Posted by John Goetz
I ran across the following announcement this morning:
September 4, 2008
at The Union of Concerned Scientists website:
Penguin Classics Joins the Union of Concerned Scientists in Call for a New Generation of Environmental Writers
Penguin Classics has partnered with the Union of Concerned Scientists to carry the legacy of classic environmental writers Emerson and Thoreau into the 21st century. The literary publisher and science group are inviting aspiring writers and photographers to submit their personal stories and images about global warming for a new online book, Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming, to be published by the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2009.
“From Henry David Thoreau to Rachel Carson, writers have played a profound role in drawing attention to our natural environment and inspiring people to protect it,” said Elda Rotor, executive editor of Penguin Classics, publisher of some of the greatest environmental works ever written. “We believe the readers of our classic literature are concerned about global warming and will be interested in sharing their voices, photos and inspiration for this project.”
A light bulb (CFL, of course) went off in my head, and I could not resist spreading the message.
To participate, contributors must write a 200- to 500-word first-person account of global warming that relates to their life or the world around them: a special place that they want to protect; people, animals or activities they love that are threatened by a warmer climate; or the steps they are taking to stem the tide of global warming. Or, they can send a photo related to these topics. The best submissions will be included in the online book and in a limited-edition hardcover version. The submission period closes November 15, 2008.
“The writings of a new generation can inspire Americans to take on the challenge of global warming and save our natural—and national—heritage,” said Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “What better way to get the word out about this book project than through a global publisher of classic literature?”
Booksellers across the country are displaying easels and free bookmarks publicizing the project. The project will be supported by a major print and online publicity campaign, as well as a 25-city radio satellite tour, and national and trade advertising.
Contributors can submit their essays or photographs at www.ucsusa.org/americanstories.
We’ve seen many eloquent commenters on this website speak with passion about global warming. Now is their chance to reach a broader audience and let people know who the next David Thoreau, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Stephen King, or P.J. O’Rourke is. Since not all submissions will be accepted, why not cross-post them here so that we have a complete, grass-roots record of how global warming is really affecting people.
Submission guidelines can be found here. Please take particular note of the following:
Essays that center on locations must be consistent with observed shifts or future projections of global warming. For example, climate is the average of many weather events tallied over several decades; global warming cannot be blamed for individual weather events.
What an opportunity for the jeez’s and Pamela Gray’s of this forum to really shine! I am not suggesting anyone spam this effort by the UCSUSA. Be thoughtful, forthright, and witty. And for heaven’s sake use a spell-checker. Perhaps, after the submission deadline closes, we can vote for our favorite essay and image and post here for all to see. So sharpen your keyboards and get writing!