Dearest readers,

It can get so cold and lonely on the internet. In an effort to break free from this online hermeticism, I’ve got plans to talk to people. I’ve even gone as far as inviting people to “drop by” for a nice live chat. We’ve got some great company headed our way this week and next. And more will keep popping in through December. You’re invited! Do attend, it will be so refreshingly civilized.

Here are the upcoming scheduled live chats:

  • Chris Steinkamp, executive director of Protect Our Winters (POW)
    Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 at 3 p.m. Eastern (Noon Pacific)Do you like to ski? Snowboard? Or drink hot toddies in the comfort of a cozy ski lodge? Then you’ll want to join in the conversation with Chris Steinkamp. We’ll discuss POW (which reminds me of this LCD Soundsystem song I dig) and the work they’re doing as the snow protectors of the winter sports community. We’ll discuss the powder and the power “consumers” have to keep the slopes dope. Check out this video for more on what they’re all about. Get stoked and warm up with us this Wednesday during the live chat.
  • Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club
    Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at 3 p.m. Eastern (Noon Pacific)

    My “climate hawk“-coining colleague David Roberts will be chewing the live chat fat with Brune. They’ll be talking about the love affair with coal and oil that just won’t quit.

Readers, feel free to submit your questions for any or all of our guests in the comments below. Then, when the day comes, get yourself a nice cup of hot tea and cozy up to your laptop — maybe with a video of a fire streaming on it.

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Fireside chattily,
Umbra