10 Books on Climate Change
The Truth About Climate Change: Are We Doomed or Can We Still Save Our Planet?
Climate change has been a growing and pressing issue for many years, and recent news indicates that it continues to have a significant impact on our planet. From melting ice caps to severe weather patterns, the effects of climate change are being felt across the globe. In this post, I am sharing ten NEW nonfiction books on this important topic.
Love Your Mother: 50 States, 50 Stories, and 50 Women United for Climate Justice by Mallory McDuff (4/11/23) Broadleaf Books | Love Your Mother lifts up the stories of these women working toward a viable future, from farmer and rancher Donna Kilpatrick in Arkansas to writer Latria Graham in South Carolina. From Alabama to Alaska, from Wisconsin to Wyoming, these women are poets, physicians, climate scientists, students, farmers, writers, documentary filmmakers, and more. Their work lights the way for conversation and collective action in our homes and in the world.
The Power of Trees: How Ancient Forests Can Save Us If We Let Them by Peter Wohlleben (5/2/23) Greystone Books | An illuminating manifesto on ancient forests: how they adapt to climate change by passing their wisdom through generations, and why our future lies in protecting them. At the heart of The Power of Trees lies Wohlleben's passionate plea: that our survival is dependent on trusting ancient forests, and allowing them to thrive.
Climate Optimism: Celebrating Systemic Change Around the World by Zahra Biabani (4/11/23) Mango | Zahra Biabini, a climate activist with a creative twist, created this guide to help readers learn how to stay optimistic in the face of the climate crisis. Doing good things can make a change to developing environmental sustainability!
Unseen Beings: How We Forgot the World Is More Than Human by Erik Jampa Andersson (5/30/23) Hay House UK | A revolutionary perspective on the climate crisis which delves into history, philosophy, science and religion to explore how and why we became a human-centric world and what this means for the environment. Drawing on Buddhist wisdom, Erik offers a treatment to our ecological disease that will make us rethink our very existence on this precious planet.
Facing the Climate Emergency, Second Edition: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth by Margaret Klein Salamon (5/30/23) New Society Publishers | Overwhelmed by climate anxiety? Transform your angst into action to become the hero humanity needs. A lifeline for those suffering from climate anxiety, Facing the Climate Emergency combines expertise in clinical psychology and disruptive climate activism to help readers transform their fear and grief into courage and heroism.
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A Future We Can Love: How We Can Reverse the Climate Crisis with the Power of Our Hearts and Minds by Susan Bauer-Wu (6/13/23) Shambhala | A Future We Can Love shares the words of these two great figures, generations apart, bringing them into dialogue with cutting-edge climate scientists, activists, and spiritual leaders to start a world-changing conversation.
A Sense of Urgency: How the Climate Crisis Is Changing Rhetoric by Debra Hawhee (6/30/23) University of Chicago Press | Why is it difficult to talk about climate change? Debra Hawhee argues that contemporary rhetoric relies on classical assumptions about humanity and history that cannot conceive of the present crisis. How do we talk about an unprecedented future or represent planetary interests without privileging our own species?
The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet by Jeff Goodell (7/11/23) Little Brown & Company | The Heat Will Kill You First is about the extreme ways in which our planet is already changing. It is about why spring is coming a few weeks earlier and fall is coming a few weeks later and the impact that will have on everything from our food supply to disease outbreaks.
How to Live in a Chaotic Climate: 10 Steps to Reconnect with Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Planet by Laura Schmidt and Aimee Lewis Reau (8/8/23) Shambhala | Eco-distress is real. How to Live in a Chaotic Climate is here to help you rediscover meaning, joy, and connection as the tumult around us increases. Based on the Good Grief Network's acclaimed 10 Steps to Resilience and Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate program, this book unpacks the social, political, and spiritual nuances of the climate emergency, step by step.
The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth by Elizabeth Rush (8/15/23) Milkweed Editions | An astonishing, vital book about Antarctica, climate change, and motherhood. In 2019, fifty-seven scientists and crew set out onboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer. Their destination: Thwaites Glacier. Their goal: to learn as much as possible about this mysterious place, never before visited by humans, and believed to be both rapidly deteriorating and capable of making a catastrophic impact on global sea-level rise.
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Climate change is a complex issue that requires a collective effort to address. While recent developments have shown that progress is being made, there is still much work to be done to ensure a sustainable future for our planet. It is up to all of us to take action and make a difference in the fight against climate change.
Did you find any good books to add to your TBR? This is just a small sampling of the nonfiction titles I’ve curated on this topic. Make sure to check out the complete list HERE.
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