What I Like to talk About

At the podium, I keep it lively and entertaining. There are lots of "Holy cow!" and 'Who knew?" tidbits that tease audience interest. My mission is to prepare people for the future: We’ll reside in architecturally different homes; walk on completely different surfaces; get transported by unique vehicles; spend more time underground; and look up to find permanent fixtures floating in the sky. Air, water, power and even food will be modified and circulated in new and radical ways. 

I explain why and how. I showcase the opportunities and obstacles that climate technology brings. And I like people to take away not only knowledge, but ideas they can act on.

I have traveled the world to remote environments and underground laboratories to report on radical climate innovations and the pioneers who invented them. I share my experiences as a journalist and as an author of ten books on a variety of environmental and adventurous subjects. 

My Background

Thomas M. Kostigen is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and journalist who speaks widely at major conferences and events around the globe, including The Climate Project in Seville, Spain where he shared the stage with Nobel Prize winners Al Gore and Rajendra Pachauri; The Aspen Institute; The NeoCon design expo; The Commonwealth Club; Disney’s Environmentality conference; Passion Sea (supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation); The Climate Resolve annual gala; Cedars Sinai’s patrons affair; Credit Suisse and the United Nations Young Leaders conference;  Financial Advisor and Private Wealth’s annual impact investing conference, and other forums large and small. 

Kostigen appears regularly on television, including the Today Show, Mornings with Al, The Weather Channel, CNN’s Erin Burnett, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Entertainment Tonight, the 700 Club, Fox News, Hallmark's Home & Family, KTLA, CNBC, among many other outlets.  

He founded USA Today’s Climate Survivalist column and received the prestigious Louis J. Battan author of the year award for his National Geographic book on extreme climate preparedness. He is a global ambassador for Live Prepared, for which he produces and hosts an educational video series, and has reported from war zones to the world’s wonders across five continents. A former columnist for Dow Jones and editor at Bloomberg News, he frequently writes for major publications, including Time Inc.‘s Departures, National Geographic, Discover, Men’s Health, Best Life, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and The Washington Post, among many others.

His nonfiction books include, The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time (Crown); You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Links Between What We Do and What That Does to The Planet (HarperOne); The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life (Rodale); The Big Handout (Rodale); and National Geographic’s Extreme Weather Survival Guide. He is also the author of an award-winning children’s book and the novels Golden Dawn (Macmillan) and Fatwa (Macmillan).

His talks combine in-the-field experiences with practical know-how. By bringing to life science, business & finance and experiences on the ground, Kostigen creates a lively presentation and sparks productive discussions. Each presentation is customized to address the specific circumstances, geography, and predilections of the audience.


Charlie Stroller, Chief Executive Officer | Charter Financial Publishing Network

"Kostigen is one of our best speakers."

Christopher Davis, President | Money Management Institute

"Kostigen relays great insight and is always ahead of the curve."

David Monsma, Executive Director | The Aspen Environment Forum

"Kostigen shared many insights and compelling comments."

Alex Verdone, Director | United Nations Young Professionals Board

"Kostigen shared powerful stories."

Andrew Aulisi, Sustainability Officer | Credit Suisse

"Kostigen engages the audience."

Kristin Petrick, Communications & Public Affairs | TD Ameritrade

"Tom provided a comfortable atmosphere for roundtable participants to speak up and ask questions, resulting in a lively and engaging discussion."

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I am a New York Times bestselling environmental author and award-winning science writer. I investigate and write about breakthrough technologies and innovations designed to improve our lives.

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