Peter Thomson discusses Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal.
Following a difficult divorce, veteran environmental journalist Peter Thomson, founding producer and senior editor of NPR's "Living on Earth", sets off from Boston with his younger brother for one of nature's most remarkable creations in one of the farthest corners of the planet. Lake Baikal, a gargantuan crack in the Siberian plateau, is the world's largest body of fresh water, its deepest and oldest lake, and a cauldron of evolution, home to hundreds of unique creatures, including the world's only freshwater seal. It's also among the most pristine lakes on earth, with a mythical ability to protect itself from growing human impact. "Sacred Sea" is Thomson's story of a trip that brings the brothers to a place of sublime beauty and immense natural power, where they also find ominous signs that this perfect piece of nature could yet succumb to the even more powerful forces of human hubris, carelessness and ignorance. They find that despite its isolation, Baikal is connected to everything else on Earth, and that it will need the love and devotion of people around the world to protect it- Cody's Books
Peter Thomson is the author of Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal and an independent writer and radio producer living in Boston. He was the founding producer and editor of National Public Radio's groundbreaking environmental news program "Living on Earth" in 1991, and in a decade with the program also served as senior editor, western region bureau chief, senior correspondent and special projects editor.
Thomson's work as an editor, reporter and program producer has been honored with more than two dozen awards, for reports and documentaries on subjects ranging from oil, natives and wildlife on Alaska's North Slope to threats facing America's drinking water supply to the environmental legacy of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Thomson has received fellowships from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockefeller Foundation and the MacDowell Colony, and has served on the advisory board of the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources.