Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org has a new book out called Eaarth in which he argues that carbon pollution has already reshaped the planet enough that it warrants a new name. He recently stopped by Grist's office in Seattle recently to talk more about it:
Here's an excerpt from the interview:
Grist: You've been really busy over the last year organizing with 350.org. What led you to write a book during all that?
McKibben: Well, theoretically I'm a writer. I wrote The End of Nature 21 years ago, and it was an early warning. There were a lot of warnings and nobody paid any attention. Now people need to understand that the "warning time" has passed. One of my reasons for writing was the sense I got beginning in the summer of 2007 with the rapid melt of the Arctic: All these scientists who had been worried and sober for a long time were basically panicked now. I wanted to try to get that across. So the first chapter of the book, about the most recent science, is a bit of a two-by-four upside the head. Even many of the scientists working on this stuff don't know it all because they come from such different disciplines: The ocean guys don't know just how tough it is in the glaciers. The glaciologists aren't quite up to date with what's going on with storms.
The last two-thirds of the book are much more speculative. If we have a new planet, how do we live on it successfully? Instead of the list of the six things you should do to improve your greenness, it's an attempt to intellectually grapple with that. The key environmental question we face seems to be: How do we make extremely large transitions? What does that look like?
Read the rest of the interview at Grist.