This year, I made a promise to myself that I would read more books on climate change. I feel passionate about it and I want to be an activist for our planet. It can be overwhelming, but I’ve found that the more knowledgeable I am on the subject, the better I feel. Earth Day is on April 22, and it’s the perfect time for us to read about climate change. Here are a few books on the topic that I recommend.
- The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells: This book is on The New York Times Best Seller list. Here’s what Amazon says: “The Uninhabitable Earth is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation—today’s.”
- Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken: This is a very informative and scientific book. I read it last year and it made me feel a lot more confident on the issues of climate change. It’s very well-written and referenced.
- No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg: This is a collection of speeches that young activist Greta Thunberg (my hero) has given. She pleads us to take climate change seriously and her passion is contagious.
- This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein: I discovered this recently and I’m intrigued to read it. Here’s what Amazon says, “Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift—a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now.”
- The Story of More: How We Got To Climate Change and Where To Go From Here by Hope Jahren: Hope Jahren is a writer and an award-winning scientist. Her new book is a delightful read about the climate issues we face in our era. It’s filled with her own personal stories.
- The Lonely Polar Bear: A Subtle Way to Introduce Young Kids to Climate Change Issues by Khoa Le: I’ve been searching for a picture book that I can share with my kids that will spark their interest in climate change without causing anxiety. This one looks special.
- Think Little by Wendell Berry: My culinary idol Alice Waters shared this book on her Instagram and it piqued my interest. Here’s a quote from Amazon: “[Berry] speaks out powerfully and poignantly on behalf of family farmers, their land, and their small towns. His spiritual vision of life is informed by a deep love of nature, a profound regard for the details of place, a respect for small-scale economies, and an advocacy of wise stewardship of the earth. Paul Kingsnorth chose the 31 essays for this handsome collection as ample evidence of Berry’s inspiring defense of character qualities like rugged individualism, diligence, loyalty, and reverence for nature.”―Frederic Brussat and Patricia Campbell Carlson, Spirituality & Practice