My name is Chris Wood. I’m a writer and have been, professionally, for more than thirty years.
Readers have called my latest book, Down the Drain: How We Are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources:
“Talented… [and] important” (Peter C. Newman),
“Crisply written and impeccably researched” (Silver Donald Cameron),
“A thoughtful and well-argued analysis” (Christopher Waddell)
“A red-hot read for anyone concerned about Canada's water and the political leaders who are not protecting it” (Michael Harris)
Down the Drain: How We Are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources, by Ralph Pentland and Chris Wood, will appear in June from Greystone Books (ISBN: 978-1926812779 ) and can be pre-ordered now - click here.
One of the most powerful photographic images of our time shows the gauzy ball of planet Earth hovering weightless in the velvet dark of space.
That is all we have. This one planet is our Eden, our space capsule, and if we fail to maintain it, it will be our species' coffin. iPods and 3-D television do not exempt our big-brained, thumb-wielding race of primates from the laws of biology.
On this planet, water is necessary to everything that matters. In many faiths, water is a sacred essence. In the empirical eye of science, it is the elemental prerequisite of life. Without water, there are no crops. Without water, not one of our modern miracles of technology could be manufactured. Essence of the Creator’s spirit, essential molecule of organic chemistry, water is no less the essential solvent, lubricant, and medium of transport for the modern industrial economy. What we do with water affects what it can do for us and for the rest of creation later. Read more... (PDF)
Reviewers called my previous book, Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America, “arresting”, “vivid” and “provocative.” It was nominated in 2009 for the prestigious Shaughnessy-Cohen Prize for Best Political Writing. It’s available from Amazon.com (ISBN: 978-1-55192-814-2), in print or Kindle editions.
|Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World, which I wrote with Peter S. Grant in 2004, contributed to the eventual adoption of an international convention on cultural diversity, was short-listed in 2005 for the Donner Prize for best books on public policy, and remains a graduate-level reference textbook on Canadian culture. It’s available from Amazon.com in print or on Kindle.(ISBN: 978-1553650096)|
I’ve also won some two-dozen other awards and nominations for stories, articles and reports in national media, where I’ve written for The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Times, Pacific Standard, Maclean's, TheTyee.ca and Walrus magazine among many others. My wife and fiction-writing partner, Beverley Wood, and I have also been recognized for our young adult mysteries. Current titles are: DogStar, Jack's Knife and The Golden Boy.
Since the early 1970s, I have mostly been a freelance writer. A creative entrepreneur: have words, will travel! Stories are everywhere. Sometimes they’re not mine. And when the material is engaging and significant, I also edit or ghost write.
I have contributed as writer and editor to a variety of commissioned studies for leading think tanks and policy initiatives such as the Blue Economy Initiative. I serve on the editorial board of Alternatives Journal magazine, (40 years of covering progressive policy options in Canada). And I’m currently also coordinating editor for the Tyee Solutions Society, a non-profit Vancouver-based centre for creating catalytic journalism in the public interest, associated with TheTyee.ca.
I was born in Ontario, Canada at the end of the Korean War. I’ve lived on three North American coastlines, and reported from its three countries and nearly a dozen more. I live in Mexico now, the least ‘northern’ of our sibling nations, studying and writing about how we’re all (maybe) going to make it through the decades ahead into a different world.
All this has given me a uniquely broad and, in the strategic area of water resources, deeply informed grasp of how the cross-flowing currents of profits, politics and climate physics are already writing North America’s future for the next quarter century.
I’ve shared these insights with live audiences from the Nature Trust of Northern California, to IdeaCity (Toronto’s upscale answer to TED), to private seminars for institutional investors.
Read some of my recent work here:
Canadians are letting our water go Down the Drain. Our carelessness is wrecking our health, costing us money, and threatens our future. Here’s how we hold our leaders to account for neglecting our natural security. Read the Prologue to Down the Drain (PDF)
Running Through Our Fingers So, what’s water really worth to Canada’s $1.4 trillion economy? It turned out that what we don’t know, indeed, couldn’t know, was the more telling story.
Not Your Parents Climate: Adapted by permission from the U.S. National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee’s summary of thousands of scientific studies revealing how much North America’s climate has already changed.
Gvi’ilas: Ice Age ethics prove of value on Canada’s 21st century coast. Part 1 and Part 2
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The fuss over ‘hydro-fracking’ is enflamed by hyperbole, denial and questionable assertions. I tracked down the facts, and got to a more basic question: our refusal to account as honestly for natural security risk as we do for fire and theft.
The Last Great Water Fight: An account of the overlooked battle to protect the Continent’s ‘northern Amazon’, the western-Europe-size watershed of the Mackenzie River, from the practices that brought us the Oil Sands.
I can be booked for speaking engagements or otherwise contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through White Dog Creative Inc., 250.245.9191.
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