Book Club

Throughout the year members of the Network may want to get together to discuss recent books written about climate change related issues. Here are a few that members have already suggested for the Network. 

 

Reason_in_a_Dark_Time_0.jpgWe are stuck with climate change. This book is about what it is, why we are stuck with it, what we can learn from our failures, and how we can go on from here.

Climate change is not a problem that conforms to our traditional models of individual morality and global justice. Indeed, it is not a single problem but a cluster of challenges. We will have to abandon the Promethean dream of a certain, decisive solution and instead engage with the messy world of temporary victories and local solutions while a new world comes into focus.

Adaptation is both unavoidable and extremely important, but this volume also argues for the adoption of practical policies of abatement and mitigation. Such policies will reduce costs and help to spread them; minimize losses of animals, plants, and ecosystems; and lower the risk of catastrophic climate change.

Jamieson recommends seven policy priorities, three governing principles, and one focus of immediate action. The priorities, principles, and immediate action that Jamieson suggests are practical and actionable. They do not require comprehensive agreements across large diverse populations in order to be implemented. Despite the unprecedented nature of the challenge, it matters what we do and how we live. Human life will have meaning as long as there are people to take up the burden.

 

Dont_Even_Think_About_It_0.jpgWhy, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? And what does it need for us to become fully convinced of what we already know?

George Marshall’s search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world’s leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals.

Along the way his research raised other intriguing questions:

Why do most people never talk about climate change, even people with personal experience of extreme record breaking weather?

Why did scientists, normally the most trusted professionals in our society, become distrusted, hated, and the targets for violent abuse?

Why do the people who say climate change is too uncertain become more agitated about the threats of cell phones, meteorite strikes or alien invasion?

Why does having children make people less concerned about climate change not more?

And, why is Shell Oil so much more concerned about the threat posed by its slippery floors than the threats posed by its products?

 

This_Changes_Everything_0.jpgForget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.

In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate.

 We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook: reining in corporate power, rebuilding local economies, and reclaiming our democracies.

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