October 3, 2016

Nature, Joy and the 21st Century City

On the occasion of the US release of Michael McCarthy’s, The Moth Snowstorm, NYU Washington, DC, Ecologic Institute and New York Review Books hosted a reading and discussion on joy, nature and the 21st-century city.

Celebrated British environment journalist Michael McCarthy’s newest work is an elegiac post-mortem of nature in our urban way of life. But The Moth Snowstorm does more than mourn the vanishing flora and fauna from the collective social consciousness; this personal tale also raises the specter that with the loss of nature, we risk losing our connection to joy.

As world populations flock to cities in unprecedented numbers, our recognition and remembrance of nature decline. How can an urbanizing world reconnect with its natural roots and retain the sense of joy and wonder at the heart of the human experience?

Event Sponsors

The Moth Snowstorm


Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy

Dr. Sabine O'Hara

Dr. Sabine O'Hara

Jan Rosen-Queralt

Jan Rosen-Queralt

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