The best books on climate change 📚

Browse the best books on climate change as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Depart, Depart!

Depart, Depart!

By Sim Kern

Why this book?

When an unprecedented hurricane devastates the city of Houston, Noah Mishner finds shelter in the Dallas Mavericks’ basketball arena. Though he finds community among other queer refugees, Noah fears his trans and Jewish identities put him at risk with certain “capital-T” Texans. His fears take form when he starts seeing visions of his great-grandfather Abe, who fled Nazi Germany as a boy. As the climate crisis intensifies and conditions in the shelter deteriorate, Abe’s ghost grows more powerful. Ultimately, Noah must decide whether he can trust his ancestor — and what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to survive.

I…

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The best books to inspire action to solve the climate crisis

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Book cover of Waiting for the Night Song

Waiting for the Night Song

By Julie Carrick Dalton

Why this book?

Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface? An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farmworkers and locals.

I love how Carrick-Dalton gives us parallel…

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The best books to inspire action to solve the climate crisis

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Book cover of All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Katharine K. Wilkinson

Why this book?

All We Can Save is a collection of nonfiction essays, art, and poems, by an inspiring group of women at the forefront of the climate movement. While studying global warming, I frequently found myself overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges we collectively face. The best antidote was access to unique and diverse voices that reminded me I wasn’t facing the crisis alone. This anthology is bursting with them. From the life-affirming commitment of an indigenous leader protesting pipelines in Minnesota to the gallows humor of an undercover writer entertaining deliriously optimistic pitches from oceanfront property real estate agents in…

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The best books for getting deep into the climate crisis feels

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Book cover of Our Biggest Experiment: An Epic History of the Climate Crisis

Our Biggest Experiment: An Epic History of the Climate Crisis

By Alice Bell

Why this book?

Alice Bell offers a full history of climate science, from Eunice Newton Foote’s early CO2 experiments in the 1850s, to Thomas Edison, Big Oil, the formation of the IPCC, and beyond. Given such a pressing crisis, we can often get caught up with the here and now – Bell’s book allows us to take a step back and remind ourselves how we got here, and learn the lessons from history. 

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The best books on the climate crisis

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Book cover of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth

Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth

By Margaret Klein Salamon, Molly Gage

Why this book?

I found this book to be an inspiring and practical self-help book for the 21st century, challenging us to overcome denial about the global climate emergency and honor our grief, fear, and anger, so we can better take part in the urgently needed transformation of our society and economy.

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The best books for building resilience in hard times

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Book cover of Our Last Best Act: Planning for the End of Our Lives to Protect the People and Places We Love

Our Last Best Act: Planning for the End of Our Lives to Protect the People and Places We Love

By Mallory McDuff

Why this book?

A meaningful and absolutely pleasurable read that supports a treasured purpose in our complex world and justly speaks to one of the genuine accountabilities of being human: caring for and interring our dead. How do we plan for our final needs after passing and retain climate and community? Mallory faced these problems after her parents died in nearly identical biking mishaps a few years apart. She has inspired me greatly with how she writes about one of my favorite subjects. And how extra enjoyable to have my work attributed a few times throughout her book.

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The best books if you literally want to go green when you die

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