For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.
Blackwell's environmental writing fuses an immersive first-person style with satire and analysis, making the case that it's time to start appreciating our planet as-is—not as we wish it to be. Equal parts travelogue, expose environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, the book careens through a rogue's gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer—and approaches a deeper understanding of what's really happening to our planet in the process.
Andrew Blackwell is the Supervising Editor of Op-Docs, the New York Times' Oscar-nominated series of short documentaries by independent filmmakers. He is also the author of the book Visit Sunny Chernobyl, about the world's most polluted places. Previously he was a producer and editor for Dan Rather Reports, and edited feature documentaries such as Salero, about natural resources and social change in Bolivia.
Brooklyn Public Library’s Green Series is made possible through the generous support of Whole Foods Market.