Climate Change Reading List (Fiction & Non-fiction)
Recommended Books on Climate Change (Fiction & Non-fiction)
(a) Weather (Novel) by Jenny Offill
(b) The Overstory (Literary Fiction) by Richard Powers
Richard Powers’ 12th novel, The Overstory tells the tale of two very different worlds — one of humans and that of non-humans (trees) caught up in the timber wars of the Pacific Northwest. A beautiful novel of humans reconnecting with nature with a select few having access to an invisible yet fascinatingly inventive world.
This is a complex plot with colourful, rich characters — a revealing and rewarding read that celebrates nature and our connection to it.
(c) The Uninhabitable Earth (Non-fiction) by David Wallace-Wells
The book initially inspired by a New Yorker article that author, David Wallace-Wells wrote, it captures the reality of not getting climate change under control – the consequences of which could mean ‘food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation’.
Providing a crystal-clear look at how a new world could possibly look, transformed for worse, it calls into question the sustainability of life as we know it. It reminds us of our responsibility to act now – particularly for the generation(s) that can do something now. The single most important book you might read on climate change.
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