mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Historic Paris Agreement Needs Civil Society To Succeed

The Paris agreement, signed by virtually every nation on earth, is at once an historic achievement and a monument to inadequacy. If implemented, it foreshadows the end of the fossil fuel industry, but it can only succeed if civil society–activists, local governments, business, faith and civic leaders–throughout the world push even harder to keep fossil fuels in the ground and move the global economy toward zero-carbon practices:


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2 Responses to “Historic Paris Agreement Needs Civil Society To Succeed”

  • James R. Percival says:

    Can’t you up the message?
    We are past the tipping point. We have methane coming out of the ocean and the thawed tundra that is a more concentrated green house gas than carbon. We have fracked natural gas leaking both from the fracking and the pumpers not being that careful of leaks. No slow down of the use of carbon fuels, and I don’t even get a form letter back from my Congress person Martha McSally.
    Couldn’t we enforce stop cutting rainforests in Indonesian and South America. Encourage replanting. Encourage carbon sequester techniques: enabling the oceans to grow more species that use carbon for shells, turning carbon even into renewable fuels even if we put them back down into old oil wells, invent new ways to use solar energy to trap carbon from the source and even to start taking it our of the atmosphere. I’m reading your book “Hot” and then I realized it was published in 2012 and written before that. How do we raise the intensity of the need to start really doing things now to mitigate global warming?

  • admin says:

    I entirely agree, James R. Recival, the message needs to be louder and implemented soonest. I assure you, I’m doing all I can in that direction, and so are many others. Please help us by doing all you can–beyond writing to your congressional representative, for example, you could join one of the climate action organizations. As I’ve written and written, what most creates political change is lots of people in the street!

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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.