The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold

October 31, 2020
The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold

This book was written out of Gretel Ehrlich's love forwinter–for remote and cold places, for the ways winter frees ourimagination and invigorates our feet, mind, and soul–and also outof the fear that our "democracy of gratification" has irreparablyaltered the climate.Over the course of a year, Ehrlich experiences firsthand themyriad expressions of cold, giving us marvelous histories of wind,water, snow, and ice, of ocean currents and weather cycles. FromTierra del Fuego in the south to Spitsbergen, east of Greenland, atthe very top of the world, she explores how our very consciousnessis animated and enlivened by the archaic rhythms and eruptingoscillations of weather. We share Ehrlich's experience of thethrills of cold, but also her questions: What will happen to us ifwe are "deseasoned"? If winter ends, will we survive?