about the author

JOHN J. BERGER, Ph.D. is an environmental science and policy specialist, prize-winning author, environmental consultant, and advocate for a swift transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

A graduate of Stanford and the University of California, he has written and edited 11 books, including three previous books on climate change, and has written over 100 articles on climate change and transitioning to clean energy. His journalistic writing has appeared in Scientific American, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and others.

He has been a consultant to the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, corporations, utilities, and the U.S. Congress, as well as a journalist, editor, and a visiting associate professor at the University of Maryland. He co-founded the Nuclear Information and Resource Service to assist citizen safe-energy groups, and founded Restoring the Earth, to bring environmental restoration to national attention. As an advocate for the preservation of nature, Berger has made significant contributions to the understanding of the interconnectedness between human society and the environment, and has worked tirelessly to promote sustainable practices and policies.

Berger’s expertise lies in the area of energy and natural resources, especially the impacts of energy technology on the environment and the economy. He has been a vocal proponent of integrating environmental considerations into economic decision-making, emphasizing the need for a more holistic and long-term approach to development.

One of Berger’s notable works is the book Restoring the Earth: How Americans Are Working to Renew Our Damaged Environment. Published in 1985 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., this book provided an in-depth exploration of various environmental restoration projects across the United States, showcasing the efforts of individuals, communities, and organizations to restore damaged ecosystems. It served as an inspiration for many environmental activists and policymakers, highlighting the possibilities of positive change and the power of collective action. He was instrumental in launching the National Research Council on its seminal study, Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (National Academy Press, 1991) and in initiating the 1988 Restoring the Earth Conference at the University of California, Berkeley. The conference drew national attention to examples of successful ecological restoration and to the potential of restoration technology to heal prior environmental damage.

Berger’s work has influenced the thinking and actions of individuals, policymakers, and scholars in the field. Berger’s contributions to public understanding of energy policy, renewable energy, and ecosystem restoration have helped shape the public discourse on environmental issues and contributed to the growing movement for a more environmentally conscious and sustainable world. He lives in El Cerrito, CA.