Awake on Earth: Facing Climate Change With Sanity and Grace

by Carla A. Wise, 2016.  Available through your local bookstore, or on Amazon.

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This is a pivotal moment for humans on Earth: we are just now beginning to grasp the implications of a destabilizing climate and understand that our world is at risk. Chaotic weather, wildfires, ocean acidification, and other signs of a warming world are increasing as experts issue ever more dire warnings. Many of us wonder how to think, feel, and act. Written by a biologist and mother who needed to come to terms with her deepening dread about all the climate news, Awake on Earth is an exploration of climate change that is grounded in science, wholistic, and personal. In it, Carla Wise explores what we are facing, why, and how we might respond with more honesty, courage, and even grace.  If you want to gain a better understanding of climate change, or are searching for a way to negotiate these times with clarity and optimism, this book is for you.

“Going beyond a new light bulb is crucial if we’re going to make an impact on climate change. Carla Wise offers some sage insights in this new volume.
–Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

“A beautifully written and honest appraisal. It is a must-read for anyone who loves a child.”
–Mary Christina Wood, author of Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age

“A highly readable balance of science and personal experience, raising tantalizing possibilities for human transformation.”
–Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Great Tide Rising and co-editor of Moral Ground

“Well written and inspiring. Simply excellent.”
–Kari Norgaard, author of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life

About Carla:

I’m an environmental writer and advocate for climate solutions based in western Oregon.  I’ve written on may topics, including forest management, endangered species protection, agriculture, the local foods movement, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and biomimicry, but these days my writing focuses on climate change.  I have a master’s degree in environmental studies and a Ph.D. in biology and have worked as a teacher,  natural resource policy analyst, environmental consultant, and plant conservation biologist. My writing has appeared in publications including The Oregonian, High Country News, The Huffington Post, and The Utne Reader. Awake on Earth is my first book. Bio>>

Selected Writing:

12/22/17 Capital Press, Opinion, Carla Wise and Steve Ghan
Oregon can help stop climate change

5/23/17 Writers on the Range, High Country News
On climate change: ‘Do Something, do anything, just don’t do nothing

1/24/17 Huffington Post
Is 10% a magic number for climate action?

9/6/16 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Blog
Climate advocates must listen to progressives’ concerns too

1/15/15 Writers on the Range, High Country News 
Climate Change Activism Needs Anybody

4/22/14 Corvallis Gazette-Times Op-Ed
As I See It: We can act to improve climate change outlook

Burning to Zero, in Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming, Torrey House Press, 2013

6/16/11 Ten Rivers Food Web
As climate change begins threatening the world’s food supply, going local makes more sense than ever

5/16/11 High Country News Writers on the Range
Me and my SUV

1/24/11 High Country News
Small poultry farmers grapple with lack of slaughterhouses