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5 Must-Have Coffee Table Reads on Climate Change & More

Oct 18, 2022 Annie Cao

If you’ve just ordered a new coffee table (like our City Table!), you might be thinking of stacking a small collection of books or magazines to read while lounging (on our sustainable Essential seating, of course). Here are 5 books that we recommend reading if you’re interested in learning more about sustainability and climate change!

 

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein

On Fire brings together an assortment of Klein’s essays over the past decade, placing new works alongside old ones to emphasize the burning urgency of a Green New Deal. Published in 2019, Klein addresses a wide array of climate contingencies and interrelated crises. She connects the dots between different countries’ struggles to address climate change and highlights the importance of collective action. Writing about various labor sectors such as health and education, Klein argues that they should be considered green jobs even if their ecological role isn’t visible at first. These topics demonstrate how dire the climate situation is and warns of what will happen if we don’t take action now.

 

 

 

As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, From Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker, an Indigenous researcher and activist, analyzes climate change though a unique, yet often ignored lens. Covering topics ranging from protecting sacred sites to food and water security, Gilio-Whitaker highlights how people may not know much about the tense history between indigenous peoples and the government. The book also addresses the Standing Rock protest in 2016 – an event in which ancestral burial grounds would be destroyed and the water supply would be poisoned if construction began for the Dakota Access Pipeline. By becoming aware of the history of Indigenous resistance, Gioli-Whitaker believes we can fight climate change together.

 

 

 

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, & Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katherine Keeble Wilkinson

All We Can Save is a collection of essays, poetry, and art from female scientists, farmers, and climate activists. By creating a more inclusive, nuanced, and situation-oriented conversation, this book highlights how female leadership is a growing movement within climate change.

 

 

 

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change & Where to Go From Here by Hope Jahren

Penned as an open letter to humanity, this book praises humankind for their ability to tame wild crops and cure diseases. But it also explains how key inventions have led to an excess in production and the urge to always want more.

 

 

 

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken

Housing a collection of 100 realistic and actionable initiatives to improve human health, security, and prosperity, this book is a New York Times bestseller. Written by international researchers, professors, and scientists, these solutions concentrate on areas such as clean energy, education for girls in low-income communities, and land-use practices that can pull carbon out of the air. Hawken believes that if these ideas are adopted, global warming would significantly slow down within the next 30 years.

 

If you've checked off all these books on your reading list, check out our other blog post with more book recommendations!

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