mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Earth Day’s Lesson: Protest To Survive

The unsung history of Earth Day shows that public protest, more than public opinion, is what delivers real progress. I explain further in the lead piece for The Nation’s special Earth Day issue, which features wall-to-wall coverage of the climate challenge. See especially the pieces by Naomi Klein, Rebecca Solnit and Wen Stephenson. And as you ponder the climate crisis, remember: if you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own!


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2 Responses to “Earth Day’s Lesson: Protest To Survive”

  • dick goodson says:

    G’day Mark from the ever-hotter Down-under!!
    Your book “HOT” rings a LOT of bells down here…we already have 50C in large areas of our country; and anything hotter will be close to unlivable.
    I’m doing some research as to expenditure figures for environmental remediation and remediation; but am having hellish trouble coming up with this information. Do you have somewhere you could point me to that may have collated these figures.
    Good Luck!!!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for writing, Dick, and for reading HOT. I’m glad it’s helpful. I’m afraid I’m not able to advise you on data in Australia, because it’s one of the few countries where I’ve never done any on-the-ground reporting. I do recall, though, that your CISRO agency had some very capable scientists who were NOT intimidate by the occasionally unhelpful positions taken by the federal government. You might try them.

      Good luck!

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Called "one of America’s finest reporters" by Barbara Ehrenreich, Mark Hertsgaard is the author of six books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Earth Odyssey and On Bended Knee. He has covered climate change, politics and the media for leading media outlets around the world, including Vanity Fair, The Nation, Time, The New Yorker, NPR, L’espresso, Die Zeit and Le Monde Diplomatique.