Several chapters touch on human evolution and one’s feelings of home and care for one’s surroundings. While the situations are tragic, the author focuses on the experiences and struggles of a few determined individuals. Their leadership mitigated damage, or aided resilience and recovery. A point made throughout is that humans have to live with nature in its new manifestations. For some, that may mean permanent relocation to safer areas. Decades of global government pledges haven’t reduced the rate of climate change. Ostrander believes grassroots concern and action is necessary to counter the overheating of the biosphere. Examples include preservation of the Los Angeles aquifer ... This compassionate reporting brings the reality of climate change to U.S. Americans.
... disturbing yet beautifully written ... Ostrander shares four memorable narratives about specific areas already suffering from the effects of climate change ... Interspersed among these stories are Ostrander’s pertinent, engaging essays that speak to the theme of home, including the loss of safety and the homesickness that many will likely face from being uprooted ... A hopeful, urgent, and universal message about our collective ability to face the climate changes we can no longer ignore.
... somewhat uneven ... [Ostrander's] writing is strong, but she tends to get sidetracked with undeveloped ideas ... Still, those willing to sift through the chaff will find fascinating musings on a changing planet.