RECOMMENDED BOOKS

There are staggering quantities of great books available, very few of which are fiction although that is changing (see a recent interview with Maja Lunde who wrote The History of Bees and The End of the Ocean)the stunning new Kim Stanley Robinson science fiction entry, The Ministry for the Future, and A Children’s Bible, chosen by The New York Times as one of the top ten best books of the year.

This is a curated list of the best books for adults, from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) which set the stage for understanding the impact humans were having on the planet, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) which made it abundantly clear, to Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014), Paul Hawken’s Drawdown (2017), and Richard Powers’ The Overstory (2019), a Pulitizer Prize-winning work of fiction and ode to trees — all bestsellers from the time they were published.

We have starred some titles with which we have personal history and others which have come highly recommended. Some are general like Joe Romm’s Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, and some highly specific like The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson, Naomi Klein’s highly political This Changes Everything, and John Englander’s Moving to Higher Ground. When Sir David Attenborough published, at the age of 93, his A Life on Our Planet, he called it his witness statement and his vision for the future. What a giant of a man.

In May, 2020, Michael Svoboda created a list of recent books on climate activism for Yale Climate Connections.  A new list from January, 2021, was stunning. The first three titles, Michael Mann’s The New Climate War, Bill Gates’ How To Avoid a Climate Disaster, and Elizabeth Kolbert’s Under a White Sky immediately got gold stars from us. You might find it interesting to read all of Skeptical Science’s reviews of The New Climate War. Michael Mann is truly a treasure.

We have also become increasingly impressed by Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon, (available on radio and as a podcast) where she interviews any number of authors who are concerned by climate change, most recently Paul Greenberg whose Climate Diet: 50 Simple Ways to Trim Your Carbon Footprint focuses on individual actions including those which specifically affect business and government and John Englander whose Moving to Higher Ground is really the last word on the implications of sea level rise.

Katharine Hayhoe’s Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World is scheduled for September publication. A climate researcher, scientist, and brilliant climate communicator, this is one to look forward to.

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101 Ways to Go Zero Waste (2019)

101 Ways to Go Zero Waste (2019)

By Kathryn Kellogg. Published by Countryman Press

In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares tips and more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home; advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion, and the office; and even secrets for how to go waste free at the airport. “It’s not about perfection,” she says. “It’s about making better choices.”

 

2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration: Based on the Documentary 2040 (2020)

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2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration: Based on the Documentary 2040 (2020)

By Damon Gameau. Published by Macmillan Australia

Like most of us, Damon Gameau has spent most of his adult years overwhelmed into inaction by the problem of climate change and its devastating effects on the planet. But when Damon became a father, he decided to do what he does best, and tell a story. The story became an imagining of what the world could look like in 2040, if we all decided to start doing things differently, right now. The result is the era-defining documentary 2040—a meticulously researched plea for the adoption of community-building, energy-generating, connection-forging, forest-renewing, ocean-replenishing measures that science tells us will reset our planet’s health, drive our economies and improve lives across the globe. 

 

A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow (2019)

A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow (2019)

By Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist. Published by PublicAffairs

The first book to offer a proven, fast, inexpensive, practical way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent catastrophic climate change.  Reviewed in The NY Times book review 2/10/19 by Richard Rhodes, who wrote Energy: A Human History.

 

A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions (2015)

A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions (2015)

By Katharine Hayhoe. Published by The University of New Mexico Press

Drawing on the two authors’ experiences, one as an internationally recognized climate scientist and the other as an evangelical leader of a growing church, this book explains the science underlying global warming, the impact that human activities have on it, and how our Christian faith should play a significant role in guiding our opinions and actions on this important issue.

 

A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet (2020)

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A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet (2020)

By Sarah Jaquette Ray. Published by University of California Press

A youth movement is reenergizing global environmental activism. The “climate generation”—late millennials and iGen, or Generation Z—is demanding that policy makers and government leaders take immediate action to address the dire outcomes predicted by climate science.

 

A Global Warming Primer: Answering Your Questions about the Science, the Consequences and the Solutions (2016)

A Global Warming Primer: Answering Your Questions about the Science, the Consequences and the Solutions (2016)

By Jeffrey Bennett. Published by Big Kid Science

Featuring clear, well-written, and concise arguments, this book is ideal for both climate-change believers and skeptics. Few books are as straightforward, comprehensive, and visually descriptive as in this book – accessible even to young teenagers.

 

A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas (2019)

A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas (2019)

By Jeffrey Peterson. Published by Island Press

More severe storms and rising seas will inexorably push the American coastline inland with profound impact on communities, infrastructure, and natural systems. In A New Coast, Jeffrey Peterson draws a comprehensive picture of how storms and rising seas will change the coast. Peterson offers a clear-eyed assessment of how governments can work with the private sector and citizens to be better prepared for the coming coastal inundation.