October Book: Storms of Our Grandchildren by James Hansen

by Olivia Dorothy

Join the Environmental Book Club on October 24 at 7PM at River Action in Davenport to discuss Storms of Our Grandchildren by James Hansen.

In Storms of Our Grandchildren, famed climate scientist James Hansen recounts his personal journey from low-profile researcher to climate activist.  Hansen’s rise to fame came during his time as a public servant at NASA where he was involved in several high-profile reports on climate change.  His public service work understanding climate change and its impacts began in the 1980s and continued into President Obama’s Administration.  He was thrust into the public spotlight when he challenged the Bush Administration’s efforts to manipulate government studies that revealed the magnitude of the climate change threat.

His dogged efforts to blow the whistle on the Bush Administration’s effort to politicize climate change came at great professional risk.  Inspired by the thought of his grandchildren and their future world, Hansen weathered the storms, challenging bad public policies and explaining the science behind climate disruption for the public at large.

Hansen’s book, Storms of Our Grandchildren, recounts his life in the spot light.  He reflects on his many political mistakes, like being out maneuvered by politicians like Dike Chaney and the emotional trauma of being on a losing campaign.  Woven into easy to understand scientific explanations of different climate phenomena, Hansen explains what we knew when and the brutal fight to get that information to the public.

Of course, the fight is far from over and Hansen has lessons for us all to learn about endurance in the face of seeming insurmountable political pressure.  A great read for today’s political climate.  Join our discussion on October 24 at 7PM at River Action in Davenport.

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Sierra Club Eagle View Group 2nd Annual Dinner

By Michael Wilcox

The Sierra Club Eagle View Group will be having its second annual dinner on October 20, 2017, at the Freight House. Fresh Deli will be catering the meal. The dinner will cost $45 and will include a selection of three entrees (served buffet style), desert and two complimentary glasses of wine or beer. The featured speaker will be Jennifer Loeb who not too long ago climbed Mt. Everest. She lives and works in the Cedar Rapids area and is the first woman from Iowa to climb Mt. Everest. More about Jen:

Jen Loeb was born and raised on a small family farm in Jesup, IA. She graduated from Jesup high school and later from Wartburg College with a degree in biology. Jen started climbing in 2010. On May 19, 2016 she became the first woman from Iowa to summit Mount Everest. Jen’s trying to become the first woman from Iowa to complete the “7 Summits” which is when you climb the highest peak in every continent. She currently has 6 of the 7 done…the only one left is Vinson Massif in Antartica. As of right now there are only 22 women from the USA that have completed the 7 summits.

If you are interested please RSVP by October 13 at http://www.sierraclub.org/illinois/eagle-view/support-us