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List of Resources for Learning About Climate: Change/Legislation/Lobbying/Discussing/Activism/Justice

List of Resources for Learning About Climate: Change/Legislation/Lobbying/Discussing/Activism/Justice

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LIST OF RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT:

CLIMATE CHANGE / CLIMATE LEGISLATION / LOBBYING /

DISCUSSING CLIMATE CHANGE / CLIMATE ACTIVISM /CLIMATE JUSTICE

 

IF YOU’RE NEW TO CLIMATE ACTIVISM AND CLIMATE SCIENCE:

Books

The Global Warming Reader, A Century of Writing About Climate Change, Edited by Bill McKibben (2012)  (A comprehensive resource that collects seminal texts and voices on climate change from the phenomenon’s discovery in the late 19th century to the present.)

 

Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope (2017)

An optimistic discussion about climate change, with real solutions.

 

Our Choice, A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, by AL Gore (2009)

 

Dire Predictions, The Visual Guide to the Findings of the IPCC , By Michael Mann (2015)

The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis will bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World, by Paul Gilding (2012)  (How global warming is not simply about fossil fuels and carbon footprints, but about changing our economy and how we live and use our resources.)

 

The Sixth Extinction, An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)(A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes)

 

Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change, by Jim Antal (2018) (A compelling case that it’s time for the church to meet the moral challenge of climate change). 

What We’re Fighting For Now Is Each Other: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Climate Justice, by Wen Stephenson (2015) (A look at some of the “new American radicals” who have laid everything on the line to build a stronger climate justice movement.)

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/12/climate-books-as-holiday-gifts/

Twelve books on climate change from 2018, including two novels

 

Web/Articles

General information and lists of resources for all levels of climate knowledge (just getting started to in-depth dives on specific issues):

 

IPCC Global Warming Special Report 2018: What Does it Actually Mean? , coolearth, (2018) ( A summary of the IPCC report on global warming and what we can do now.)

 

Five Things we Have Learned from the IPCC Report, by Matt McGrath, (2018), BBC News  

 

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/05/start-here/  (A site with a comprehensive list of references about climate change, at all levels of expertise)

 

The Way to Save the Planet” Bill McKibben’s latest thoughts on the subject, from his Oct. 30, 2018, appearance at Tufts

 

Drawdown Solutions Summary by Rank, (A summary of the 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.)

 

350mass.betterfutureproject.org  (350 Mass Website)

 

www.environmentalleague.org  (Environmental League of Massahusetts)

 

Debunking the Top 10 Climate Change Myths, , Published by Climate Nexus (Mythbusting: an unfortunately necessary part of climate communications.)

 

Videos/Film

Demain [Tomorrow] This film showcases alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level.

 

Legislation

Ex-Lobbyist Reveals How the House Really Works, Phillip Sego, (2018), Commonwealth

 

Green New Deal by Alexandria Cortez, by David Robers, (2019) VOX

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Plan for a Green New Deal (2018) (DRAFT TEXT FOR PROPOSED ADDENDUM TO HOUSE RULES FOR 116TH CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES)

 

Indivisible on Offense: A Practical Guide to the New, Democratic House

 

Malegislature.gov (Official Massachusetts site for pending laws and bills and the budget)

 

Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance

Historical election information, all from Public Document 43)

 

IF YOU WANT TO DEEP-DIVE ON CLIMATE-RELATED OR POLITICAL ISSUES:

 

Books

Designing Climate Solutions, A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Solutions,by Hal Harvey with Robbie Orvis and Jeffrey RIssman (2009) (Discusses how a small set of policy changes can place us on a path to a low-carbon future.)

 

Drawdown, by Paul Hawken and Tom Steyer, (2017) (“The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.”)

 

The Best Technology for Climate Change isn’t a Technology, by Han de Groot, (2018), Scientific American (Article on Reforestation)

 

This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs The Climate, by Naomi Klein (2014) (An “explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.”)

 

Degrowth by Giorgos Kallis, (2018)  (“Advocates a contraction of economies by reducing production and consumption.”) 

 

Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy

By David Fleming, (2016) (“Surviving the Future lays out a compelling and powerfully different new economics for a post-growth world. “)

 

Change Everything: Creating the Economy for the Common Good, by Christian Felber (2015) (Presents an alternative economic model for a viable future)

Prosperity without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow, by Tim Jackson, (2016)

(Presents an alternative to conventional economics, openly questioning the continued pursuit of exponential economic growth.)

 

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Hunanism, and Progress, by Steven Pinker (2018) (“An elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium.”)

Articles Enlightenment Now

 

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution, Peter Kalmus, (2017) (“Being the Change explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament. It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming.“)

 

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, by Naomi Klein, (2017)

 

This Is An Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is shaping the 21st century, by Mark & Paul Engler, (2017) (How an uprising of nonviolent action is shaping public debate and forcing political change.)

 

Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories. Wild Possibilities, By Rebecca Solnit, (2016) (“…she makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable.“)

 

Climate: A New Story, by Charles Eisenstein, (2016) (“Flipping the script on climate change, Eisenstein makes the case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction.”)

 

How Democracies Die, by Steven Livitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (2018) (“Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.”)

 

Web / Articles:

Beneficial Electrification Ensuring Electrification in the Public Interest By David Farnsworth, Jessica Shipley, Jim Lazar, and Nancy Seidman, (2018)

 

What’s After Banning Straws? Going After Rising Plastic Production”, by Steven T. Jones, (2019) The Hill

 

Transition Towns Transition is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.

 

New Report on Green Municipal Aggregation in Massachusetts, Green Energy Consumers Alliance (2018)

 

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

Click here for details.

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