SOPHIE'S PLANETBook - 2018
In a series of letters to his granddaughter Sophie, the world's leading climatologist shows how it is still possible to ensure that young people inherit a clean world.
Dr. James Hansen is the single most credible scientific voice worldwide on the issue of global warming. In his celebrated first book, Storms of My Grandchildren , he presented the full truth about climate change, a truth born out in the years since as climate disasters continue to ravage our world. The urgency is apparent, but the response so far has been more than inadequate--most recently demonstrated by the American president's vow to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
But Hansen remains an optimist. In a series of moving and insightful letters to his granddaughter Sophie, he speaks about the fight to preserve life on the planet, a fight that for her generation will be as personal as it is political--as much about policy actions as about the right of the Monarch, Sophie's favorite butterfly, to live and thrive on this earth.
Sophie's Planet turns towards solutions, asking: How can we connect the dots from climate observations to necessary policies? What can be done to preserve our planet for the young people that will follow us? And how can we make the climate story clear to these young people, to prepare them for what will be one of their generation's central struggles: the fight for environmental justice?
Hansen's conversations with Sophie offer a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of a life spent at the highest levels of environmental research and policy--including the realms where dark motives prevail--as well as a moving clarion call for the future of the climate change fight.