Review: The Fate of Nature

Is it too late to save the world? No–seriously.

I finally put down an advance copy of Charles Wohlforth’s new book, “The Fate of Nature“. It’s due in bookstores June 8.

I first met Charles when we both wrote for the Anchorage Daily News. He was one of the lead reporters for the News that covered the Exxon Valdez oil spill 21 years ago. Now, he authors the “Frommer’s” guides on Alaska.

In “The Fate of Nature“, Charles calls on his own reporting experience to answer some big questions about nature, human beings and our connection with the animals, the trees…the wilderness.

Those of us who love wilderness should pick up the book and learn what ordinary people are doing to look at our world in a new way. Specifically, Charles examines the deep, unwritten connections between the environment and each one of us. After reading the book, I’m beginning to look at the ocean, the wilderness–and my fellow human beings–in a new way.

Charles’s viewpoint is decidedly hopeful. Perhaps it’s because of his inherent optimism. Or maybe it’s because he’s fallen in love with Alaska’s wilderness. Regardless, in The Fate of Nature, Charles takes us into the world of Orca whales, Alaska Native villages, natural catastrophe and the mysterious science to examine how we know what we know…and why it all matters.

So, I’m not saying that reading Charles’s book will save the world. But you’ll learn how extraordinary efforts by ordinary people like you and me can indeed change the world–perhaps to save it in the process.

Mindy O’Neall and I hosted Charles on the Alaska Travelgram radio show last week–and talked about The Fate of Nature. Listen to the Podcast on iTunes.

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