An Esquire Essential Book on Climate Change A witty, insightful, and groundbreaking take on one of the most urgent questions of our time: Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change?
George Marshall founded the Climate Outreach and Information Network and has worked for twenty-five years in the environmental movement, including senior positions for Greenpeace USA and the Rainforest Foundation. He is a leading European expert in climate change communications, is a lead advisor to the Welsh government, and counts major nonprofit organizations, politicians, businesses, and trade unions among his many clients. His website is http://climatedenial.org/.
[Marshall] offers advice on confronting climate change head on,
stepping away from Green Guilt, and putting potentially
world-saving policies into action. * The Boston Globe *
Intelligent and genial . . . In the end, Marshall is neither fatalistic nor idealistic about our chances of survival. Yes, he says, we're wired to ignore climate change. But we're also wired to do something about it. * Washington Post *
Clearly we're not responding to the reality of climate change with the speed the crisis requires. This book explains some of the reasons that could be--and how we might work around them in the short time that we have. -- Bill McKibben, author of EAARTH
The science of climate change is easy: burning fossil fuels creates greenhouse gasses that are warming our world. George Marshall reminds us about the hard part: connecting the wellhead to the tailpipe in people's minds as soon as possible. Please read this book, and think about it. Let's get to work. -- Bill Nye
Illuminating and important--makes clear why we continue down a dangerous path of increasing climate disruption, even when attractive, hospitable, alternative paths are available. -- James Hansen, author of STORMS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN and Former Director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
George Marshall is one of the most interesting, challenging and original thinkers on the psychology of our collective climate denial. If his advice were heeded, we might just have the courage to look unblinkingly at this existential crisis, and then to act. -- Naomi Klein, author of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING and THE SHOCK DOCTRINE
Enlightening. * Publishers Weekly *
A real soul searching challenge for us all. Marshall illuminates the path to embarking on a heroic quest for a just and equitable world. A sobering, yet hopeful book. -- Frank DiSalvo, Director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University
In 42 engaging, bite-size chapters, Marshall presents the psychological research demonstrating why climate change simply doesn't feel dangerous enough to justify action and how we can trick our brains into changing our sense of urgency about the problem. His work is a much needed kick in the pants for policymakers, grassroots environmentalists, and the public to induce us to develop effective motivational tools to help us take action to face the reality of climate change before it's too late. * Booklist *
Fantastic. * Grist *
Essential reading for everyone interested in communicating the science of climate change and its urgent policy implications. * Critical Angle *
This is not a book to read and put away--but one that merits returning to and engaging with intellectually. Is there a higher compliment that one can give an author? * Daily Kos *