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‘We Know That There Are Some Choices That Are Better’

Extinction Author Outlines Needs for Future

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As the Earth warms from natural and man-made sources, author Elizabeth Kolbert draws parallels to previous extinction patterns. (Detroit Public Media)
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In advance of Earth Day, we hear from Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” Kolbert warns in her book that unless we change habits soon, the Earth and climate will reach an irreversible point, creating conditions unsuitable for organic life on Earth and starting the sixth extinction.

Although grim this tale may be, Kolbert points out, “It doesn’t matter if you are hopeful, it doesn’t matter if you are not hopeful. It doesn’t matter if you are an optimist or pessimist, let’s get on with it. We know that there are some choices that are better and that there are some choices that are worse.”

This video is from our public media friends at Detroit Public TV.

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