You Are Here
You Are Here
Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet
HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780061580369, 272pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
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.
Thomas M. Kostigen is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Green Book. He writes the Ethics Monitor column for Dow Jones MarketWatch and the Better Planet column and blog for Discover magazine. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
“The highly readable book is filled with surprising facts and statistics, as well as many doable ways to reduce our dirty human footprint.”
-Rocky Mountain News
“Thomas Kostigen is an intrepid activist. YOU ARE HERE takes us to the hidden frontlines of the war over natural resources and reveals how each of us can improve our planet without leaving home. A passionate and heartfelt call to care.”
-Bruce Feiler, Author of WALKING THE BIBLE and ABRAHAM
“...Kostigen shows us that, in a world of limited resources, there is no such thing as an insignificant choice. Pushing us from awareness to action, this is an unforgettable story about how, through our choices, we are all tied to one another.”
-Alexandra Cousteau, Environmental Advocate and National Geographic Emerging Explorer
“An intriguing and insightful account that deserves to be read by everyone affected by these issues which is....everyone!”
-Mark Plotkin, founder of the Amazon Conservation Team and Time Magazine Hero for the Planet
“Tom’s quest for global perspective sees him scale every vantage point short of the moon and the results are jaw-dropping. Borneo, Alaska, Israel, China, India and the Amazon ... YOU ARE HERE has it all. A book of global significance.”
-Bradley Trevor Greive, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE BLUE DAY BOOK and THE MEANING OF LIFE
“Can we change? Can we save the earth we love? You bet! Thomas Kostigen pulls no punches in this gut-wrenching book. Take it personally!”
-Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians and co-founder of the Blue Planet Project
“Thomas Kostigen is expert at taking the complexities of climate change - distilling them, then relating the answers and solutions to our everyday lives. A common sense approach - to complex issues.”
-Duane Dahl, Founder of Earthlab.com