While Glaciers Slept weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of a family and a planet change. Jackson, a National Geographic Expert, reveals how these events are deeply similar and intertwined. She tells the story of her parents' struggles with cancer while describing in detail the planetary changes she's witnessed in Africa, Alaska, and in the lower 48. Above all else, Jackson shows that even in the darkest of times there is clear reason for hope and light.
Readers are drawn into a world where complex climatic themes and glacial processes are broken down for a general audience through writing often tinged with whimsy. Jackson dances us over solar, wind, and geothermal mysteries, bringing us along on expeditions where she teaches climate change for National Geographic. Climate change, she convinces us, is not just about science – it is also about the audacity of human courage and imagination. While Glaciers Slept shows us that the story of one family can be the story of one planet, and that climate change has a human face.
While Glaciers Slept is an innovative way to write about climate change, which has mass-market appeal. Climate change is in the news daily, but many people do not understand what it is, what is at stake, and most importantly, how it affects them personally. Ambivalence and confusion towards climate change by general audiences is in part rooted in scientific reports that readers find inaccessible due to the dense science and confusing language. Frankly, most of climate change media bores readers into a state of uncaring neutrality. Unpacking scientific topics such as glacier construction by utilizing every day, human analogy and metaphor is one of While Glaciers Slept's truest strengths. While Glaciers Slept is an original way to bridge the gap between the human life cycle and planetary life cycle while providing intimate access both.
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