Lately it seems like every day provides us with more and more reasons to join the Resistance against the current administration; whether it be by volunteering, donating, calling your local representatives or even just educating ourselves and others on the issues our nation—and the world—faces on a daily basis. Literature plays an important role in the act of Resistance, as both an educational and inspirational tool and a source for action. And one of the biggest points of contention that’s been brewing in the world is the subject of climate change. It seems absurd that people will actively argue against science and evidence, but it happens regularly. As frustrating as it may be to argue logic with someone who denies the horrific impacts of human-caused climate change on the environment, people and animals, it is still important to arm yourself with knowledge as a first step of #resisting and fighting back. While there is a great deal of misinformation out there about global warming, here list of books that feature well-researched scientific facts and studies will help you to keep up the good fight for our planet:
1. Caring For Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide To Climate Change And A Healthy Environment by Paul Douglas And Mitch Hescox
Don’t believe everything you hear—faith and science do not have to be mutually exclusive! Caring For Creation provides an excellent, faith-based argument about the climate debate and how Christians can take charge in caring for God’s creation. This empowering book also contains practical, simple ideas for improving our environment and helping out everyone around us.
2. Climate Change: What Everyone Needs To Know by Joseph Romm
The title says it all. This book is a straightforward description of the science behind climate change and global warming’s effects on you, your family and your home. Climate Change answers questions about implications of this growing harmful force in our world, like what are the future implications for owners of the coastal property? What occupations and fields of study will be most in demand in a globally warmed world? What impact will climate change have on investments and the global economy? And much, much more.
3. Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through The Science by Philippe Squarzoni
What better format to present the tricky business of climate science than a graphic novel? Don’t judge a book by it’s cover though, Climate Changed is a sobering take on the causes and consequences of climate change, with complex information presented in an accurate, digestible way. A combination of documentary, diary and graphic novel, Climate Changed weaves together scientific research, interviews with experts in the field and a call for action. Plus, the entire book is printed on FSC-certified paper from responsibly-managed, environmentally-sound sources.
4. Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Educating yourself and others on the dangers of climate change doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to reading only non-fiction. New York Times bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver gives us an excellent example of environmental fiction in Fight Behavior. Kingsolver’s riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Appalachia who discovers something that traps her in the center of conflict between religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians—and ultimately opens up her world. This thrilling and accessible novel might not help as much as the scientific books do, but it will inspire you to keep up the resistance.
5. The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, And Driving Us Crazy by Michael Mann And Tom Toles
Climate change is a polarizing issue, and The Madhouse Effect uses a mix of science, logic and political cartoons to explain the polarized world we live in. Written by award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles, The Madhouse Effect portrays how climate change denialists twist logic and use pseudo-science to dismantle clear evidence that human activity has changed Earth’s climate. The mix of cartoons and razor-sharp wit help present thoughtful arguments without too much gloom and doom.
6. Merchants Of Doubt: How A Handful Of Scientists Obscured The Truth On Issues From Tobacco Smoke To Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes And Erik M. Conway
The Merchants of Doubt explores the contentious history of corrupt scientists and scientific advisers who have run effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny over forty years worth of scientific knowledge about climate change. These same people have also denied the truth about studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain and CFCs to the ozone. This book, which is now also a powerful documentary, will fill you with a righteous fury which might inspire you to start calling your representatives.
7. Oil And Honey: The Education Of An Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben
This book might not offer any major revelations to die-hard environmental advocates, but it can help better explain the dire situation to climate change deniers. In 2011, author Bill McKibben led the largest civil disobedience in thirty years, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House. Oil and Honey is McKibben’s personal account of the two necessary sides of the global climate fight―the global level and the small-scale local answers to climate change. This easy read will urge you to get more involved and renew your commitment on both levels of the fight to stop global warming.
8. Six Degrees: Our Future On A Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas
While Oil And Honey is a bit more of a breezy, inspiring read, Six Degrees is one that’s not for the faint of heart. In the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees breaks it down to the most simple, extreme point: if the average global surface temperature rises by six degrees, most of life on Earth will go extinct―including humans. Based on well-established scientific articles, recent computer models and information from past warming events in Earth’s history, Six Degrees gives an eye-opening warning about what the Earth will look like as it gets hotter and hotter… and the outlook isn’t good.
9. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Whether you realize it or not, we’re actually in the middle of one of the most devastating extinction events that’s occurred since the dinosaurs. Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, and scientists all over the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction. New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert explains why and how human beings have altered life on Earth in a way that no species has before, and how a sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy.
10. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
This Changes Everything breaks the argument about climate change down to its simplest form: either we embrace radical change or radical change will visit us. Author Naomi Klein argues that climate change is actually an alarm that calls us to fix our broken economic systems. Klein argues that changes to our relationship with nature and one another should be viewed as a gift, a way to transform our broken economic and cultural priorities and heal historical wounds. While many of the books listed here have been sobering looks at our current dire situation, This Changes Everything presents the argument that capitalism and climate change are united as one big, tangled problem that can be solved.
Remember: this is our planet and it’s the only one we’ve got. Be educated, be thoughtful and be kind to the environment, its animals and each other.
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