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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas M. Kostigen Narrator: Thomas M. Kostigen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780061738326
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In this groundbreaking book, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Green Book Thomas M. Kostigen reveals the vital missing link in today’s environmental crisis: how we as individuals are connected to the most tenuous geography on the planet. Despite the recent prominence of “green” issues in the news, the direct relationship between our actions and the earth is too often ignored. But the seemingly insignificant things we do every day have the power to literally alter the landscape in the ongoing battle to resuscitate the planet.

There are living narratives of climate change that reveal the consequences of our everyday actions. You Are Here allows us to both comprehend and care about what’s happening in these encampments of ruin. Kostigen shows us what may well be a glimpse of our future in Linfen City, China, one of the most polluted places on the planet. From a garbage patch twice the size of Texas in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, to the melting arctic ice shelf, to the flood zone that is Mumbai, India, to the dwindling rainforests of the Amazon, You Are Here describes the environmental crisis in a way we can feel, see, and touch. Kostigen presents us with opportunities for change and shows us how to take action on the spot, wherever we are. Combining groundbreaking research and page-turning frontline reporting, Kostigen pulls back the curtain on the most pressing and provocative issues of the day and in so doing we see the earth and our place on it in a brand new light.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kostigen is an intrepid activist. You Are Here takes us to the hidden front lines of the war over natural resources and reveals how each of us can improve our planet without leaving home. A passionate and heartfelt call to care.”

    Bruce Feiler, author of Walking the Bible

  • “Kostigen takes readers on a whirlwind worldwide tour to expose the havoc being wreaked on the earth.”

    Condé Nast Traveler

  • “Certainly we need crash courses like this one, from knowledgeable authors who educate instead of preach. A Paul Theroux type with an environmental agenda, Kostigen doesn’t tell us to save the world; he shows us the price already being paid for our failure to do so.”

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  • “An intriguing and insightful account that deserves to be read by everyone affected by these issues, which is…everyone!”

    Mark Plotkin, founder of the Amazon Conservation Team and Time magazine’s “Hero for the Planet”

  • “Kostigen’s quest for global perspective sees him scale every vantage point short of the moon and the results are jaw-dropping. Borneo, Alaska, Israel, China, India, and the Amazon—You Are Here has it all. This is a book of global significance.”

    Bradley Trevor Greive, author of The Blue Day Book

  • “Thomas Kostigen pulls no punches in this gut-wrenching book.”

    Maude Barlow, cofounder of the Blue Planet Project

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/2/2014

    " This is a very good book. It tells how what we do effects what happens to other people all over the world. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 7/5/2013

    " Somewhat disheartening yet insightful and exceedingly important theme. It's intent is to wake people up to what we are doing to our home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 6/11/2013

    " A book we should all read to learn more about the planet and our role in keeping it healthy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandru | 4/2/2013

    " This was an interesting book. The information presented in it brings nothing new to someone already familiar with environmental issues but the way the author wrote about them still made a great impact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheree | 1/16/2013

    " This was very interesting and will make you think about were your trash will end up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 12/13/2012

    " I just think everyone should be required to read this book! All of the exact facts and numbers can make it seem a little like a textbook, but the knowledge gained here may prove to be much more useful than most of what welearned in school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 7/21/2012

    " Good attempt at bringing to light the effects of our oftentimes wasteful energy usage on humanity. Some eye-opening numbers, but not the best read on the environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 5/1/2012

    " Quick read... full of interesting facts. A typo in it annoyed me, but it was pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 2/13/2012

    " Somewhat dated, over-simplified, and poor at explaining consequences in true human scale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 10/21/2011

    " Makes you really think about the effects of our capitalistic society and gives you ideas on how you can change your habits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 9/17/2010

    " This book was very eye-opening. It was educational, but in a conversational tone and was not at all preachy. I actually enjoyed Thomas Kostigen's dialogue, while learning facts and statistics. The stories of his travels were inspiring and thought-provoking. I recommend this book to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 5/4/2010

    " I just think everyone should be required to read this book! All of the exact facts and numbers can make it seem a little like a textbook, but the knowledge gained here may prove to be much more useful than most of what welearned in school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 10/30/2009

    " A book we should all read to learn more about the planet and our role in keeping it healthy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 5/16/2009

    " Good attempt at bringing to light the effects of our oftentimes wasteful energy usage on humanity. Some eye-opening numbers, but not the best read on the environment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheree | 3/6/2009

    " This was very interesting and will make you think about were your trash will end up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/26/2009

    " Somewhat disheartening yet insightful and exceedingly important theme. It's intent is to wake people up to what we are doing to our home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 12/9/2008

    " This is a very good book. It tells how what we do effects what happens to other people all over the world. Well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/1/2008

    " This book was very eye-opening. It was educational, but in a conversational tone and was not at all preachy. I actually enjoyed Thomas Kostigen's dialogue, while learning facts and statistics. The stories of his travels were inspiring and thought-provoking. I recommend this book to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 11/21/2008

    " Quick read... full of interesting facts. A typo in it annoyed me, but it was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/17/2008

    " Makes you really think about the effects of our capitalistic society and gives you ideas on how you can change your habits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 11/11/2008

    " Well written and easy to read description of important environmental issues and how our daily activities contribute to them. Also makes a few simple suggestions for reducing our individual contributions to these problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnie | 11/2/2008

    " Okay, well I'm actually "reading" the CD version.

    Amazing...
    Very informative...
    I learned about things and places I didn't even know existed.

    A MUST READ (or listen) BOOK!!!! "

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