Though it includes an abundance of scientific fact, To Reach the Spring focuses primarily on how we think about global warming, particularly the way human society manages to paralyze itself in the face of oncoming catastrophe.
Beginning with a letter to his future (potential) grandchild, Nathaniel Popkin delves into psychology, politics, and the economics of capitalism to analyze what's wrong. Then, through ethical reasoning, he outlines a possible redemption.
Long active in the environmental movement, Popkin described the present era as an "age of loss" in a 2018 essay in The New York Times. His new book is an extension and deepening of that concern. The title references a quotation from Primo Levi: "Today, here, our only purpose is to reach the spring."
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