"Here’s the playbook for the years ahead: loving but savvy… Amy Seidl talks us through the possibilities we have on the planet we’ve created. A landmark book."
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and Deep Economy
"A wonderful and neccesary book… passionate, knowledgeable, and full of unflinching courage, Finding HIgher Ground exhorts us to open our eyes to ‘the agitation of change.’ We can´t adapt with them shut."
Sandra Steingraber, author of Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis
While much of the global warming conversation rightly focuses on reducing our carbon footprint, the reality is that even if we were to immediately cease emissions, we would still face climate change into the next millennium. In Finding Higher Ground, Amy Seidl takes the uniquely positive-yet realistic-position that humans and animals can adapt and persist despite these changes.
Drawing on an emerging body of scientific research, Seidl brings us stories of adaptation from the natural world and from human communities. She offers examples of how plants, insects, birds, and mammals are already adapting both behaviorally and genetically. Within ten years, one plant species in a drought-stricken area has evolved to fit its life cycle into the shorter growing season. Red squirrels are breeding earlier to take advantage of the food supplied by an earlier spring. And some birds are migrating shorter distances, or not at all, as their northern habitats become milder.
As Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver examine food issues through their own families' meals, Amy Seidl looks at climate change through family walks in the woods, work in her garden, and seasonal events throughout the year. She brings home the message of global warming by considering how it has altered her life, the natural communities around her, and the traditions of her small New England town —the classic, iconic landscape celebrated by Robert Frost, Norman Rockwell, and many others.