Dahr Jamail was a mountain guide in Alaska when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. He felt called to cover that conflict as a reporter and travelled to Iraq as an independent, unembedded journalist filing reports from the front lines.
More recently he has covered another conflict – the climate crisis, examining how rising temperatures and extreme weather are affecting the planet, people and other living things. In his new book, “The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption,” he traveled to the far corners of the globe — from Alaska to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest — in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice. Jamail was accompanied on his journey by climate scientists and people whose families live off the land, and are among the first to experience the impact of climate change in their daily lives.
During his book tour, Jamail spoke at Trinity College in Harford, Connecticut on Oct. 28. Because some young people were in the audience, he chose not go into the detail the book does about the gravity of the situation, but instead told stories and made analogies between the climate crisis and his career as a mountain guide. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus was in the audience and brings us this excerpt of his talk.
For more information, visit Dahr Jamail’s website at dahrjamail.net.