Save up to 17% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. Elizabeth Kolbert on the Nature of the Future Part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her StoryEvening Program on Zoom Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET Code: 1L0385 Tickets Login $25 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $30 - Non-Member Resize text remove add PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Journalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert is best-known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Sixth Extinction, which vividly portrayed the rich and diverse world disappearing rapidly before our very eyes. It led to an inevitable question: “But is there any hope? Is there anything we can do?” Drawing on her new book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, Kolbert offers a powerful, resonant, counterintuitive response. She explores the possibility that—paradoxically—the feats of human innovation that have imperiled our planet may now be the only hope. Because so much environmental damage is irreversible, we will be increasingly compelled to use what we know to manipulate—not save—nature. Some of the most innovative and promising ideas—for maintaining livable space in New Orleans, for protecting endangered species around the globe, for slowing the speed of melting glaciers, and more—could be described as brilliant, visionary, or crazy. Whichever it is, she argues, rejecting these ideas isn’t going to bring nature back. The issue is not whether we’re going to alter nature, but to what end? In conversation with Joe Palca, science correspondent for NPR, Kolbert describes fascinating discoveries she made while researching her book, including cutting-edge scientific projects ranging from a plant in Iceland where carbon dioxide is being turned into stone, to a fake cavern in the Mojave that houses the world’s rarest fish, to the halls of Harvard, where researchers are contemplating shooting tiny diamond particles into the stratosphere to lower the earth’s temperature—potentially turning blue skies white. Copies of Under a White Sky (Crown) are available for purchase. BOOK SALE INFORMATION Purchase your copy of Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert here. SPECIAL NOTE: Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 (no space between letters and numbers) in the “Coupon discount” section on Politics and Prose's check-out page. PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.