Story posted December 11, 2007
Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies Matthew Klingle was interviewed about his new book, Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle (Yale University Press, 2007) on KUOW, Seattle's public radio station.
Klingle's book explores the history of Seattle and the importance of viewing nature, culture, cities and the environment — natural history and human history — as inextricably intertwined.
"Our ethical understanding and obligation to place can't be disentangled from history, and thinking historically isn't a panacea for many of the problems I tried to outline in the book, from pollution to environmental injustice to disappearing salmon, to cities that are unsustainable for human communities because the commute patterns are so long and housing prices are so high," said Klingle.
Click here to read a Q & A with Professor Klingle in the Fall 2007 issue of Bowdoin magazine.