Thomas M. Kostigen is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Green Book. He writes the Ethics Monitor column for Dow Jones MarketWatch and the Better Planet column and blog for Discover magazine. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
It's not enough to abstractly consider being "green," in the world today. Kostigen wants listeners to come face to face with the realistic outcomes of overexploitation of the world's resources. Traveling from cities where the pollution is so toxic people must always wear masks to a miles-wide flotilla of trash in the Pacific Ocean or where the rainforest meets industrialization, Kostigen provides listeners with some real evidence of excessive and detrimental waste. His goals are earnest, but though he provides typical and practical advice that people can follow every day to address these issues, his intentions don't translate well into his prose. Kostigen reads his text clearly and smoothly, and his voice and tone are easy to follow and enjoy. However, given the gravitas of his ideas, his voice lacks the passion and emphasis to reinforce his words that one might expect. A HarperOne hardcover. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Thomas Kostigen is expert at taking the complexities of climate change - distilling them, then relating the answers and solutions to our everyday lives. A common sense approach - to complex issues."--Duane Dahl, Founder of Earthlab.com "Tom'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. A book of global significance."--Bradley Trevor Greive, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE BLUE DAY BOOK and THE MEANING OF LIFE "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 Hero for the Planet "Can we change? Can we save the earth we love? You bet! Thomas Kostigen pulls no punches in this gut-wrenching book. Take it personally!"--Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians and co-founder of the Blue Planet Project "The highly readable book is filled with surprising facts and statistics, as well as many doable ways to reduce our dirty human footprint."--Rocky Mountain News "Thomas Kostigen is an intrepid activist. YOU ARE HERE takes us to the hidden frontlines 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 and ABRAHAM ..".Kostigen shows us that, in a world of limited resources, there is no such thing as an insignificant choice. Pushing us from awareness to action, this is an unforgettable story about how, through our choices, we are all tied to one another."--Alexandra Cousteau, Environmental Advocate and National Geographic Emerging Explorer