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You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet
     

You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet

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by Thomas M. Kostigen
 

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ISBN-10: 0061580376

ISBN-13: 2900061580375

Pub. Date: 01/19/2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
2900061580375
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/19/2010
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

1 Losing Our Past: Jerusalem, Israel 5

2 Our Future: Mumbai, India 21

3 We Are Not Alone: Borneo, Southeast Asia 41

4 What Are We Doing?: Linfen City, China 61

5 Distant Consequences: Shishmaref Village, Alaska 81

6 Natures Oxygen Factory: The Amazon Jungle 103

7 The Reality of Our Actions: The Fresh Kills Landfill, New York 123

8 Where the Currents Take Our Trash: The Eastern Garbage Patch, Pacific Ocean 143

9 The Greatest Problem No One Has Heard About: The Great Lakes, Duluth, Minnesota 167

10 Where to Spread Your Wings: Home: Santa Monica, California 191

Afterword 207

Acknowledgments 211

Resources 213

Index 245

About the Author 257

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You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kostigen does all the leg work as he takes us to the earth's most polluted, environmentally corrupt places to remind us of one beautiful truth: we are all connected by the earth. We are all affected by what we do to it.

He links my toothpaste to the gangster-run logging camps and palm oil industry of Borneo. He explores the world's dirtiest city, Linfen City, China and how it affects global climate change and investigates a garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean twice the size of Texas! Why is this the first time I'm hearing about this?!

He travels to these ugly places, deals with shady guides, guards and gatekeepers to open our eyes. He urges us to live simply and be conscious of what we use.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is an easy read. I am not sure about the accuracy of the information as I am not knowledgeable about world wide sustainablity and international treatment of forests and waterways. The book was interesting for base knowledge. I disagree with some of the things he said though after reading and doing my own research.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought YOU ARE HERE was the best I've read so far on the environment, and I have been reading on this topic for 20 years! A lot of books focus on just one problem, i.e. global warming or e-waste, etc. but this book was all-encompassing. It had enough facts and figures to make it credible but not so many that book became boring. It was a great book -- interesting and illuminating.