Crossing the far corners of the globe, Tales of an Ecotourist showcases travel, from the hot and humid Amazon jungle to the frozen but dry Antarctic, as a simple yet spellbinding lens to better understand the complex issue of climate change. At its core, climate change is an issue few truly understand, in large part due to its dizzying array of scientific, economic, cultural, social, and political variables.
Using both keen humor and memorable anecdotes, while weaving respected scientific studies along the way, Mike Gunter Jr. transports the reader to five famous ecodestinations, from the Galapagos Islands to the Great Barrier Reef, revealing firsthand the increasing threats of climate change. Part travelogue, part current events exposé, with a healthy dose of history, ecology, and politics, these tales of ecoadventure tackle such obstacles head on while fleshing out much-needed personal context to perhaps society’s greatest threat of all.
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About the Author
Mike Gunter Jr. is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty member and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins College where he serves as Professor and Chair of the Political Science department and Director of International Affairs in the Holt School. He is the author of Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Introduction: Seeing the World Anew
Part I. What's Up, Doc?
The Galápagos Islands and Scientific Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change
1. Cartoonish Beginnings
2. From Maps to Modeling
3. Queasiness and Uncertainty
4. Darwin, Science, and Spirituality
5. Irreversible Is Not Inevitable
Part II. Show Me the Money!
The Great Barrier Reef and Economic Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change
6. Looks Can Be Deceiving
7. The Blame Game
8. Building Blocks . . . and Tearing Them Down
9. Human Influences—From Lemons to Lemonade?
10. Spending to Save
Part III. Lions, Rhinos, And Hyenas . . . Oh My
South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and Cultural Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change
12. Rainbow Nation
13. Parks and People
14. All Politics Is Local, but . . .
Part IV. I Have a Dream
Tambopata Research Center and Social Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change
15. Traveling Alone
16. Amid the Deafening Silence
17. Nurturing Nature—at the Nest
18. At the Colpa Colorado
Part V. THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
The Antarctic Peninsula and Political Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change
19. Kicking the Carbon Habit
20. Market Mechanisms: Cap and Trade versus the Carbon Tax
21. Fundamentally Flawed?
22. More with Less . . . Or, from Vicious to Virtuous Circles
Conclusions: The Power of Travel