703: David Gessner, part 1: A Traveler’s Guide to the End of the World

July 21, 2023 by Joshua
in Podcast

What does the world look like today with regard to our environmental situation? Not the latest news about a disaster we can write off as a one-time event, even if yet another once a once-in-a-century event now common, but what does it look like on the ground. We know there have been record-breaking fires, floods, and storms. What are they like?

David travels the United States to record what he sees and reports it in Traveler’s Guide to the End of the World. He comes from a literary background, so he puts it in the context of past nature writers. He also has a daughter so asks scientists what the world will be like when she is his age. The book is not always easy to read, but always engaging and fascinating.

He represents nature. He declines to lead about it, which, if you know me, I see as the most important course we can take, but there’s no denying the value of seeing the world as it has become.

In our conversation, he shares his background, motivations, and the process of researching and writing.

We talk about ultimate Frisbee too, beyond since we both loved it when we played. It also informed our views of our roles in the world.

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