Third Place Books welcomes physicist, engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social innovator Peter Fiekowsky to our Lake Forest Park store for a presentation of Climate Restoration: The Only Future That Will Sustain the Human Race, written with Carole Douglis. With the global climate crisis continuing to spiral out of control, the time for tough conversations about what it will really take to create a healthy future for humanity is here. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.
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People around the world recognize the dire threat posed by climate change. Governments, businesses, and individuals are making commitments to shift to renewable energy sources, trim consumption, and otherwise reduce their carbon footprints.
But what if these steps are woefully inadequate to ensure the future health—or even the survival—of the human race? What if the most popular goal being pursued by today's climate activists—net zero carbon emissions—is actually a recipe for human disaster?
That's the warning being sounded by scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur Peter Fiekowsky . . .along with an urgent call to refocus our rescue efforts on a much bigger, bolder, yet fully achievable goal—the goal of restoring the climate to the healthy state that will allow human beings to thrive.
Scientific data show that humans evolved and thrived in a world where atmospheric CO2 levels were below 300 parts per million (ppm). Meeting the goal of net zero emissions will leave us with a dangerous level of about 460 ppm. We need to do much better-to return the world to climate conditions that we know are healthy for humans.
As Fiekowsky explains in Climate Restoration, this will require removing a trillion tons of excess CO2 from the atmosphere. The good news is that this task, while enormous and technically challenging, is eminently feasible. Scientists and engineers have developed four major technologies for greenhouse gas removal and storage: Ocean iron fertilization; synthetic limestone manufacture; seaweed permaculture; and methane oxidation.
Fiekowsky shows that these technologies are safe and practical—and, even more remarkable, that they require little if any government funding, since they can be financed largely through existing markets. For these reasons, they have enormous promise as vehicles for achieving climate restoration.
With the global climate crisis continuing to spiral out of control, the time for tough conversations about what it will really take to create a healthy future for humanity is here. Climate Restoration will inspire those conversations and, ultimately, the actions we must take to ensure a livable planet for generations to come.
"With inviting clarity and an engaging optimism, Fiekowsky considers four promising solutions [for climate restoration], presenting the possibilities with persuasive power. He simplifies the science for easy comprehension, and makes the case with such hopeful vigor that the book becomes something rare: a dead-serious, no-illusions look at climate change that doesn't stir despair."
—Publishers Weekly BookLife
"Peter Fiekowsky has written the consummate book for our time. It is a must-read for anyone who cares about life, the Earth, and future generations. His science is impeccable, and his capacity to see what's missing and provide it is sheer brilliance. This book lays out the path forward with clarity, honesty, and integrity—the tide-turning, revelatory message we have been waiting for."
—Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money and co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance
"If ever there was a time for vision and innovation in human society, this is it. Peter Fiekowsky is laser-focused on the values that should unite us all, especially leaving a planet of which we can be proud to our children—and he speaks clearly and passionately about climate restoration as a crucial complement to mitigation and adaptation. Let's find a way to make it happen."
—Phoebe Barnard, CEO/Executive Director, Stable Planet Alliance; Co-Founder, GirlPlanet.Earth; and Affiliate Full Professor, University of Washington
Peter Fiekowsky is an MIT-educated physicist and engineer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a social innovator. He has worked at NASA and the Fairchild/Schlumberger Artificial Intelligence Lab in Palo Alto, Calif; taught at MIT; and developed his own machine vision company, Automated Visual Inspection LLC (AVI). He holds 27 patents and is on the board of Solar Capex, a fintech company to help complete the global transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2040 by tripling the rate of investment in solar projects. He launched the Foundation for Climate Restoration in 2017 to work with top scientists, innovators, policymakers, and others, to create the understanding and policy needed to further climate restoration, and served as its Board Chairman until 2020. He has been an investor in and advisor to many companies working in the climate restoration field, in particular synthetic limestone, clean energy financing, cold fusion, ocean restoration, kelp, and methane oxidation. Fiekowsky lives with his wife Sharon in Los Altos, near his grown son and daughter in the heart of Silicon Valley.
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