A glaciology in pictures, the book, While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey, published in 2017, is the Daniel Schwartz’s journey along humanity’s suicidal path of progress, leading from the relics of Holocene glaciation in the Swiss Alps into the milieu of the Anthropocene, to collapsing glaciers on three continents. This book club also includes a discussion of Tales from a Globalizing World, a collective project curated and produced by Schwartz in 2003. It sheds light on the accelerating phenomenon that connects people and places that are geographically remote but also fragments local connections. Today, the book that includes stories by Philip Jones Griffiths, Tim Hetherington, and Ziyah Gafic, among others, is a timely reminder of our world the fragility of which has been mercilessly exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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