A reading list to help you grapple with the most pressing problem of our time (that includes Covid-19, which is, after all, intimately connected to the climate crisis). These books tell us what we are missing, what has already gone, and why it is worth saving:
David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
The book to read if you want to face the problem with your eyes open. Straightforward to understand and incredibly tough to digest. But it is a comprehensive account of what we have done to the world and what it will do to us (is already doing) and what needs to be done to stop the climate catastrophe.
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett,The Grassling: A Geological Memoir
A lyrical celebration of place and the intimate stories connected to them. An English-Kenyan woman explores the historic landscape of the English West Country.
Edward Parnell, Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country
The way we interact with the world is shaped through our stories and our stories are shaped by our environment. This volume is both a personal account of a connection to the landscape as well as a chronicle of the numerous ghost stories embedded in the British countryside.
Lauret Savoy, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape
A poignant portrait of how landscape, personal history, and the history of a country merge, centred on the author’s lived experience of racism and the racism of the American landscape.
Robert Macfarlane, Underland: A Deep Time Journey
A poetic journey into the soil beneath our feet and the stories and myths connected to it. A portrayal of the minute wonders of this one world we inhabit and the many worlds within it that we don’t know enough about.
Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
The book to instil you with the hope that, even when facing the complete collapse of our world as we know it, there is still time to act. If we act now. This is the book to get if you’re feeling hopeless and want an action plan.
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