Saturday, May 12, 2012
Oklahoma author tackles climate change
Oklahoma-based author Jim Laughter has added ''climate thriller author'' to his accomplishments with the publication of POLAR CITY RED, seen above.
TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- Jim Laughter isn’t one to wait around for someone else to come up with a solution to a problem. A well-regarded Oklahoma writer, the retired father of three and grandfather of four, wants to do whatever he can to effectively get the climate change message out to as many people as possible. The end result is his new climate thriller POLAR CITY RED.
“Seeing my life in its entirety, I believe every generation has a duty to leave the world better than they found it,” the 59-year-old said. “We must make sure we do everything we can, and do a better job educating the public, especially the children who will eventually fill our shoes.”
Global warming and climate change are complex environmental issues with varying opinions as well as facts available from numerous sources. In his novel, Laughter provides a broad yet comprehensive overview of the climate issues facing the world today, all in the guise of pure fiction.
Written in page-turning style, and available in both paperback and eBook formats, his 200-page climate novel offers explanations on how the seeds of climate change were planted during the Industrial Revolution, what can be done to stop it, how each individual can help, as well as outlining basic scientific principles. It's also one heck of a good read and a great story -- a dramatic family novel that will spark your imagination with questions that lead back to the basics of creation and universal family values.
“I wrote a book that I hope others will read and enjoy,” Laughter said. “Some of the non-fiction books out there about climate change are intimidating because of their length and the scientific mumbo-jumbo that the average reader can't understand. My novel is pure entertainment, but with an important message about climate change, too. It's a wake up call.”
“It’s been both an evolution and a revelation writing this novel,” Laughter said. “Although it wasn't my strongest subject in school, I’ve always had an interest in science, all science. Now with global warming issues, I am very concerned for the future of our planet and our descendants."
Part of that evolution can be attributed to his desire to make the world a better place for his grandchildren. Laughter said that he learned a lot from reading and doing research about climate change, and that’s when he got interested in the whole issue.
Laughter would like to see America take a more prominent leadership role at home and on the world stage on climate issues before it is too late.
"America has always been an environmental leader when it comes to policy and politics, but I’d like to see us lead by example, not just by mandate,” he said. “Even if the climate crisis wasn’t an issue, we need to lessen our dependency on oil, especially imported oil. As long as we have a sun, we are going to have solar and wind power. We must to find ways to look to renewable sources that can generate jobs and income. We must do absolutely everything we can if future generation will have a habitable atmosphere.”
Laughter has always had a love of writing. His books include a co-authored young adult sci-fi series, an illustrated children's book, a psychological thriller about a religiously-induced serial killer, and a nationally-endorsed true crime novel about child kidnap victim Steven Stayner. All of his novels are available in paperback and eBook.
Laughter added, “I like the feature of writing that you can get ideas that matter out to people. It's a worthy calling.”
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