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Elizabeth Rush (Rising, 2018) will be speaking during Week Three of Chautauqua Institute's 2019 season, "A Planet in Balance: A Week Partnership with National Geographic Society." In response to a rapidly changing planet, National Geographic is leveraging its legacy of exploration, innovation and vibrant storytelling to further solutions. From funding cutting-edge technologies to leading advancements in science communication, Week Three will uncover how National Geographic is using 21st-century tools to shape the future of exploration and to address the greatest challenge our world has ever faced, explore our own choices, and discover how we can reduce our human footprint.
With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant―and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.