Update May 2: A rough draft of Part One is now available, comments are welcome!
Hi there, I'm Yoram Bauman, an environmental economics Ph.D. and "the world's first and only stand-up economist". I'm also the co-author (with the illustrator Grady Klein) of the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics.
For our next project, we've been invited by the good folks at Island Press to create a Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change that will cover the science, impacts, and policy of global warming. As we did with the econ cartoon books, we want to take a tough subject---one that enrages some people and bores others---and make a fun and accessible cartoon book that everybody can relate to and learn from.
Island Press is a non-profit publisher, so we're looking to raise $20,000 to help cover the time and effort we're putting into this book. If you'd like to stay in the loop but can't contribute just send me an email and I'll keep you in the loop. And if you can contribute then Thank You. Make sure to check out the awesome rewards on the right, and please help spread the word!
Sincerely, Yoram (and Grady)
The fine print: Sorry, contributions are not tax-deductible. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have other questions!
About us: Grady Klein is a graphic novelist and illustrator; he is the author of the Lost Colony series, the co-author (with yours truly) of the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics, and the co-author (with Alan Dabney) of the Cartoon Introduction to Statistics. As for me---my full bio is here---I got my PhD in economics from the University of Washington in 2003, and thereafter I taught for many years in the UW environmental studies program; I just co-authored this article on climate sensitivity with UW climate scientist Gerard Roe (ungated version here) and I'm also currently a carbon tax Fellow at Sightline Institute in Seattle. For more of my views on climate change, read my NY Times op-ed and/or check out my CV and FAQs and my comedy videos. For evidence that I can take a critical look at all sides, read my Nature Reports Climate Change book review.
Excerpt on climate change from Cartoon Macro:
Other excerpts from Cartoon Macro (and a climate-related excerpt from Cartoon Micro) are here.
Risks and challenges
Challenge #1 will be making tough material fun, engaging, and accessible. But with your help (not just financially, but also editorially, through comments on early drafts) we're confident that we can make it happen. Grady and I have successfully produced two cartoon economics books, and together with the good folks at Island Press we are committed to creating a terrific Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change!
Challenge #2 will be making sure we get the facts right, and to do that we'll rely on our connections with climate scientists, environmental economists, and other experts at places like the University of Washington and the University of Chicago; on reader feedback on drafts; and (of course) on our own curiosity and research skills.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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