CLSC Book Discussion: 'The End of Ice' by Dahr Jamail
Join fellow readers to discuss this week’s Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle selection, The End of Ice by Dahr Jamail. Conversation is facilitated by CLSC staff and a member of the Chautauqua community. All readers welcome.
In The End of Ice, we follow Dahr Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers.
Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planet’s wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before.
Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicle of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.
Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, is also the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. He has won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism and the Izzy Award. He lives in Washington State.