Climate Change is back at the forefront of conversation with President Trump’s withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement on Thursday. While the global implications are unsure at this point, it’s certainly concerning on many levels to see care for the environment put on the back burner. We only get one planet, and we’re undoubtedly affecting it in a negative way at this point. Check out these books that explain climate change and what the future could look like if gone unchecked.
1. Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni
Squarzoni presents details about the science, politics, and culture of the study of climate change with this graphic novel; his style is approachable and his call to action undeniable. Companion teaching guides are also available as this book is a perfect fit for the classroom.
2. The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by Michael Mann and Tom Toles
Michael Mann, a scientist and Tom Toles, a political cartoonist, join forces to examine a long history of climate change “denialism.” Toles illustrates (sometimes in hilarious ways) the various fallacious arguments against climate change, and both authors offer ways to counter those with facts and useful information. While the environment is no laughing matter, humor can be a useful tool to disarm naysayers and further productive discussion.
3. Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know by Joseph Romm
Romm’s book serves well as an introductory guide for the science behind climate change and its future implications. He presents detailed information in easy-t0-read and understand language and includes discussions of how the environment may impact not just the world’s economies, but also you personally.
4. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Five times throughout the history of the earth, a cataclysmic event has occurred that caused a mass extinction (think: the meteor crash that brought about the extinction of the dinosaurs). According to Kolbert, the sixth is coming and the cataclysmic event this time is humanity itself. She compiles research demonstrating the many, many species of animals and plants that are going extinct and implores us to consider what we can do to change.
5. Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson
Like Kolbert, Wilson examines the massive extinctions that are occurring around us daily, from the tiniest insects to Sumatran rhinos. However, his book is not as much bleak as it is a furtive look at a plan to stem the tide; he says we should devote half of the planet to nature. Easier said than done, yes, but he offers suggestions as to how we can begin to allow the earth to reclaim its biodiversity and thrive again.
Climate Change is real, and it is a cause for concern, regardless of what any politician may tell you. It’s time to learn as much as we can and be the change that our earth so desperately needs.
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