I'm With the Bears

I'm With the Bears:Short Stories from a Damaged Planet

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“This collection is a jolt out of our armchairs, a call to arms … written with verve and style”—Chicago Tribune

The size and severity of the global climate crisis is such that even the most committed environmentalists can drift into a state of denial. The award-winning writers collected here have made it their task to shake off this nagging disbelief, bringing the incomprehensible within our grasp and shaping an emotional response to mankind’s unwitting creation of a tough new planet. From T. C. Boyle’s account of early eco-activists, to Nathaniel Rich’s comic fantasy about a marine biologist haunted by his youth, and David Mitchell’s vision of a near future where oil sells for $800 a barrel—these ten provocative, occasionally chilling, sometimes satirical stories bring a human reality to disasters of inhuman proportions.
Royalties from the sale of I’m with the Bears will go to 350.org, an international grassroots movement working to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.


  • These are the jolts we dearly need; this is a serious business we’re involved in.

    Bill McKibben, from the introduction
  • 10 authors at the top of their game, tackling the most pressing issue of our generation.

    New Internationalist
  • The stories dazzle the reader with their imaginative range and depth.