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Carrie Saxifrage set out to write a book that people who aren’t interested in the issue would enjoy. The Big Swim reconnects personal life with climate change through stories that are funny and touching. This accessible book can be enjoyed by a broad audience and used to start the conversations we need to have, the ones about how working toward climate stability brings meaning and shared purpose, and how we need to free ourselves from fossil fuels and embrace energy systems that support communities and ecosystems.
Psychology research gives numerous reasons why people are “wired” to ignore climate change. One reason is that climate change comes to us in facts and figures that don’t engage our emotional minds, the parts of our brains where we form the decision to act. Research also provides the solution: tell stories.
"Serious adventure on a serious planet. This is the kind of thinking and living we need to engage in."
Bill McKibben author of Oil and Honey, Eaarth, The End of Nature and other books.
"In a flash of inspiration, Carrie Saxifrage has invented the climate change memoir. Beautifully crafted, often touching and unexpectedly funny, here is your handbook to living deeply in perilous times."
J.B. MacKinnon author of The 100-Mile Diet and The Once and Future World
"The Big Swim is a riveting read. Carrie Saxifrage takes us with her to some of the west's most precious wild gems while reflecting on parenting, life, love, the beauty around us and it's fragility. It's Eat, Pray, Love for the climate era. I couldn't put it down."
Tzeporah Berman, author of This Crazy Time