Osseily Hanna invites readers to join him on his 6-year journey across 32 countries to hear from the people fighting climate change locally, and what they are doing to beat it.
In Touring the Climate Crisis: Saving the Earth Around the World, Osseily Hanna documents his journey to explore how the climate is changing and affecting people in both the Global North and Global South. That journey took him across five continents over the course of six years and felt similar to walking along a tightrope: on one side he witnessed death, destruction, and destitution, while on the other he saw the capacity of the human spirit to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles. From gold miners in South Africa and a nuclear bomb survivor in Hiroshima, to the diversity and beauty of bees in Germany and Uganda, and part of the Atlantic forest that was brought back to life in Brazil, Hanna’s journey is one that seeks to unravel the beauty and capacity of both the natural world and the human spirit.
As Hanna discovers, the duality of life coexisting with death, and hope sprouting from fear in a world whose climate and future are changing more rapidly than ever before, become the drivers of his inspiration and motivation to push further still, and relay the urgency of the situation our world today faces. A travelogue of the courageous work done by people who are fighting climate change as well as the factors that are causing it, Touring the Climate Crisis breaks down issues such as deforestation, mining, and industrial agricultural processes and includes the author’s own photography from his journey around the world.
Osseily Hanna is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker with experience in more than 40 countries. He combines his science and banking background with empathy, dedication and passion for humanity and nature to write books and direct documentary films about the most pressing issues of our times. He gave up a successful career in global financial markets in 2011 to write his first book, Music and Coexistence, which was first published in English by Rowman & Littlefield.
Part 1 - Latin America
1. From the Jungles of Mexico to the Skyscrapers of Panama
Departure | Where are all the animals? | Espresso in Guatemala | Nicaraguan Rum | Canals and Papers
2. Colombian Energy
Solar Shower | Coughs, Colds, and Coal
3. Two Great Forests
Cocaine, Trees, and a Boat | Salt of the Earth
4. Ingenious Shanty Towns
Return to the Slum of Peace (Favela da Paz) | Recycled Orchestra
5. The Open Veins of Latin America
Land Grab | Galeano’s Open Veins
Part 2 - United States and Europe
6. American Power
Electric vs Gasoline Cars | Solar Powered Rooftops | Bikes, Buses, and Planes
7. Food in the City
My First Thanksgiving | NYC Herbs and Greens | A Toast to Reducing Food Waste | A Michelin Star in Copenhagen
8. Cities of the Future
Copenhagen Wind | Amsterdam Bikes and Lights
9. Crossing Europe
Calais Camp and Refugees | Liquid Fear | Today’s America and Europe
10. Reflecting and Reviving
Berlin Bees| The Show Must Go On
Part 3 - Africa
11. Flight of the Honey Bee
Honey Farm | Outreach | Back in the City
12. Thank You for the Rain
A Long-awaited Greeting | Eco Farm | A Greenhouse Within a Greenhouse | A Brand New Dam | Climate Hypocrisy
13. Journey South
The Subtle Art of Planning | Break for the Border
14. Generations of Miners
Deep Underground | Extraction and Inequality | Population Fallacy
Part 4 - Asia
15. In the Shadow of the Towers
Illusions | A World Away | Ski Slope
16. Hong Kong Isolation
Change of Plans
17. From Hiroshima with Love
Bullet Train | Black Rain | Six Trees
Part 5 - Journey's End
18. Lessons Learned
A Blessing in Disguise?| Climate Engineering and Temperature| New Alliances and Paradigms
About the Author
Average global temperatures rise while polar ice caps melt, sea levels ascend, wildfires rage, and animal species vanish. In his six-year trek around the globe, Hanna visits 32 countries, searching for solutions to the climate crisis. He interviews environmental activists and people affected by climate change. Hanna believes humans are pursuing a "path of self-inflicted extinction," emphasizing pollution, famine, water shortage, a growing world population, epidemics, deforestation, and the squandering of resources. Consider that 88-million tons of food in the European Union are wasted yearly, yet many people there go hungry. Social and economic inequality are linked to climate change. In 2019, there were 26-million refugees and 79.5-million displaced people worldwide. He reviews useful remedies, including solar power, wind energy, ecological farming, and hydroelectric power.... Science, courage, resoluteness, and empathy must lead the charge against climate catastrophe. Time is not on our side.
If you want to be a sincere activist, here you will find the two main things to always keep in mind: nobody is innocent, and we are running out of time. We must take a stand about our impact as human beings on Earth, and this book is a perfect starting point to understand that impact.
Osseily Hanna’s six-year-long tour visited five continents to discover not only climate disruption but many other aspects of the human predicament as well. He witnessed ongoing human abuse of the natural world: losses and despoliation of resources from farmlands and forests to oceans; the extinction crisis; and the consequences for the human population’s dependence on Nature’s bounty. He recorded the contrast between the wasteful, overconsuming North and the struggling South, often through the voices of people he met along the way. For those who still wonder what all the fuss over environmental problems is about, this book will be an eye-opener. Those who know will nonetheless find new perspectives to consider.
In Touring the Climate Crisis, Osseily Hanna brings home the thoroughly momentous scale of the problems that face us all and the tragedies that could come, while still proclaiming hope and faith in the human spirit. A vitally important book.