Living on Earth

“My professional interests led me to study the large-scale systems of the Earth: the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, and the biosphere. I enjoyed studying how these systems interact, overlap, and create the climate as we know it, and how we humans, tiny as we are in the cosmic scale, have been and are influencing what is happening.”

Following the German Occupation during World War II, young Bram enjoyed skating on the frozen rivers and sailing on the lakes of his native Netherlands. After completing his studies at Leiden University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he emigrated to the United States in 1966 with his wife Bineke and children. As a scientist at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., he had the opportunity to describe the Earth’s climate and its unexpected, rapid recent changes. On a second “emigration” to Vermont in 1999, Bram turned from science to holistic health. He taught shiatsu at the Kushi Institute, studied Buddhist mindfulness and meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh, and continued his quest for personal freedom and a solution to the global climate crisis. Living on Earth is the inspiring, heart-warming story of a scientist, husband, father, and spiritual seeker.


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