David Goodrich, Climate Scientist: Reading + Discussion
"In 2000, Spokane was the first place I landed with a bike in the belly of the plane. I had a lot of trouble pushing the cart across the airport with all my gear, then wondering how I was going to get it all over the Divide. Gears are magical things."
So ends an email sent by Dr. David Goodrich when querying about the possibility of doing an reading at Auntie's Bookstore. His book, A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the US details his journey from Delaware to Oregon, sharing information and speaking with others about climate change. Through fracking country, across the plains, up the Rockies to Glacier National Park, and finally rolling to stop in the Pacific Northwest, Goodrich collected land stories and history stories that lend a unique narrative thread to his insightful book. His goal was to approach the issue of climate change in a way that inspires action rather than indifference or depression.
David is the former Director of the Climate Observations Division for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He served as Director of the Global Climate Observing System at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also Director of the US Global Change Research Program, the umbrella federal organization coordinating US climate research. Earlier research interests included the oceanography of Chesapeake Bay. David spent two years on a NOAA research vessel in the Bay, logging over 150 dives. He used to teach high school science and currently coaches his local high school quiz bowl team.
For more information about A Hole in the Wind, check out his blog, Pedaling Climate.
After a distinguished career in climate science as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, David Goodrich returned home to the United States to find a nation and a people in denial. Concerned that the American people are willfully deluded by the misinformation about climate that dominates media and politics, David thought a little straight talk could set things right.