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Recommended Books

Naturally Curious (New Edition) Mary Holland, 2019. A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England.

Unbottled The Fight against Plastic Water and for Water Justice, Daniel Jaffee, 2023. Dive into the world of drinking water from historical struggles to current ecological and social crises caused by the commodification of water. “Unbottled examines the vibrant movements that have emerged to question the need for bottled water and challenge its growth in North America and worldwide.”

The Carbon Almanac: It’s Not Too Late, Seth Godin, Ed. 2022.
This large-format, 300+ page paperback makes an excellent, encyclopedic contribution to the latest information, including a comprehensive discussion of the causes and consequences of climate change. With illustrated articles on 50 Impacts and 59 Solutions, it makes a superb addition to the library of anyone who is serious about communicating the climate reality.

Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis, Britt Wray, 2022.
A leader among those working with climate despair, Britt Wray melds science and emotional insight to walk us down the pathway to hope. Rich with stories, her book is both readable and practical—a balm for those who have stared into the darkness and are seeking a realistic way through.

A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet, Sarah Jaquette Ray, 2020.
Offering a readable and ultimately hopeful map of “Climate Wisdom,” Ray builds on a decade of experience teaching college students the realities of climate deterioration even as she builds on psychology, mindfulness, and humanities to offer and “existential tool kit” for confronting the anguishing challenge of finding hope in a dark time.

Last Child in the Woods, Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill:Chapel Hill, NC, 2006. Written early in the 21st century, the message in this must-read for parents and grandparents is even more urgent today. Linking the absence of meaningful connection with nature in today’ children to physical and emotional health disorders, the author offers practical solutions. Calling for a “nature-child reunion,” his hopeful prescription points to a healthier, greener tomorrow.

The Climate Action Handbook, by Heidi A. Roop. Lists 100 “actions” people can take, under such categories as Energy, Travel and Work, Food and Farming, Shopping and Consumer Choices, Actions around the Home and more.

Short Circuiting Policy Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States by Leah Cardamore Stokes. This book is recommended by Third Act in their 2023 Public Utilities Commission Teach-In Webinar.

Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times by by Kate Davies and Vicki Robin
Climate disruption. Growing social inequality. Pollution. We are living in an era of unprecedented crises, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task. Intrinsic Hope offers a powerful antidote to these feelings. It shows how conventional ideas of hope are rooted in the belief that life will conform to our wishes and how this leads to disappointment, despair, and a dismal view of the future.

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katherine K. Wilkinson
This remarkable collection brings over sixty scientists, poets, philosophers, artists and writers—all female—together in a chorus of inspiring calls for addressing climate change. Includes Janine Benyus, Mary Oliver, Katharine Hayhoe, Naomi Klein and more.

Being the Change: Live Well and Start a Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus

This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs The Climate by Naomi Klein
Klein really means what her title says. In this searing critique of our current economic arrangement, she connects the dots among capitalism, racial justice, economic inequality, and climate. She also devastates the idea that dimming the sun will somehow save us.

Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet by Noam Chomsky & Robert Pollin

A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-based Decisions by Katherine Hayhoe
By a respected climate scientist who is also a Christian Evangelical, this book has made its author a sensation on the lecture circuit. But the book also happens to be one of the most accessible and convincing climate books available.
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall
If you are looking for ways to convince people that addressing climate change is urgent, or that it’s even real, this book is one of the best. Marshall shows how peer pressure, trusted communicators, social norms, and in-group loyalty can make a real difference.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken
The sub-title has it right. If you want a comprehensive selection of countless ways we can address climate change, this is it; includes food, energy, buildings, land use, transporta­tion, and more. Loaded with concrete ideas. Google it to find an array of supportive links.

Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit by Al Gore
Here’s the book that “outed” climate change into the public at large. Gore first got religion when he learned of the impact of CO2 on global heating. Scorned by conservatives, he has proven tragically right and remains a key climate pioneer.

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
In this, the first book about climate change, McKibben argues that “Nature,” to which we have always been subordinate, has now become subordinate to us, and that we are not exercising this power wisely. The book paved the way for the term, “Anthropocene”.

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben
By the founder of and dean of popular climate writing, this, his most recent book, offers us a perfect storm of the disasters that lie ahead if we don’t pay attention: artificial intelligence, genetic manipulation, and climate meltdown. Read and tremble.

Going Dark by Guy R. McPherson
If you want to know how bad it can get, McPherson’s your man. He has been warning of certain climate doom for decades. This slim volume is only one of many diatribes in which he has predicted climate clamp-down by 2026. Do the arithmetic and weep.

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh
I loved this book for its utterly fresh angle on climate disaster as well as Bengal-born Ghosh’s quiet, erudite reflection on why it is so difficult for Americans even to conceive of the reality of what is facing us. It is devastatingly revelatory.

Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change by Kathleen Dean Moore
Truly one of my favorite people, Moore gave up an endowed chair in Moral Philosophy to combat climate change for the duration. Here she offers a luscious set of essays poignant and hefty, anguished and icy, passionate and inspiring. Read them and sing.

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson

Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates
Although it never plumbs the depths of worthy of a full understanding of the climate challenge, this book is well worth reading, and will elevate public awareness as fully as its own position on the Times best-seller list. Hopeful, coolly nerdy, and useful.

The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis
You don’t have to be a Catholic to love this book! Francis goes for broke, giving us the most comprehensive integration of climate science, Christian ethics, and broad social invocation that you will find anywhere. If you want to go big on climate, this is it.

Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich

Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril by Kathleen Dean Moore & Michael P. Nelson
Arguing that more than even a scientific or technical challenge, climate change is a moral challenge, and that moral arguments are a primary necessity. This staggering collection brings us Thomas Berry, Desmond Tutu, Sally McFague, Robin Kimmerer, Brian Doyle and dozens of others.

Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet by Dieter Helm

Net Zero: How We Stop Causing Climate Change by Dieter Helm

Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency by Mark Lynas

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where We Go from Here by Hope Jahren

Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future by Douglas Farr

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert
Having detailed the coming man-made climate disaster in her Pulitzer-winning The Sixth Extinction, Kolbert explores the costs of trying to repair the mess by more manipulation of Mother Nature. “By turns inspiring, terrifying, and darkly comic,” says the jacket.

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda
Inspired by Greta Thunberg and informed by Naomi Klein’s new book, On Fire, about the Green New Deal, Fonda has produced a readable, practical book filled with ideas for how each of us can make a difference before it’s too late.

What We Know About Climate Change by Kerry Emanuel

Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming by McKenzie Funk

Youth Selections

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, 2015 (ages 4-8)

The Second Life of Trees by Aimée Bissonette, 2021 (ages 8-12)

Can You Hear the Trees Talking? Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest by Peter Wohlleben, 2019 – Ages 14-20

No More Plastic by Alma Fullerton – Picture Book (ages 4-7)

How to Change Everything for young adults by Naomi Klein (young adult)
Pitched to the young adult reader, renowned climate author Naomi Klein lays out the challenges facing us, using profiles and stories of youth activism around the world. Her book reminds young people that they are not victims but leaders showing the way to create a global climate movement.

The Snow Tree: Join Little Bear’s Search for Color in a White and Wintry World by Caroline Repchuk (ages 2-6)

Trees, text by Tony Johnston, illustrations by Tiffany Bozic (all ages) a glorious, poetic celebration of trees with extraordinary illustrations. Additional resources in the back.(all ages including young children)

Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert, a simple text, bright colors, teaches names of flowers and colors. (ages 2-4)

Don’t Touch that Flower, text by Alice Hemming, illustrations by Nicola Slater. Laugh out loud story as Bird explains to Squirrel how to care for his flower, delightful cartoon illustrations. The only problem, you’ll be asked to read it over and over, again and again! (ages 2-5

On the Nature Trail, a hands-on field guide for a nature walk Contains information about leaves, mushrooms, animal tracks and other things you might see on the trail, with a magnifying glass in a pouch in the book, allowing for a closer view. (ages 8-12)

Can I Recycle This? By Jennie Romer, illustrations by Christie Young. Teaching kids what to recycle and how to reduce single-use plastics. (ages 8-12)

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