Dahr Jamail has a love of mountains, but he says their shrinking glaciers has lead to the publication of his new book: The End of Ice.
Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption is the name of a presentation the award-winning journalist is delivering at the University of New England on July 2.
The long-time reporter for Truthout.org is urging for action on climate change. For the past five years, he has concentrated almost exclusively on climate disruption and has become one the foremost climate journalists in the world.
"Life will be gravely affected unless we embrace new practices on a warming planet," Dahr said.
He reported that climate change activists are at the, "front lines of the climate crisis".
His has said that the Great Barrier Reef is dying, that scientists in Australia have announced that the death of the coral is occurring at a rate that the reef will not be there in 10 years.
He also argues that at a minimum the earth will warm by five per cent by 2050.
"We are in - free fall of climate of disruption. We are locked onto a course of starvation, the status quo is ending".
Dahr spent 15 years reporting on the middle east. He said he risked his life doing so.
In 2003, he was an embedded journalist as American forces arrived in Iraq.
He has won the Joe Callaway Award for Civic Courage, the Martha Gellhorn Prize, the Izzy Award, the James Aaronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and five Project Censored awards.
He decided, as he wrote each chapter of his book, that he has an obligation to care for the planet, and to do what is best for future generations.
Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption will start at 7pm, at UNE's Arts lecture theatre A1, on Tuesday, July 2.