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Cop27 (the 27th ‘Conference of Parties’ in which nations meet to discuss climate change) has begun in Egypt. If you’re anything like us, you’re hopeful for real policy change but realistic about the chances of it happening. Cop summits are often confusing, with headlines focussing on the drama of which world leader has made which awkward comment, as opposed to explaining the complexities of climate change. With this in mind, here are a few books we’ve been dipping in and out of lately. We hope they help you get some perspective on the complexities and options of tackling climate change!
As always, we recommend borrowing these texts from a local library. If you’d like to purchase them, our Bookshop.org.uk profile lists many of them and you’ll be supporting both indie bookshops and the Do Something Directory with your purchase.
A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change by Stephen M. Gardiner
Quite an academic book, this is all about the moral aspect of climate change and how ethics and politics interact – for example, how richer nations are often tempted to pass the costs of climate change to poorer nations, and how the current generations pass the issue on to future generations. Perfect reading for during the Cop summit!
Environmental Ethics: an Anthology, ed. Andrew Light
This anthology is quite heavy, but it’s filled with writings by scientists, philosophers and thinkers including Aldo Leopold and Arne Naess. We recommend picking the passages you’re interested in, as opposed to trying to read it from cover to cover.
Don’t Even Think About It : Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall
We’ve only just started this one, but it’s promising. We’re always looking at how we can learn to engage with people who aren’t convinced certain issues are real or worth caring about. If you’ve already finished it, share your thoughts!
We hope you’ve found this list helpful and we’d love to know your recommendations for climate change-related books.
Last updated on 11th November 2022.