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Author to Challenge Students to Fight for the Planet’s Future
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Friday, April 22, 2022
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Eco-anxiety. It’ real and it’s something that plagues young people.

A global study published in the Lancet shows that 60 percent of young people feel worried or extremely worried about climate change. About 56 percent said they think humanity is doomed and 45 percent said eco-anxiety affects their daily lives.

But author/journalist Diana Kapp, who divides her time between San Francisco and the Wood River Valley, is trying to ease some of their concerns with her new book “Girls Who Green the World,” which was published by Random House this year.

Kapp’s book spotlights 34 visionaries who are driving change in clean energy, waste reduction, sustainable food and fashion, ocean health, plastic alternatives and activism with such innovative projects as adapting an old NASA experiment into a business that produces chicken and bacon from carbon dioxide.

And she will discuss some of those stories in an effort to inspire future and current environmental activists in a free presentation at 6 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the Sun Valley Community School.

Kapp is being hosted by the school’s Green Team, an upper School student club designed to inspire positive change to create a sustainable future. The evening will include a Q&A, roundtable hosted by the Green Team and a meet and greet with the author. Iconoclast Books will have books for sale.

Kapp’s book features revolutionaries who are turning mushrooms into leather, plastic bottles into board shorts and eucalyptus leaves into glitters. Sun Run founder Lynn Jurich put 600,000 solar panels on rooftops, and Dandelion Co-Founder Kathy Hannun pioneered planet-friendly alternatives that tap into home-based geothermal energy beneath our feet.

The book also offers ideas for writing persuasive Op-Ed to jolt policy makers into action, throw a clothes swap with friends and encourage companies to stop passing out plastic utensils.

Kapp, who holds an MBA from Stanford, was raised on Sierra Club outdoor trips, which instilled a passion for the outdoors in her. She credits her three teenagers with opening her eyes to the urgency of the climate crisis. In Idaho she is the owner of Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch.

Her first book was “Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business.”

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