mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Blogging again, and with good news

Sorry, everyone, that I’ve been absent from this site recently.  The book tour for HOT was a smashing success but also all-consuming, and by the end I’d caught a nasty cold.  I’m recovering now and eager to get back in the game.

I can’t think of a better re-entry post than the article I wrote about the recent PowerShift conference of young climate activists in Washington, D.C., which included a demonstration outside the White House and a surprise meeting with the president inside it.  Think those two events were related?  Read my story and decide for yourself:



One Response to “Blogging again, and with good news”

  • Richard Martin says:

    I am glad to see this increasing concern among young people. I hope it fosters in the same kind of passion and protest the anti-Vietnam war movement did in the sixties. It should, after all, it wil be their world to deal with. It may very well be the catalyst for change we need to ramp this up to a point where the public at large gets the message.

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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.