Dahr Jamail, a new show with the author of "The End of Ice"
Air Dates: April 18-20, 2020
This Week: A NEW Interview with Award-Winning Journalist & Author DAHR JAMAIL, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22)
-- Part 2 of Interview Taped in February 2020 --How To Respond To Life-Changing Circumstances Beyond Our Control & How a Return To Nature Can Sustain Us
"Instead of telling people what to do, I really defer to people getting very, very quiet, go to a place in nature where you feel really connected to the earth and asking how to be of service to the planet and then listening. Because I believe if this is done the right way, that we will get that information... Because these times are going to call on us at a level of commitment to what we do that we haven’t had to have before." Dahr Jamail
April 16, 2020 – In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, REPORT FROM SANTA FE presents a new interview with Dahr Jamail, environmental activist and author of award-winning "The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption." This is the second part of an interview taped in February 2020, discussing how to respond to life-changing circumstances beyond our control and how a return to nature can sustain us.
Although this interview was taped just before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit broadly in the U.S., a deep read of Jamail's work suggests that the solutions to COVID-19 and climate change could be the same. The global spread of the coronavirus is intricately connected with the climate crisis. The dramatic reduction in air pollution that resulted from distancing benefits the climate and the health of people fighting COVID-19.
In the year since "The End of Ice" was first published, it has been featured in the Smithsonian Magazine's "Top Ten Science Books for 2019," as well as being short listed for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. With 21 pages of scientific citations, Jamail endeavors to give people as accurate a view as possible as to where the planet is right now so "we can start making very, very clear well-informed decisions about how then best should we use our time and how can we best be of service to the planet? Because those things never change no matter how bleak things appear. We are beholden to future generations and we are beholden to the planet to still get up and behave accordingly every single day."
Outlining steps of repair, mitigation, and adaptation, "The End of Ice" offers much to think about and do. For those seeking hope, Jamail offers this quote from Vaclev Havel, “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something is worth doing no matter how it turns out.”
“As a species, we now hang over the abyss of a geoengineered future we have created for ourselves. At our insistence, our voracious appetite is consuming nature itself. We have refused to heed the warnings Earth has been sending, and there is no rescue team on its way." -- Dahr Jamail “The End of Ice”
Jamail writes for Truthout, the BBC, NPR, the Guardian, the Nation, Al Jazeera, and more. He won the 2018 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media, as well as the Martha Gelhorn Award for Journalism, awards for Social Justice Journalism, Civic Courage, and five Project Censored Awards.