9 Books on Climate Change and the Environment That You Should Read

Climate change is a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon and is, in fact, going to get worse as the future decades come near. For a situation that is not likely to be fully resolved in any of our lifetimes, it’s important that we educate ourselves on the topic. If the citizens of the world are equipped with a better awareness of how climate change came to be, its effects, and how we can turn things around, changes to mitigate the issue are possible. Here is a list of some books on nature and climate change to make yourself a more educated person on the state of the planet.

How To Avoid A Climate Disaster by Bill Gates (2021)

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster is a book by business magnate, Bill Gates, who has spent the past decade researching climate change with experts in the field. In this book Gates gives a detailed description of the state of climate change and the methods we can use to solve the issue.

Merchants of Doubt by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes (2010)

Historians of science, Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes, wrote Merchants of Doubt to highlight science’s dark history with climate change. The two writers pull the rug under the many scientists who were funded to mislead the public on climate change with the aim of protecting the corporations who emit carbon emissions the most.

Losing Earth by Nathaniel Rich (2019)

Losing Earth is an account by essayist, Nathaniel Rich, on the story of how the human race began climate change and continues to deny its effects. It’s an analysis of the moral framework of how we view this dilemma and how this framework must change in the future if we wish to overcome climate change.

Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)

Walden is a vivid account of the time that Henry David Thoreau, a famous transcendentalist of the time, lived alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. The passages in the book reflect on his thoughts about nature and the importance that it holds. It is considered to be one of the most influential books in American literature.

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells (2019)

Journalist, David Wallace-Wells, uses The Uninhabitable Earth to take a look into the potential horrors that our future holds. Wallace-Wells believes that we have only scratched the surface of this issue and that the weight this problem holds may be beyond our comprehension. This book is a brutal reality-check on the state of our climate.

All We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson (2020)

All We Can Save is a book made up of a collection of essays and poems from Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist, and Katharine Wilkinson, a climate change activist, that highlight the voices of women in the climate change movement and how their presence impacts necessary change.

The Story of More by Hope Jahren (2020)

The Story of More is a book by geobiologist and geochemist, Hope Jahren, that delves into how the human spirit has created lots of positive creation, but also plenty of harmful waste. She spends much of the book analyzing how our efforts led to this point, the current projections, and the changes that need to be made to sustain our climate.

The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann (2021)

The New Climate War by climate scientist, Michael E. Mann, is a book that goes into the history of how corporations have dodged blame for climate change. He shows how these companies have marketed the idea that the people must take the personal agency to end climate change rather than the massive companies which account for the vast majority of the carbon emissions in our atmosphere.

Drawdown by Paul Hawken (2021)

Drawdown is a book by environmentalist and entrepreneur, Paul Hawken, that delves into a deep analysis about the causes and effects of our actions to create the best possible framework to stop the effects of climate change, many of the ideas may seem indirect, such as educating young girls in developing countries, but Hawken uses plenty of evidence to show why these initiatives would help end climate change.


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