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You Are Here Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet

ISBN-10: 0061580368

ISBN-13: 9780061580369

Edition: 2008

Authors: Thomas M. Kostigen

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In this groundbreaking book, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Green Book Thomas M. Kostigen reveals the vital missing link in today's environmental crisis: how we as individuals are connected to the most tenuous geography on the planet. Despite the recent prominence of "green" issues in the news, the direct relationship between our actions and the earth is too often ignored. But the seemingly insignificant things we do every day have the power to literally alter the landscape in the ongoing battle to resuscitate the planet.There are living narratives of climate change that reveal the consequences of our everyday actions. You Are Here allows us to both comprehend and care about what's happening in these encampments of ruin. Kostigen shows us what may well be a glimpse of our future in Linfen City, China, one of the most polluted places on the planet. From a garbage patch twice the size of Texas in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, to the melting arctic ice shelf, to the flood zone that is Mumbai, India, to the dwindling rainforests of the Amazon, You Are Here describes the environmental crisis in a way we can feel, see, and touch. Kostigen presents us with opportunities for change and shows us how to take action on the spot, wherever we are. Combining groundbreaking research and page-turning frontline reporting, Kostigen pulls back the curtain on the most pressing and provocative issues of the day and in so doing we see the earth and our place on it in a brand new light.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/23/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

THOMAS M. KOSTIGEN, author, journalist, environmentalist, is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling title, The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time, as well as five other books , including You Are Here, The Green Blue Book, and What Money Means. He often appears on television and radio and has interesting ideas for media coverage of climate change and weather etremes around the world.

Foreword
Introduction
Losing Our Past: Jerusalem, Israel
Our Future: Mumbai, India
We Are Not Alone: Borneo, Southeast Asia
What Are We Doing?: Linfen City, China
Distant Consequences: Shishmaref Village, Alaska
Nature's Oxygen Factory: The Amazon Jungle
The Reality of Our Actions: The Fresh Kills Landfill, New York
Where the Currents Take Our Trash: The Eastern Garbage Patch, Pacific Ocean
The Greatest Problem No One Has Heard About: The Great Lakes, Duluth, Minnesota
Where to Spread Your Wings: Home: Santa Monica, California
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Resources
Index
About the Author