Two great reasons to listen to this episode. First, David is a tremendous science communicator. He’s experienced, thoughtful, funny, and communicates simply without dumbing down. He’s worked with some of the most important sources, like NOVA, the New York Times, TED, CBS Sunday Morning, and more. He’s accurate and fun, a rare combination. I think it comes from his passion for knowledge and people.
Second, his book fills an important role. As we start our conversation, neither of us could believe no one had written such an important book. On my side, I focus and changing culture. Most focus on lowering emissions. He agrees on the importance of these things. We also have to respond to the changes we can’t stop. We can’t change the past. Even if we stop polluting today, we’ll feel effects of past behavior for decades, centuries, even millennia.
His book tackles what to do just to continue with life. Losing composure or panicking doesn’t help your life or society. How readable is it? I read the over-600-page book in two sittings, though I skipped the parts not relevant to me, like for homeowners, since I live in an apartment building.
I find most books on the environment rehashing what we know already or taking a perspective I disagree with (techno- and market-optimists, for example, though I always hope to be shown something I’m missing). His is a rare book I find valuable and can’t believe I didn’t think of. I think you’ll find the book valuable.
Start with this episode.