January 10 – The Icefall is All

book coverToday I will write a shelftalker for an upcoming book and get ready to promote the hell out of it. It isn’t published until March 14, 2017, but I want to be ready! As an indie bookseller, I was shipped an ARC (advanced reader copy) of the book.

Icefall: Adventures at the Wild Edges of Our Dangerous, Changing Planet

John All, the author, is a climate scientist. He has climbed to the top of Mount Everest and taken samples and tested them, and done the same in hot climates and on scuba dives beneath the surface of the ocean.

Guess what, folks? Climate change is REAL.

As my friend Asa, a college physics teacher once said, yes, you are entitled to your own opinions, but you are NOT entitled to make up your own facts. So many people out there are making up facts. There aren’t *true facts* and *facts*, Sarah Palin, there is only the truth. But I guess you wouldn’t recognize it if it shot your caribou in the face.

Anyway, this book is full of facts, fun, amazing, adventurous and educational. The extreme sports that John All goes to in order to combine his love of the outdoors with his love or science make a fun armchair read. But it’s also a sobering one, which is why I will recommend it all over the bookstore.

John All speaks with indigenous people from the mountains of Tibet and Nepal to the rainforests of South America, and they ALL remember that things were different, much different in their grandparents’ day. Mostly, there was more rainfall, more snowfall, and more water available everywhere. This does not bode well for us, folks.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Read the book. Pass it on.

My message for Trump: To paraphrase George Bush, it’s the environment, stupid.

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