Jeff Nesbit

American writer

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS will be available on Sept. 25, 2018.

From St. Martin’s Press:

"Jeff Nesbit has delivered an enlightening - and alarming - explanation of climate challenge as it exists today. Climate change is no far-off threat. It's impacting communities all over the world at this very moment, and we ignore the scientific reality at our own peril. The good news? As Nesbit underscores, disaster is not preordained. The global community can meet this moment — and we must." —Senator John Kerry

A unique view of climate change glimpsed through the world's resources that are disappearing.

The world itself won’t end, of course. Only ours will: our livelihoods, our homes, our cultures. And we’re squarely at the tipping point.

Longer droughts in the Middle East. Growing desertification in China and Africa. The monsoon season shrinking in India. Amped-up heat waves in Australia. More intense hurricanes reaching America. Water wars in the Horn of Africa. Rebellions, refugees and starving children across the globe. These are not disconnected events. These are the pieces of a larger puzzle that environmental expert Jeff Nesbit puts together

Unless we start addressing the causes of climate change and stop simply navigating its effects, we will be facing a series of unstoppable catastrophes by the time our preschoolers graduate from college. Our world is in trouble – right now. This Is the Way the World Ends tells the real stories of the substantial impacts to Earth’s systems unfolding across each continent. The bad news? Within two decades or so, our carbon budget will reach a point of no return.

But there’s good news. Like every significant challenge we’ve faced—from creating civilization in the shadow of the last ice age to the Industrial Revolution—we can get out of this box canyon by understanding the realities, changing the worn-out climate conversation to one that’s relevant to every person. Nesbit provides a clear blueprint for real-time, workable solutions we can tackle together.

My previous non-fiction book with St. Martin’s Press, POISON TEA, was well received by critics. The New York Times called it a “refresher course in Civics 101.” In addition to my non[-fiction, I’ve written more than 20 inspirational novels with Tyndale, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Guideposts, Summerside Press, David C. Cook, Hodder & Stoughton, Harold Shaw (part of Random House) and Victor Books.

I was the public affairs director for the National Science Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration, former Vice President Dan Quayle's communications director at the White House; and a national journalist with Knight-Ridder and others. I’m the executive director of Climate Nexus, based in New York, and a contributing writer for The New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report and other publications.

Relentless, Positive Storm

OPINION: The "Relentless, Positive Storm" Generation

Education Nation //Sep. 24, 2010 // 11:47 AM

Education Nation invited an array of contributors to share their views and ideas on a wide variety of education topics.  If you’d like to contribute, contact us at educationnation@nbcuni.com.

I believe in the next generation of leaders. 
 
More than any other in recent memory, the generation now emerging from our educational system believes that just one person - armed with powerful, innovative and disruptive ideas or concepts - can change the world through a "relentless, positive storm." You dream big, do the right thing, set your direction, take your compass and never stray from the path.
 
I know this runs counter to the general mood of the country right now. People seem uncertain about whether it’s even acceptable to hope for a better future. But the next generation will, I believe, prove the prophets of doom wrong. They will show us the way out of this bewildering uncertainty.
 
The reason is simple. The next generation - the Millennials - knows that we are, in fact, an Education Nation already. This generation has grown up with a new way of learning. They ask questions in a non-linear fashion, find answers in new or indirect ways - and then connect with their peers, friends and colleagues to make change happen very, very quickly. 
 
What’s more, the next generation is hopeful. They believe they can make a difference. They’re willing to work for it, invest in it. They’re willing to take jobs that pay less, but make a bigger difference. This next generation - the practitioners of this "relentless, positive storm" - is truly post-racial: willing to break molds, shatter stereotypes, and move beyond mean-spirited prejudices.

They communicate in ever-changing ways. Human beings have been telling stories from the dawn of civilization - before there were scientists and doctors and lawyers and businessmen, there were storytellers. It is the one, common thread that runs through the entire history of the human race: stories, or parables, make it easy to understand things beyond our grasp. 
 
This next generation believes in storytelling - ranging from 140 characters at a time or two-minute self-expositions on YouTube and Vimeo, to longer forms of social communication that can reach half-way around the world for answers and solutions. They are willing to tell and share stories that are inspirational, comforting, meaningful and important to our daily lives.
 
This new generation is also creating a brand-new category that will transform our planet: social entrepreneurs and social innovators. He doesn’t like it when I use him as a prop like this, but my oldest son, Josh Nesbit, is a good example of the social innovators emerging in the Millennial generation. He started a global public health non-profit (Frontline SMS: Medic) while he was still an undergraduate at Stanford.
 
Social entrepreneurs like Josh think globally, create networks to solve big problems, and tackle challenges that are almost unimaginable. Josh didn’t blink or hesitate when it came time to coordinate an emergency SMS communications system in Haiti after the earthquake. He and a makeshift team just did it - and eventually managed to handle nearly 100,000 emergency text messages after the earthquake hit.
 
One of the reasons I am so hopeful is that this story is not unique:  there are so many stories of next-generation leaders who don’t let anything stop them - who see challenges as there to be met, and problems as there to be solved. They’re not afraid to live with uncertainty. And they know that it takes as much energy to think big as it does to think small - so you might as well go big. 

Tens of thousands in this next generation are changing our lives, making them better, relieving suffering, and transforming the planet - right now, even as I write this. They are pursuing social change and becoming forces for good. It is only a matter of time before those efforts change the rest of us.