Meet Kate Troll, Alaskan, Adventurer, Activist and Author of The Great Unconformity, chronicling her conservation career and wilderness adventures
In 2012 the United States experienced the warmest year in 118 years, which is as far back as records go. From the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, to rampant wildfires and the 2016 Midwest drought, there is no part of the United States untouched by the economic impacts of climate change. Additionally, the world is racing toward the 2° Celsius benchmark set by climate scientists throughout the world and ratified in the Paris climate agreement. This benchmark is to be avoided if irreversible, out of control effects are to be similarly avoided.
It is against this backdrop that Alaskan author and activist Kate Troll finds “hope spots” in the challenge of charting a way forward. Her adventure memoir, The Great Unconformity, takes the reader on a fun, fast paced tour of environmental, political and spiritual issues surrounding sustainability and climate changeThe Great Unconformity: Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World, is released by MFM Publishing.
“I live in one of the best places, bar none, to appreciate the wild natural environment. I also live in one of the most politically difficult places to work on its behalf: Alaska,” Ms. Troll notes. Looking through the lens of more than 22 years’ experience in fish politics, coastal management and energy policy, as well as being an elected official and an activist on the frontline of climate change, Ms. Troll provides thoughtful insights and discusses possible solutions, while never leaving the storyteller far behind.
With an eye toward the millennial generation, Ms. Troll wraps the wisdom of recognized global thinkers like Al Gore and Naomi Klein into her adventure stories. From climbing Denali in Alaska to running the Grand Canyon in winter, her stories take the reader on an intriguing journey of insight into the now-or-never discussion of climate change. But best of all, her colorful stories are laced with wisdom and hope for a brighter future.
About the Author
Kate Troll is an op-ed columnist, wilderness adventurer, and speaker on conservation and climate issues. She moved to Alaska in 1977, seeking wilderness and a career in natural resource management. As Executive Director of the Alaska Conservation Voters, Kate helped draft the creation of the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund and lobbied for the Sustainable Energy Act, a comprehensive roadmap to generate 50% of Alaska’s electrical energy from renewable sources by 2025. She served as Executive Director for United Fishermen of Alaska (nation’s largest fishing organization). She also worked as a fisheries development specialist and policy analyst for the State of Alaska. Internationally, Kate was Regional Fisheries Director (North and South America) for the Marine Stewardship Council, a global eco-label program.
She was elected to public office twice, serving on the Juneau-Douglas Borough and Ketchikan Borough Assembly. Kate was appointed by Governor Palin to serve on the Alaska Climate Mitigation Advisory Board, and was the only Alaskan invited to participate in Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2008 Global Climate Summit. From 2010-2016, she wrote for the Juneau Empire and is currently a columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News. She is writing her third screenplay, Hot Ice, Cold Lies, drawing upon her activist career and wilderness adventures. Kate has skied the Great Gorge of Ruth Glacier, run the Alsek -Tatshenshini Rivers, climbed Mount Denali and Mount Kilimanjaro, rafted through the Grand Canyon in winter, and has kayaked Alaska’s outside coast on several occasions. Her explorations provide inspiration for stories that reflect her deep love of place and the wisdom to be found there.