The Book

The Carbon Cycle - Kate Rawles
The Carbon Cycle – Crossing the Great Divide by Kate Rawles.
Published August 2012
by Two Ravens Press

‘A wonderfully rich and insightful narrative . . . an extraordinarily revealing series of vignettes. Kate’s work-a-day belief that the principal purpose of philosophy is “to question the assumptions of our age” keeps even her most abstract reflections grounded in an admirable way.’ Jonathon Porritt
‘Kate Rawles sets out to discover about global warming the hard way.’ Michael Palin

In 2006, ‘outdoor philosopher’ Kate Rawles cycled 4553 miles from Texas to Alaska, following the spine of the Rocky Mountains as closely as possible. Cycling across unforgiving but starkly beautiful landscapes – New Mexican deserts, over high mountain passes, across glaciers, and down to the sea – she encountered bears, wolves, moose, cliff-swallows, aspens, and a single, astonishing lynx.

Along the way, she talked to Americans about climate change – from truck drivers to the Mayor of Albuquerque – to find out what they knew about it, whether they cared, and if they did, what they thought they could do.

Kate’s story of the trip, in which she not only deals with the rigours of the journey (cycling for ten hours a day in temperatures often in excess of 100F, fighting punctures, endless repairs, inescapable grinding fatigue . . .), but does the constant battle with her own ideas and assumptions, help us to cross the great divide between where we are on climate change, and where we need to be?

Can we tackle climate change while still keeping our modern Western lifestyles intact?
Should we put biofuel in the camper vans and RVs?
Or do we need much deeper shifts in lifestyles, values and worldviews?

Kate’s book was shortlisted for Banff Mountain Festival Book Awards!

Contact Kate at Outdoor Philosophy for more information about Kate, the Carbon Cycle and Outdoor Philosophy

New Title: August 2012
Paperback Original
Rights: World
216x138mm trade p/back
300 pages

Purchase now here for £9.99 with free UK delivery (or £5.99 for the ebook).

Published by: Two Ravens Press Ltd., Taigh nam Fitheach,
26 Breanish, Uig, Isle of Lewis HS2 9HB

The Carbon Cycle now has a N. American publisher. Rocky Mountain Books, based in Canada, will publish the book later this year – Autumn 2013. RMB have a great collection of mountain, adventure and environmental books and is the perfect publisher for a Rocky Mountain environmental adventure on a bike called Rocky!

Carbon Cycle logo - Kate Rawles