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

By Thomas M. Kostigen (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.1"
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0061580368  
EAN  9780061580369  

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An environmental journalist describes his visits to vulnerable places throughout the world to shed light on the actual costs of everyday choices, in a report that links electricity use to the melting polar ice caps, and newspapers to the destruction of the rainforests.

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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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More About Thomas M. Kostigen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! THOMAS M. KOSTIGEN is a New York Times bestselling author who has written numerous books on the environment, including The Green Book, You Are Here, The Green Blue Book, and The Big Handout. His journalism is regularly featured in publications worldwide, and he appears frequently as a public speaker, as well as television host and guest expert.

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So simple!  Aug 5, 2009
Kostigen sets out to write a book that informs us how connected we are to each other and how our actions affect people and environments we don't see. I am someone who cares about the environment and have done some reading on the topic and thus this book provided nothing new. If you have not read anything on the topic then you may find this book informative--I found it redundant and simplistic. Here are some examples to justify the latter comment:

Page 174: "I'd swap a burger for a salad every once in a while. This is how water-saving actions here affect people, places, and things 'there.'" Elsewhere in the book he suggests maybe not flushing the toilet to conserve water (of course there are toilet water conservation kits that may be a better and aromatically preferred choice).

Page 199: "I can--we can--make a simple difference by investigating where our clothes come from and whether they are made sustainably. It isn't easy figuring it out." Then he goes on to talk about plastic. One thing I struggle with is if it isn't easy for someone who writes a book on the topic to figure it out, he is not being very helpful by telling people to investigate where our clothes come from.

He concludes on page 207: "We can just as easily change its [the Earth] course again--for the better. Embracing knowledge and creating awareness can reshape our lives and make the future more certain."

Maybe this is my main problem with the book; change is NOT going to be easy and fixing the problems we have created is not going to be as simple as having a salad once in a while or not flushing the toilet sometimes. It is going to take a change in the way we live, interact, and act "civilized."
Why do YOU want to save the planet?  Jul 30, 2009
Green this, recycle that. It's everywhere now--in ads, on tv and in our stores. While it's awesome for people to be jumping on the green bandwagon, I hope that they bring more than just good intentions and "green-washed" minds.

WHY should we recycle? WHY should we change our lifestyle? This book provides some of the best answers to these WHYs with each chapter introducing readers to a place on our planet that suffers the consequences of people's choices. And these places are not limited to the U.S. or a particular country. These places range from Israel to the Great Lakes to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of great books on HOW to live a greener lifestyle, but I absolutely recommend this book to those who want to know WHY these lifestyle changes are necessary.

I learned a lot of new things from this book. It was an easy and quick read. The author gives a good amount of information (not too heavy but still extremely detailed). I definitely recommend this book for young people (middle school & high school) because I think it's something they should be aware of. A great book for adults too. It's something worth discussing.
A read worth discussion  Dec 1, 2008
Interesting read. Not sure what to do with this information, but it is definitely persuasive. The world is coming to an end...haha just kidding... but really.
Informative  Nov 11, 2008
The book gives lots of problems that I was not aware of in a different view.
Should be required reading  Oct 30, 2008
Book should be required reading for middle school thru college. This is type of book that people like Oprah should lend their weight to in their personal clubs. If just 50% of the world's population read this book and followed some of the small suggestions for improvement, generations of people would benefit. I urge everyone to read this book - it is so interesting and presents facts easily understood - and change something in their life style to help save the habitable world.

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