human, environmental, political and economic impacts of climate change. Mark’s latest book is “Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.” Mark’s appearance will offer audience members the opportunity to ask him relevant questions about climate change, U.S. and global environmental policy, effective communications, writing, you name it.
This campus event is free and open to the public and has been approved for Student Leadership Institute (SLI) credit.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Marian Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 274-3787. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.
Mark Hertsgaard last appeared on our campus in 2006 when he was promoting his earlier book, “Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future.” Mark’s current appearance on campus is made possible because of Sustainability at Ithaca College’s co-sponsorship of the Climate Smart & Climate Ready conference in the Ithaca community from Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21. Hertsgaard, the featured speaker for that conference, will kick off the weekend with a free, public lecture on Thursday night at the Hangar Theatre.
Below, read more about “Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth:”
For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard investigated climate change for outlets including The New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair and The Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon after, learned that climate change had arrived a century earlier than forecast, with impacts bound to worsen for decades to come. Mark’s daughter, Chiara, now six years old, is part of what he has dubbed “Generation Hot”– the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with mounting climate disruption.
HOT is a father’s cry against climate change, but most of the book focuses on solutions, offering a blueprint for how all of us –as parents, communities, companies and countries– can navigate this unavoidable new era. Combining reporting from across the nation and around the world with personal reflections on his daughter’s future, Hertsgaard provides pictures of how the next fifty years will look: Chicago’s climate transformed to resemble Houston’s; dwindling water supplies and crop yields at home and abroad; the re-design of New York and other cities against mega-storms and sea-level rise. Above all, he shows who is taking wise, creative precautions. For in the end, Hot is a book about how we’ll survive. — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2011