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CLIMATE READS

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy

by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

Active Hope is about finding, and offering, our best response to the climate crisis. The book offers an approach that strengthens our capacity to face disturbing information and respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. The reader is guided through a transformational process that equips them to find their role in the collective transition to a life-sustaining society. At the heart of this book is the idea that Active Hope is a gift that is not only given but also received. It is a way of engaging with the world that shapes our choices and actions - to support the future we hope for. And it helps us to overcome feelings of powerlessness or overwhelm which can block us from action.

Sorry for the Inconvenience But This Is An Emergency

by Lynne Jones

As floods, fires and unprecedented heatwaves rage across the planet, more and more people are turning to nonviolent action to achieve political change. Can it work? Doctor and aid worker Lynne Jones offers a compelling, ground-level account of the last five years of protests in the UK, exploring how and why ordinary citizens have resorted to extraordinary methods to confront the global climate and nature crises. Drawing on her experiences opposing nuclear weapons at Greenham Common airbase in the 1980s, and sharing her journey in movements like Extinction Rebellion today, she reflects on both public history and her personal story to answer key questions about nonviolent action in a world on the brink. Can we learn from the protest movements of the past? How do you communicate with those who disagree? What are the most effective forms of disruption in a Western democracy? Is property damage nonviolent? Is the law just? How important are direct interventions, boycotts and non-cooperation? What can we learn from indigenous activists in the Global South?

 

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

Braiding Sweetgrass

by Robin Wall Kimmerer 

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two ways of knowledge together.

 

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings - asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass - offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

Nomad Century

by Gaia Vince

We are facing a species emergency. With every degree of temperature rise, a billion people will be displaced from the zone in which humans have lived for thousands of years. While we must do everything we can to mitigate the impact of climate change, the brutal truth is that huge swathes of the world are becoming uninhabitable.

 

While the climate catastrophe is finally getting the attention it deserves, the inevitability of mass migration has been largely ignored. 

 

In this rousing call to arms, Gaia Vince describes how we can plan for and manage unavoidable climate migration while we restore the planet to a fully habitable state. The vital message of this book is that migration is not the problem - it's the solution. 

Inflamed

by Rupa Marya and Raj Patel

'Health is not something we can attain as individuals, for ourselves, hermetically sealed off from the world around us. An injury to one is an injury to all.'

Our bodies, societies and planet are inflamed. In this boldly original book, renowned political economist Raj Patel teams up with physician Rupa Marya to illuminate the hidden relationships between human health and the profound injustices of our political and economic systems. In doing so, they offer a radical new cure: the deep medicine of decolonization.

Combining the latest scholarship on globalization and biology with the stories of patients in marginalized communities and the wisdom of Indigenous groups, Inflamed points the way toward a medicine that heals what has been divided and has the potential to transform not only our bodies but the world.

Fossil Capital

by Andreas Malm

The Nutmeg's Curse

by Amitav Ghosh

Book of Trespass 

by Nick Hayes

Merchants of Doubt

by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

The Merchants of Doubt identifies parallels between the global heating controversy and earlier controversies over tobacco smoking. Oreskes and Conway write that in each case “keeping the controversy alive” by spreading doubt and confusion after a scientific consensus had been reached was the basic strategy of those opposing action.

The Ministry for the Future 

by Kim Stanley Robinson

How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire

by Andreas Malm

Malm argues that sabotage is a logical form of climate activism, and criticises both pacifism within the climate movement and "climate fatalism" outside it.

The book was adapted to a film which is on Netflix.

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