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The Great Unconformity: Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World (Paperback)
Part adventure, part memoir, part policy - always exciting, The Great Unconformity, takes you on a fun, fast paced tour of environmental, political and spiritual issues surrounding sustainability and climate change. Kate Troll, sometimes called "the Naomi Klein of Alaska", fills her colorful stories with humor, wisdom and hope for a brighter future. With an eye toward the millennial generation, Troll wraps her stories with the wisdom of recognized global thinkers. From climbing Denali in Alaska to running the Grand Canyon in winter, Troll's stories take you on an intriguing journey of discovery and inspiration. Sprinkled in between are her insights gained from more than twenty years in fish politics, coastal management and energy policy. Never far behind is the voice of an activist on the frontline of climate change, and her sense of wonder that comes from living among wilderness. Through Troll's examination of events we see clearly that mankind is an evolutionary force, the great disruptive unconformity. However, through her stories and insights we learn that creativity is also an evolutionary force, the great awareness unconformity. Which great unconformity will win out as the world races toward the two degree danger benchmark set by climate scientists around the world? Want to be inspired and guided on how to be part of the great awareness unconformity? Read the book as Troll is an important new voice to the now-or-never discussion on sustainability and climate change. Combining her vast Alaskan experience with her international and national work, Troll shows in her book that there is indeed hope - worldwide climate change can be tackled.
About the Author
Kate Troll is an op-ed columnist, wilderness adventurer, and speaker on conservation and climate issues. She moved to Alaska in 1977, seeking wilderness and a career in natural resource management. As Executive Director of the Alaska Conservation Voters, Kate helped draft the creation of the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund and lobbied for the Sustainable Energy Act, a comprehensive roadmap to generate 50% of Alaska's electrical energy from renewable sources by 2025. She served as Executive Director for United Fishermen of Alaska (nation's largest fishing organization). She also worked as a fisheries development specialist and policy analyst for the State of Alaska. Internationally, Kate was Regional Fisheries Director (North and South America) for the Marine Stewardship Council, a global eco-label program. She was elected to public office twice, serving on the Juneau-Douglas Borough and Ketchikan Borough Assembly. Kate was appointed by Governor Palin to serve on the Alaska Climate Mitigation Advisory Board, and was the only Alaskan invited to participate in Governor Schwarzenegger's 2008 Global Climate Summit. From 2010-2016, she wrote for the Juneau Empire and is currently a columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News. She is writing her third screenplay, Hot Ice, Cold Lies, drawing upon her activist career and wilderness adventures. Kate has skied the Great Gorge of Ruth Glacier, run the Alsek-Tatshenshini Rivers, climbed Mount Denali and Mount Kilimanjaro, rafted through the Grand Canyon in winter, and has kayaked Alaska's outside coast on several occasions. Her explorations provide inspiration for stories that reflect her deep love of place and the wisdom to be found there.
I felt like I was right there with Kate--enjoying myself while at the same time finding myself thinking a little deeper about how our world will survive. --Beth Kerttula, Life-long Alaskan and Former Director, National Ocean Council, Executive Office of the President of the United States
To read The Great Unconformity is to spend time with Kate Troll, a wonky, funny, bossy, passionate, widely read and accomplished outdoorswoman, who is delightful and inspiring company. If you only read one book on climate change, and what you can do about it, make it this one. --Heather Lende, NY Times bestselling author of "If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name"
Here is an important new voice to the now-or-never discussion of climate change. --Phillip Hoose, National Book Award Winner
The Great Unconformity...sets a high standard for courage and determination in this, our last chance to get it right." --Kathleen Dean Moore, author, "Great Tide Rising" and "Piano Tide"
An important and very timely book. --James Gustave Speth, former Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
I devoured this book and learned a great deal from its many wise and colorful stories about glaciers and whales, Irish pubs and Ecuadorian fisheries, and best of all love, family, redemption and hope. --Kim Heacox, author of "The Only Kayak"