Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come

Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come

Many of us live, to some degree, in denial about climate change. Even if the argument over the reality of climate change is resolved, can we actually imagine a flooded earth?

In his new book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World, award-winning environmental journalist Jeff Goodell sets out to confront the specific implications of rising sea levels. Travelling across 12 countries, reporting on the ground and interviewing front-line scientists and engineers, Goodell describes the change we’re seeing already and the upheaval we can anticipate, from Miami Beach to the megacity of Lagos.

An award-winning author and reporter for Rolling Stone and the New York Times, Goodell paints a vivid, detailed and alarming picture. ‘It’s often argued that climate change is a problem that impacts everyone on the planet,’ he writes. ‘What’s less obvious is that the solutions to climate change are already deepening the divide between the doomed and the saved.’

At this event with Tony Birch, Goodell talks coastlines, climate apartheid and new frontiers.

Who?

Portrait of Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Our Story: 77 Hours That Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith. Goodell’s memoir, Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family, was a New York Times Notable Book. The New York Times called his most recent book, Big Coal, 'a compelling indictment of one of the country’s biggest, most powerful and most antiquated industries ... well-written, timely, and powerful.'

Portrait of Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of Ghost River, which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections – Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.

Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.