Slate presents a series of online discussions with leading environmental advocates.

News and commentary about environmental issues.
April 25 2008 11:26 AM

Earth Chats

A series of online discussions with leading environmental advocates.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker. Click to view expanded image.

The 38th annual Earth Day comes after an extraordinary year of environmental news. Polar bears seem on the verge of being declared an endangered species. In October, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a panel of climate scientists. And, as of last night, George W. Bush seems to have completed his reversal of course on cutting carbon emissions.


Clearly, there's a lot to talk about. This week, Slate is hosting some of the world's most eminent environmental thinkers, leaders, and advocates, and inviting them to answer questions from our readers about what's happening to our world and what we can do about it.

Continue checking back throughout the week as we expand our schedule of chats:


Read the transcript  of our chat with conservative conservationist Newt Gingrich. After serving 20 years as a Republican congressman, Gingrich has devoted himself to a bipartisan "mainstream environmentalism," which he outlines in his 2007 book A Contract With the Earth.

Read the transcript of our chat with author and advocate Bill McKibben, who has been writing books on environmentalism for almost 20 years. He's written a handbook on how to stop global warming and a treatise on the importance of having smaller families. In Deep Economy, just out in paperback, McKibben lays out an economic policy that focuses on local communities, as opposed to unending "growth."


Read the transcript of our chat with Academy Award-nominated actor and environmental activist Edward Norton. Norton is the host of National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth, which covers topics like climate change, overfishing, water pollution, and the quest for clean energy. He also helped start a program to provide low-income families in Los Angeles with solar-powered homes, and he has worked on promoting the development of green spaces in urban areas.


Read the transcript of our chat with global-warming activist Laurie David. David was a producer of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and is the creator of environmentally themed programming for TBS and HBO. She also founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March  with Sen. John McCain and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and blogs on environmental issues at the Huffington Post. Click here to ask your question.



The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee


The Simpsons World App Is Finally Here

I feel like a kid in some kind of store.


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The Difference Between Being a Hero and an Altruist

How Punctual Are Germans?

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Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
Oct. 22 2014 10:37 AM Judge Upholds Puerto Rico’s Gay Marriage Ban in a Comically Inane Opinion
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 10:00 AM On the Internet, Men Are Called Names. Women Are Stalked and Sexually Harassed.
  Slate Plus
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
Oct. 22 2014 9:54 AM The Simpsons World App Is Finally Here I feel like a kid in some kind of store.
Oct. 22 2014 10:29 AM Apple TV Could Still Work Here’s how Apple can fix its living-room product.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 22 2014 10:30 AM Monster Sunspot Will Make Thursday’s Eclipse That Much Cooler
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.