The Climate Tracker community is composed of young scientists, journalists, activists, and researchers. So when we asked them to recommend books that helped them understand climate change, we knew we were going to get some good responses. The recommendations were awesome, and we’ll be revealing them to you in a two-part series that starts…here!
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
This was the most recommended book by Trackers. And for good reason. This book made it to the New York Times Bestseller list in 2014, won the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, and was a shortlisted nominee for the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
The core of this book? Climate change isn’t about carbon. It’s about capitalism.
Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. Oh, and she’s also the host of a podcast called Mothers of Invention.
From the backcover: “Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.”
Climate: A New Story by Charles Eisenstein
“If we want a living world, we have to act from the place where the world is alive,” Eistenstein writes.
Published in 2018, Eisenstein flips the climate change script. Framing climate change as an impending catastrophe and quantifying the natural world, Eisenstein says, limits our ability to understand the environment and develop transformative solutions. Instead, Eisenstein invites readers to consider a different narrative. One of interbeing, meaningful emotional and psychological connection, and committed transformation.
I’m With the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet by various authors
This book is a collection of stories written by Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, I.C Boyle, Toby Litt, Lydia Millet and David Mitchell. On the new frontier of climate fiction, these stories blend speculative and literary fiction. Even better, royalties from I’m With the Bears go to 350.org, Bill McKibben’s international grassroots movement working to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Storms of my Grandchildren by James Hansen
James Edward Hansen is an American adjunct professor directing the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He was also a former Nasa climate scientist, and the guy who first warned Congress about global warming in the 1980s.
In this book, Hansen speaks out on the full truth of global warming. While it can get technical at times, it is described by one Goodreads reader as “the heartfelt cry of a visionary scientist at the top of his field.”