Visit Sunny Chernobyl

An illustrated lecture with author Andrew Blackwell on his adventures in the world’s most polluted places


Date: Tuesday, October 9th

Time: 7:30pm

Presented by Atlas Obscura

Experts agree: humans are ruining the planet. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting. In Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell set out to explore seven of the world’s most degraded, contaminated environments, hell-bent on seeing the environmental apocalypse (and touching it, and tasting) for himself. The result is a wry memoir of adventure, heartbreak, and environmental reporting—and a love letter to Earth’s least-likely vacation spots.

In this pungent and wide-ranging lecture, peppered with tales of oil men, holy men, radioactive boy scouts, and plastic-hungry Ahabs, he will share what he learned from his journey to the suprisingly un-dark heart of environmental darkness, and argue that the end of nature is, paradoxically, a cause for hope.

Andrew Blackwell is a journalist and filmmaker living in New York City.

This is part of the “Atlas Obscura Speakers” series of talks at Observatory.



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