“Climate change is no far-off threat. It’s impacting communities all over the world at this very moment, and we ignore the scientific reality at our own peril. The good news? Disaster is not preordained. The global community can meet this moment—and we must.” –Senator John Kerry
If the title alone for Jeff Nesbit’s analysis of environmental challenges isn’t enough to scare you, there’s plenty to be concerned about in the content of This Is The Way The World Ends: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Waves and Hurricanes Are Converging on America (Thomas Dunne Books). Nesbit, previous director of public affairs for two federal science agencies and current executive director of Climate Nexus, says we are facing down the end of the world as we know it.
But while you are busy getting depressed, know that there’s good news. Like every significant challenge we’ve faced—from creating civilization in the shadow of the last ice age to the Industrial Revolution—Nesbit believes we can get out of this box canyon by understanding the realities and changing the worn-out climate conversation to one that’s relevant to every person. The author provides a clear blueprint for real-time, workable solutions we can tackle together.
As for the title, the world itself won’t end, of course. Only ours will: our livelihoods, our homes, our cultures. And we’re squarely at the tipping point. Longer droughts in the Middle East. Growing desertification in China and Africa. The monsoon season shrinking in India. Amped-up heat waves in Australia. More intense hurricanes reaching America. Water wars in the Horn of Africa. Rebellions, refugees and starving children across the globe. These are not disconnected events. These are the pieces of a larger puzzle that environmental expert Nesbit puts together.
Unless we start addressing the causes of climate change and stop simply navigating its effects, he says, we will be facing a series of unstoppable catastrophes by the time our preschoolers graduate from college.
Our world is in trouble – right now. This Is the Way the World Ends tells the real stories of the substantial impacts to Earth’s systems unfolding across each continent. The bad news? Within two decades or so, our carbon budget will reach a point of no return.
But as we said, there’s good news – only if we get off the sidelines and address the solutions together. There’s too much at stake not to.
This Is The Way The World Ends: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Waves and Hurricanes Are Converging on America is now available to purchase.
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ABOUT JEFF NESBIT:
Jeff Nesbit was the director of public affairs for two federal science agencies and a senior communications official at the White House. Now the executive director of Climate Nexus, he is a contributing writer for The New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Axios, and Quartz. Nesbit is the author of Poison Tea in addition to dozens of novels. He lives in New York.