OCHS graduate, journalist publishes book focused on our world’s future

Eric Holthaus, OCHS graduate and journalist, has written a book that predicts what lies ahead for his children and inhabitants of earth. Courtesy photo.

Journalist Eric Holthaus has donated a copy of his new book “The Future Earth” to the Osage City Public Library and Osage City High School. Holthaus is a 1999 graduate of Osage City High School.

In “The Future Earth”, Holthaus, a leading climate change advocate and weather-related journalist, offers a radical vision of our future, specifically how to reverse the short and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades. Anchored by world-class reporting, interviews with futurists, climatologists, biologists, economists, and climate change activists, Holthaus shows what the world could look like if we implemented radical solutions on the scale of the crises we face:

  • What could happen if we reduced carbon emissions by 50 percent in the next decade?
  • What could living in a city look like in 2030?
  • How could the world operate in 2040, if the proposed Green New Deal created a 100 percent net carbon-free economy in the United States?

This is a book for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the current state of our environment. Hopeful and prophetic, “The Future Earth” invites us to imagine how we can reverse the effects of climate change in our own lifetime and encourages us to enter a deeper relationship with the earth as conscientious stewards and to re-affirm our commitment to one another in our shared humanity.

After graduating from Osage City High School, Holthaus went on to earn his undergraduate degree in meteorology from St. Louis University and his Master’s in Climate and Society from Columbia University. He is a leading journalist on all things weather and climate change. His work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, the Washington Post, Slate, Wired, USA Today, National Geographic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Grist and The Correspondent, where he currently covers climate science, policy, and solutions. He lives in Minneapolis, Minn. He is the son of Les and Janet Holthaus, now of Westmoreland, Kan.

A book signing was planned at the Osage City Public Library, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19. The book is available for check out at the library, 515 Main St., Osage City, Kan., or for more information, call 785-528-3727.

Information thanks to Osage City Librarian Jeanette Stromgren.

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