The best books on adaptation to climate change

The Books I Picked & Why

Climate Adaptation: Accounts of Resilience, Self-Sufficiency and Systems Change

By Emily Andrews, Morgan Phillips, Renuka Thakore, Andrew Suggitt

Climate Adaptation: Accounts of Resilience, Self-Sufficiency and Systems Change

Why this book?

This book provides a perfect balance between presenting realism and providing hope for the future. It is a mixture of personal accounts from individuals and communities who have had to face the harsh realities of climate change, as well as accounts from those who have found ways to alter their livelihoods in order to adapt. 


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Great Adaptations

By Morgan Phillips

Great Adaptations

Why this book?

Great Adaptations explores different adaptation strategies explored around the world, analysing which should be supported and which are to be avoided. This book also shows the various approaches between countries and global communities, all of whom face different environmental challenges. This book is written in short chapters, focusing on separate topics, meaning it is a great read to pick up and put down as and when you like. 


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Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm

By Isabella Tree

Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm

Why this book?

This book focuses on the importance of preserving ecosystems and wildlife, which is a form of adaptation that is equally as important as the ‘large-scale’ methods. With a lot of focus being given to carbon emissions, ‘rewilding’ landscapes are often forgotten about, yet this can have huge benefits to individual species and their continuation. Isabella Tree provides an inspiring teaching on how small acts can be carried out by individuals in their local areas. 


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

By Naomi Klein

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

Why this book?

Naomi Klein highlights the role of our economy in determining how we adapt to climate change, exploring some of the deep-rooted problems that we face. Again, this book values the importance of grassroots action when it comes to changing our society, despite governments and large corporations being the cause of the problem.


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This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook

By Extinction Rebellion

This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook

Why this book?

Subtitled An Extinction Rebellion Handbook, this is a fascinating and informative read on how communities can come together to take action. Extinction Rebellion may have sparked controversy, but it is undeniable that their tactics have brought them to the forefront of news channels, ultimately bringing climate change into conversations more than ever before. 


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