Student author gives a sustainability twist to science fiction

Climate change doesn’t have to lead to a dystopian future – there is hope through science.

In a speech to the House of Commons during World War II, Winston Churchill’s battle cry to defeating the Nazi’s was “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning,” With these words in mind, Zachary Eichholz, a master’s student studying interdisciplinary science had a spark of inspiration for the title of his book, “The End of the Beginning.”

Eichholz’s enthusiasm for sustainability permeates everything he does, including his studies, extra-curricular activities and his hobbies. During his downtime, you’ll often see him strolling the Botanical Garden or tending to the Ethos Community Garden, which he was instrumental in helping bring to life. (You can read more about the genesis and creation of the garden here). As a president of the Residence Life Sustainability Committee, Eichholz’s passion is deeply rooted in conservation and making the world a better place.

“I hope to save the world though writing,” says Eichholz.

What started as a side-hobby three years ago has now culminated into full-fledged science-fiction novel. The topic —a hopeful future where mankind has been able to live more sustainably and combat climate change. No dystopian future here, but a message of hope.

Blending hard-science with creativity, Eichholz created a fictional world based in reality, incorporating real facts and scientific research into his writing.

“I feel like now more than ever, science needs to be understood and needs to be accepted for us to move forward.”

Eichholz plans to write a series of four novels, all interconnected with a single message – we have the ability to create a better future by working with nature, not against it.

Eichholz’s book will be available July 20 on eBook and paperback. To get updates, follow his Facebook page and website.

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