Cover image (The Carbon Cycle)

In 2006 “outdoor philosopher” Kate Rawles cycled 4553 miles from Texas to Alaska, following the spine of the Rocky Mountains as closely as possible. Cycling across unforgiving but starkly beautiful landscapes in both the United States and Canada – deserts, high mountain passes, glaciers and eventually down to the sea – she encountered bears, wolves, moose, cliff-swallows, aspens and a single, astonishing lynx. Along the way, she talked to North Americans about climate change – from truck drivers to politicians – to find out what they knew about it, whether they cared, and if they did, what they thought they could do.

Kate tells the story of a trip in which she has to deal with the rigours of cycling for ten hours a day in temperatures often in excess of 100° F, fighting punctures, endless repairs and inescapable, grinding fatigue. But in recounting the physical struggle of such a journey, she also does constant battle with her own ideas and assumptions, helping us to cross the great divide between where we are on climate change and where we need to be. Can we tackle climate change while still keeping our modern Western lifestyles intact? Should we put biofuel in our camper vans and RVs? Or do we need much deeper shifts in lifestyles, values and worldviews?

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
The Carbon Cycle 1
Contents 6
Foreword 8
Acknowledgements 12
Introduction 14
Chapter One 26
Chapter Two 44
Chapter Three 66
Chapter Four 86
Chapter Five 112
Chapter Six 130
Photo Section 146
Chapter Seven 184
Chapter Eight 202
Chapter Nine 220
Chapter Ten 232
Chapter Eleven 250
Chapter Twelve 270
Chapter Thirteen 288
Chapter Fourteen 306
Epilogue 322
About the Author 332