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11 best books on climate change, shared by climate activists

11 best books on climate change, shared by climate activists

By NBC News

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Friendspire created this based on a list by NBC News on 7 July 2021.

Reading is one of those pastimes that tends to stay with you for life. Sure, we might start reading children's books like Clifford The Big Red Dog, but as we get older, so too do the novels we read. It starts with a easy book, then it progresses to young adult novels, biographies, and classics. Reading takes us out of our everyday lives and stresses, and div
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Revolutionary Power

2021 | Shalanda Baker

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, completely upending the energy grid of the small island. The nearly year-long power outage that followed vividly shows how the new climate reality intersects with race and access to energy. The island is home to brown and black US citizens who lack the political power of those living in the continental US. As the world continues to warm and storms like Maria become more commonplace, it is critical that we rethink our current energy system to enable reliable, locally produced, and locally controlled energy without replicating the current structures of power and control. In Revolutionary Power, Shalanda Baker arms those made most vulnerable by our current energy system with the tools they need to remake the system in the service of their humanity. She argues that people of color, poor people, and indigenous people must engage in the creation of the new energy system in order to upend the unequal power dynamics of the current system. Revolutionary Power is a playbook for the energy transformation complete with a step-by-step analysis of the key energy policy areas that are ripe for intervention. Baker tells the stories of those who have been left behind in our current system and those who are working to be architects of a more just system. She draws from her experience as an energy-justice advocate, a lawyer, and a queer woman of color to inspire activists working to build our new energy system. Climate change will force us to rethink the way we generate and distribute energy and regulate the system. But how much are we willing to change the system? This unique moment in history provides an unprecedented opening for a deeper transformation of the energy system, and thus, an opportunity to transform society. Revolutionary Power shows us how.

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All We Can Save

2020 | Ayana Elizabeth Johnson,Katharine K. Wilkinson

Provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward. There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. While it's clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial table. More than a problem of bias, it's a dynamic that sets us up for failure. To change everything, we need everyone. All We Can Save illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the United States--scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and race--and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis. These women offer a spectrum of ideas and insights for how we can rapidly, radically reshape society. Intermixing essays with poetry and art, this book is both a balm and a guide for knowing and holding what has been done to the world, while bolstering our resolve never to give up on one another or our collective future. We must summon truth, courage, and solutions to turn away from the brink and toward life-giving possibility. Curated by two climate leaders, the book is a collection and celebration of visionaries who are leading us on a path toward all we can save. With essays and poems by: Emily Atkin - Xiye Bastida - Ellen Bass - Colette Pichon Battle - Jainey K. Bavishi - Janine Benyus - adrienne maree brown - Régine Clément - Abigail Dillen - Camille T. Dungy - Rhiana Gunn-Wright - Joy Harjo - Katharine Hayhoe - Mary Annaïse Heglar - Jane Hirshfield - Mary Anne Hitt - Ailish Hopper - Tara Houska, Zhaabowekwe - Emily N. Johnston - Joan Naviyuk Kane - Naomi Klein - Kate Knuth - Ada Limón - Louise Maher-Johnson - Kate Marvel - Gina McCarthy - Anne Haven McDonnell - Sarah Miller - Sherri Mitchell, Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset - Susanne C. Moser - Lynna Odel - Sharon Olds - Mary Oliver - Kate Orff - Jacqui Patterson - Leah Penniman - Catherine Pierce - Marge Piercy - Kendra Pierre-Louis - Varshini - Prakash - Janisse Ray - Christine E. Nieves Rodriguez - Favianna Rodriguez - Cameron Russell - Ash Sanders - Judith D. Schwartz - Patricia Smith - Emily Stengel - Sarah Stillman - Leah Cardamore Stokes - Amanda Sturgeon - Maggie Thomas - Heather McTeer Toney - Alexandria Villaseñor - Alice Walker - Amy Westervelt - Jane Zelikova

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The Hungry Tide

2005 | Amitav Ghosh,Amitav

Between The Sea And The Plains Of Bengal, On The Easternmost Coast Of India, Lies An Immense Archipelago Of Islands. Some Are Vast And Some No Larger Than Sandbars; Some Have Lasted Through Recorded History While Others Have Just Washed Into Being. These Are The Sundarbans. Here There Are No Borders To Divide Fresh Water From Salt, River From Sea, Even Land From Water. The Settlers Of The Sundarbans Believe That Anyone Without A Pure Heart Who Ventures Into The Watery Labyrinth Will Never Return. Survival Is An Everyday Battle For These People Who Have Managed To Strike A Delicate Balance With Nature. But The Arrival Of Piyali Roy, Of Indian Parentage But Stubbornly American, And Of Kanai Dutt, A Sophisticated Delhi Businessman, Threatens To Upset This Balance. Kanai Has Returned To The Islands On The Request Of His Aunt, A Local Figure, For The First Time Since The Death Of His Uncle, A Political Radical Who Died Mysteriously In The Aftermath Of A Local Uprising. When Piya, Who Is On The Track Of The Rare River Dolphins, Hires Fokir, An Illiterate But Proud Local Man To Guide Her Through The Backwaters, Kanai Becomes Her Translator. From This Moment, The Tide Begins To Turn. Amitav Ghosh Has Discovered Another New Territory, Summoning A Singular, Fascinating Place, Another World, From Its History And Myth, And Bringing It To Life. Yet The Hungry Tide Also Explores Another And Far More Unknowable Jungle: The Human Spirit. It Is A Novel That Asks At Every Turn: What Man Can Take The True Measure Of Another? Click Here To Visit The Amitav Ghosh Website

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Climate Action Challenge

2020 | Joan Gregerson

Start your own environmental team and make a real difference...in 90 days!Are you worried about climate change, pollution, and environmental justice, but just haven't been able to figure out how to make a real difference? Do you feel like you've been spinning your wheels joining big committees, signing petitions, or donating to large organizations, but don't see your efforts getting real results? Does it feel like it's time for you to start your own environmental project, but you don't know where to start or how to make it work? Well, don't despair! Launching your own environmental team doesn't have to be hard or intimidating. You can do it and start making a huge eco-impact fast. Get the accompanying workbook, too!In this book, Joan Gregerson, Founder of Green Team Academy, distills valuable insight from her experience working with hundreds of GreenTeams into a proven, easy-to-follow system so that you can: - Learn how regular people just like you started their own successful Green Teams.- Attract committed, ideal team members, even when people have extremely busy lives. - Fuel excitement and attract dozens of partners to support your initiatives.- Avoid the common pitfalls that cause too many newbie teams to falter and give up. - Stop wasting time and start making a difference today.This book takes the ideas from 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth to a completely new level, by giving you proven ways to make a huge impact as called for in An Inconvenient Truth, The Sixth Extinction, and Uninhabitable Earth. Pick up your copy today! Be part of the solution and make your children and future generations proud!Find out how people around the world are using this system to make an impact in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge! Updated: January 16, 2021

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Waste

2020 | Catherine Coleman Flowers

A Smithsonian Magazine Top Ten Best Science Book of 2020 The MacArthur grant–winning “Erin Brockovich of Sewage” tells the riveting story of the environmental justice movement that is firing up rural America, with a foreword by the renowned author of Just Mercy MacArthur “genius” Catherine Coleman Flowers grew up in Lowndes County, Alabama, a place that's been called “Bloody Lowndes” because of its violent, racist history. Once the epicenter of the voting rights struggle, today it's Ground Zero for a new movement that is Flowers's life's work. It's a fight to ensure human dignity through a right most Americans take for granted: basic sanitation. Too many people, especially the rural poor, lack an affordable means of disposing cleanly of the waste from their toilets, and, as a consequence, live amid filth. Flowers calls this America's dirty secret. In this powerful book she tells the story of systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudice that foster Third World conditions, not just in Alabama, but across America, in Appalachia, Central California, coastal Florida, Alaska, the urban Midwest, and on Native American reservations in the West. Flowers's book is the inspiring story of the evolution of an activist, from country girl to student civil rights organizer to environmental justice champion at Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative. It shows how sanitation is becoming too big a problem to ignore as climate change brings sewage to more backyards, and not only those of poor minorities.

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