Author Eugene Linden joins Carey Dialogues to Discuss THE STATE OF THE EARTH, 2020

Rensselaerville, NY – Continuing its Carey Dialogues exploring issues of the Twenty-First Century, The Carey Center for Global Good is pleased to host author Eugene Linden on Saturday, April 6, at 6 p.m.

Linden, who for many years wrote groundbreaking articles about the environment for TIME, including the magazine’s special issue in 1988 on “The Planet of the Year,” is a prolific author of wide-ranging interests. His numerous books have explored the interactions of global environment, global finance, communications, and biodiversity. His predictions of the future—among others: he foresaw the 2008 world economic crisis almost a decade before it occurred—have been eerily accurate.

Linden and the award-winning author and essayist Lance Morrow will discuss THE STATE OF THE EARTH, 2020, assessing, among other things, the environmental devastation caused by plastic bottles and bags and other forms of packaging, and the evolution of massive and growing oceanic “garbage patches.”

Says Linden: “I visited Midway Island, thousands of miles away from the nearest source of plastic, and found it is buried in plastic every year, courtesy of the garbage patch. Human impacts have become so consequential that you can’t throw anything away without it landing on someone else’s head. That includes airborne pollution.”

The event begins at 5pm with an art exhibit and sale: “The Wild Ones,” a group show of local artists, featuring work inspired by local flora and fauna.

In addition to his books and his work for TIME, Linden has contributed articles to The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Fortune, and Slate. He has won many awards for his work, including the American Geophysical Union’s Walter Sullivan Award.

This Carey Dialogue will be the third in a series of conversations about issues of the 21st Century with people who have helped shaped our view of the world over the last 40 years. The first guest was investigative journalist Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame. The Carey Center for Global Good is located on the campus previously occupied by the Rensselaerville Institute at 63 Huyck Road.

“The Carey Dialogues are meant to explore how our lives will change in the 21st Century,” said Carey Center for Global Good President, Carol Ash. “Eugene has an incisive view to share with us.”

The program will begin at 6:00 pm. Admission is $5. Reservations are recommended and may be made by phone at (518) 797-5100. Café dining will be available after the program. For more information on the Carey Center and its initiatives, visit its website at

The Carey Dialogues for Global Good series continues on May 11 with Yehuda Hanani, world-renowned cellist and Artistic Director, “Close Encounters with Music.”