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

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“A passionate and heartfelt call to care.”
—Bruce Feiler, New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible and America’s Prophet

 

In You Are Here, Thomas Kostigen, the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Green Book, takes us to the most extreme environmental areas on

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“A passionate and heartfelt call to care.”
—Bruce Feiler, New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible and America’s Prophet

 

In You Are Here, Thomas Kostigen, the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Green Book, takes us to the most extreme environmental areas on the planet to show how what we do from the comfort of our own home affects people, places, and things everywhere. A timely, much-needed alarm that recalls Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth combined with a compelling travel narrative reminiscent of Anthony Bourdain with straight ahead Anderson Cooper-like reporting, You Are Here is “an intriguing and insightful account that deserves to be read by everyone” (Mark Plotkin, Time Magazine Hero for the Planet).

Editorial Reviews

Duane Dahl
“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.”
Bruce Feiler
“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.”
Alexandra Cousteau
“...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.”
Mark Plotkin
“An intriguing and insightful account that deserves to be read by everyone affected by these issues which is....everyone!”
Bradley Trevor Greive
“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.”
Maude Barlow
“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!”
Rocky Mountain News
“The highly readable book is filled with surprising facts and statistics, as well as many doable ways to reduce our dirty human footprint.”
This book has a clear and simple message: The health of our ecosystem and, indeed, global survival begins at home. Thomas Kostigen, coauthor of The Green Book, emphasizes the connection between individual action and the state of the environment. In You Are Here, he brings readers face to face with the results of small actions like flicking on a light switch or shirking just one week of recycling. Sometime the results are so vast that they cannot be ignored: The Pacific Ocean now contains a dead zone twice the size of Texas. Urgently needed insights for concerned citizens.
Publishers Weekly

It's not enough to abstractly consider being "green," in the world today. Kostigen wants listeners to come face to face with the realistic outcomes of overexploitation of the world's resources. Traveling from cities where the pollution is so toxic people must always wear masks to a miles-wide flotilla of trash in the Pacific Ocean or where the rainforest meets industrialization, Kostigen provides listeners with some real evidence of excessive and detrimental waste. His goals are earnest, but though he provides typical and practical advice that people can follow every day to address these issues, his intentions don't translate well into his prose. Kostigen reads his text clearly and smoothly, and his voice and tone are easy to follow and enjoy. However, given the gravitas of his ideas, his voice lacks the passion and emphasis to reinforce his words that one might expect. A HarperOne hardcover. (Oct.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Self-styled environmental "adventure story" makes an impassioned plea for greater understanding and commitment. Discover magazine columnist Kostigen attempts to show how our habits and consumption cause problems all over the world. Among other places, he visits Mumbai, India, to which the West exports enormous quantities of hazardous waste, and Borneo, where the global demand for palm oil is causing deforestation. "We are contributing to our own demise and health hazards by the products that we buy and the choices we make," he writes. As an example, he points to the remote Alaskan village of Shishmaref, "the first community in the world to succumb to climate change," where houses fall into the sea due to erosion of the permafrost; he agrees with residents' assertions that this erosion is caused by pollution from "the lower forty-eight." Kostigen illustrates the effects of Americans' obsession with cheap goods by visiting Linfen City, China, "the dirtiest place on earth," where coal plants fuel the manufacturing boom. He finds the tail end of consumerism in the Pacific Ocean, where he joins a researcher tracking a spiral of debris "twice the size of Texas" that generates plastic fragments that are replacing zooplankton in the oceanic food chain. The author's approach produces mixed results. Colloquial prose conveys a great deal of information in a manner that often seems scattershot. Readers learn about per capita paper use, personal carbon emissions (a pound for every mile we drive), rates of recycling, the size of New York's Fresh Kills landfill (world's largest man-made structure), the effects of soybean farming upon the Amazon (negative) and many other subtopics. When Kostigen connectsthe dots to demonstrate the effects of human action, he often sounds pedantic, despite the melodramatic asides. Similar in content to Fred Pearce's Confessions of an Eco-Sinner (2008), this is a less engaging book. A somewhat muddled clarion for readers wishing to transform their impact upon a battered planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061580376
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/19/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
771,791
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Maude Barlow
“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!”
Mark Plotkin
“An intriguing and insightful account that deserves to be read by everyone affected by these issues which is....everyone!”
Bruce Feiler
“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.”
Duane Dahl
“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.”
Bradley Trevor Greive
“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.”
Alexandra Cousteau
“...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.”

Meet the Author

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.

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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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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.