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The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells Inspires Upcoming HBO Series

David Wallace-Wells’ instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth has been making waves and waking up the world to the realities of climate change since it was published. And now, HBO Max has just greenlit an anthology series of the same name, using his book as inspiration and source material. 

Comprised of fictional, stand-alone stories envisioning many possible futures that could result from our planet’s rapid warming, The Uninhabitable Earth series will enlist top writers and directors to showcase the realities of human life in the future Wallace-Wells painted so vividly. Stories will be told in a wide-range of genres, and cover all kinds of situations Wallace-Wells forecast, from rising sea levels and refugee emergencies, to food shortages and economic devastation.


Wallace-Wells himself will be serving as a consulting producer, with Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer and Hyperobject Industries’ Adam MacKay (The Big Short, Ant-Man, Anchorman) set to helm the project. Other executive producers include Kevin Messick (Succession), wiip’s Mark Roybal (No Country for Old Men), and Animal Kingdom’s David Kaplan (It Follows).


Sure to be provocative, entertaining, and disconcerting, this is but the latest development in a very busy year for Wallace-Wells, whose books was also named to the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019, GQ's Best Books of 2019, the New Yorker's Favorite Books of 2019, and was chosen as one of TIME's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019. Wallace-Wells is the Deputy Editor at New York magazine, and a National Fellow at the New America Foundation.


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The Top Climate Change Speakers Taking Action in the Fight for Our Future

A year ago, Greta Thunberg was an unknown Swedish teenager striking from school once a week to protest climate inaction. Today, she’s a global icon and climate activist that’s inspired a nation. Alongside Greta, these top Climate Change speakers are united in the fight to save our planet, and they show us—beyond activism—what we must do to ensure a sustainable future.

The climate catastrophe is transforming everything from politics to society to business, and not necessarily for the better. In the instant bestseller An Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, David Wallace-Wells imagines the future in the aftermath of the natural devastation. The threat of food shortages, economic destruction and refugee emergency is a scary, but powerful, motivator to change our ways.


David Wallace-Wells,

Award-winning journalist Naomi Klein brings urgent attention to the climate crisis with her latest book On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. A powerfully rousing call-to-action, On Fire reminds us that what we do next will determine our future, and shows us a politically viable path to sustainability is still possible.


Naomi Klein at A Green New Deal for All


Together we can mobilize and rally against the forces of climate change, says Bill McKibben. Author of the very first book on global warming (1989’s The Force of Nature), McKibben has been in this fight against climate change a long time. Dubbed by TIME as “perhaps the planet’s best green journalist,” McKibben is a voice of inspiration and a leader to follow.


Bill McKibben: 2018

There are emotional and existential consequences to a warming world. Science writer and broadcaster Britt Wray explores these psychological impacts, from people questioning whether or not to have children, to the troubling rise in drug abuse and PTSD. She makes a compelling argument for mental health to be incorporated into our climate survival strategy.


How climate change affects your mental health | Britt Wray

World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky explores large-scale social issues through his work, including the damage and upheaval caused by the climate crisis. His documentary project ANTHROPOCENE—the third in an award-winning trilogy—documents the damning evidence than humans are, indeed, the cause of permanent planetary change (along with collaborations Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencient).


Edward Burtynsky - Global Landscapes


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David Wallace-Wells on Climate Crisis, Practical Policies, and Holding onto Hope, with The Guardian

In an in-depth interview with The Guardians Ian Tucker, author and journalist David Wallace-Wells follows up on his recent hit book, The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future. Where does he stand now on his predictions and analysis of our impending climate crises, and what do we really have to do now to save ourselves—from ourselves?

“The world is going to get warmer. Almost inevitably, there will be a lot more pain and suffering in it than we have now. But how much is really up to us.”

— David Wallace-Wells

Though still a very recent book, at the time The Uninhabitable Earth was in Wallace-Wells’ publisher’s hands, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had yet to be elected, no one knew who Greta Thurnberg was, and no one was talking about Extinction Rebellion. That’s just how fast things are moving these days—with positives like the rising Thunbergs of the world existing in tandem with the horror of the fires ravaging the Amazon. But Wallace-Wells knows the story goes beyond anyone individual, including himself, and in true journalistic fashion takes his responsibility to report the story as it unfolds objectively. “I still feel like a chronicler of the story rather than a protagonist,” he told The Guardian


The rising intensity—the UN says we need to cut global emissions in half by 2030 to avoid catastrophic warming—shouldn’t be a deterrent to pushing for change, says Wallace-Wells. “I’m really heartened and excited by all of the new activist energy that we’ve seen over the last year.” One big way to counteract the climate crisis that still lies within our grasp, he proposes, is the possibility of a cooperative pact between the U.S. and China, something akin to “the nuclear non-proliferation agreements that were made between the US and Russia in the cold war,” where the nations remained rivals but were jointly committed to protecting the planet as a whole from the existential threat of mutually assured destruction.


“If the US and China really took aggressive leadership on this issue, the collective action problem would become less important—the world’s most powerful countries have a way of bending the will of the less powerful,” he explains. It won’t be an easy road, but with leaders like Wallace-Wells illuminating the truth to the general public in such a vivid, vital way as The Uninhabitable Earth, a call to action could actually affect real change.


Or as he puts it, “…we need to fight to make the world the one we want to live in rather than giving up hope before the fight is really over.”


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“All Hands on Deck”: Uninhabitable Earth Author David Wallace-Wells Discusses the Motivating Force of Climate Change

We absolutely love it when two Lavin speakers get together to share world-changing ideas, and that happened on Douglas Rushkoff’s most recent episode of his Team Human podcast, “The Power of Panic,” when he and The Uninhabitable Earth author David Wallace-Wells got down to brass tacks around climate change, and the power of human anxiety to counter complacency.

“Being scared can be motivating,” David Wallace-Wells tells Douglas Rushkoff on the recent episode. “We can see the movement against smoking, against nuclear proliferation, against drunk driving. These are all public health campaigns, and I do think that the public health aspect of climate change is something that has been underutilized by advocates of it.” As author of the landmark climate change book The Uninhabitable Earth, Wallace-Wells shares how fear for the planet—and the future of human health—was what shook him from complacency. “It’s an all-encompassing story that affects us all.”


Over the hourlong episode, the two journalists, authors, and social change speakers engage deeply with the different motivating factors that have the potential to affect the climate crisis in real, world-changing ways. “Confronting imminent catastrophe head-on is the only option,” says Rushkoff, “if we’re going to evade extinction.” And while it might sounds like a scary conversation, these two charismatic raconteurs are anything but grim. Together, Rushkoff and Wallace-Wells reveal how living in a hotter and less hospitable world will require collective political engagement—a.k.a. all hands on deck—if we are to turn this ship around.


Listen to the episode here.


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Top Climate Change Speakers: Facing the Future of Our Environments

Greenhouse gases. Rising sea levels. Extreme weather conditions. Our Climate Change Speakers ask hard questions: how have human beings influenced the Earth’s temperatures? How will these changes affect communities and species across the globe? And, importantly, is there still time  to change our ways? These top climate change speakers say yes, vibrantly outlining what we must do on a personal, political, and environmental level to ensure a greener future. 

Jared Diamond – Author of Upheaval and Guns, Germs, and Steel 


Why societies collapse | Jared Diamond


Pulitzer Prize Winner, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and one of the world’s Top 10 Public Intellectuals, climate change speaker Jared Diamond uniquely addresses our world in crisis—from global warming to Brexit—revealing a brilliant new theory of how and why some nations recover from crisis and others don’t. With his expansive wisdom, he shows audiences how we can apply this knowledge to the global crisis that climate change represents.


Naomi Klein – Author of This Changes Everything | Activist 


Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything | Bioneers


An award-winning journalist, columnist, and the #1 international bestselling author, climate change speaker Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything exposes the myths of the climate debate. It’s “the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring” says (The New York Times). Her forthcoming book, On Fire (September 2019), takes on the global climate justice movement and makes an urgent case for a Green New Deal.


David Wallace-Wells – Author of The Uninhabitable Earth


David Wallace-Wells,


In his critically hailed instant New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth, climate change speaker David Wallace-Wells tells the epic climate crisis story of our time. In urgent talks, he asks key questions—how will the map of global power shift as coastlines are redrawn?—and reminds us that everything is within our control, so long as we resist complacency. 


Bill McKibben –  Author of The End of Nature | Environmentalist 


Everyone Knew about Climate Change. Why Didn’t We Do Anything? | Bill McKibben


Of all the challenges the planet faces, none is as large as its fast-heating climate—and no one has worked longer or harder than climate change speaker Bill McKibben both to document and fight that ever-growing crisis. The author of the first book about global warming—1989’s The End of Nature—McKibben went on to found 350.org, which has become the biggest grassroots climate campaign in the world. His latest book, Falter—already a New York Times bestseller—offers a call-to-arms, 30 years after The End of Nature set the stage. Hopeful but realistic, McKibben “combines fear of bad outcomes with hope for good outcomes,” says The New York Times.   


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