Finding Higher Ground
Finding Higher Ground
Adaptation in the Age of Warming
Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807084991, 199pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
"From the Hardcover edition.
"A...lucidly presented commitment to science education...From solar panels, to wood stoves, to natural drying techniques for laundry, [Finding Higher Ground] is a very personal account of adaptation.”—National Geographic's "Daily News"
"Despite its small size and informal tone, the book contains a large number of well-documented examples of responses to climate change, and could serve as a good entry point for deeper explorations into climate change adaptation.”—Choice Magazine
“Here’s the playbook for the years ahead: loving but savvy, with open eyes and with open heart, Amy Seidl talks us through the possibilities we have on the planet we’ve created. A landmark book.”—Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
“This is a wonderful and necessary book. If you’ve been avoiding the climate change story out of fear that it would catapult you into helplessness and depression, biologist Amy Seidl has just taken away your last defense. Passionate, knowledgeable, and full of unflinching courage, Finding Higher Ground exhorts us to open our eyes to ‘the agitation of change.’ We can’t adapt with them shut.”—Sandra Steingraber, author of Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis
“As an ecologist, a gardener, and a mother of two, Amy Seidl understands all too well the urgent challenges of climate change. But in Finding Higher Ground, her focus is finally on persistence and hope. For Seidl, that means combining a scientifically informed and spiritually charged appreciation for how living systems are already evolving with a determination to forge a more responsible and sustainable way of life for her own family. I feel grateful for this tough, timely, and encouraging book.”—John Elder, author of Reading the Mountains of Home
“Not since Helen and Scott Nearing penned their testaments to the ‘Good Life’ has a Vermont author given us such a thoughtful, hopeful, and pragmatic guide to living lightly—and well—on this long-suffering planet. Amy Seidl draws on solid science, interesting characters (both human and otherwise), and a rich trove of personal experience to pave a sane way forward for us in this, the Age of Warming. A well-researched, thoroughly enjoyable introduction to local adaptation in the face of global change.”—Curt Stager, author of Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth
“Seidl’s glass-half-full optimism is a welcome change from the many fatalistic prognostications of the future.”—Kirkus Reviews