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The Climate Reading List

… by 350 Local group leader across the country…

Blog Post #2 is a reading list for climate action, especially for those new to it.  The concept for this was originated by 350 Bay Area Legislative Committee member Katy Gurin.  350 group leaders across the country put in their suggestions. The below list of over 80 entries is the result.  This is also posted to a Google Drive Sheet, where you can leave comments and suggestions.

Notes: The Category column is a loose grouping, as the line between Climate Advocacy and Climate Science is hard to draw. We have included the broader aspect of social transformation under the Category of “Change”.  The Featured * indicates entries highlighted for their notoriety and/or oomph, per the editor. DISCLAIMER: These suggestions were crowdsourced and not vetted or sanctioned by any individual or group. Their utility and resonance will vary by user. We are sure you will find many resources that you can use!

Thanks to the leaders contributing to the list, who include: Jack Lucero Fleck, Christine Gauvreau, Pam Dehmer, Rosemary Dreger Carey, Mimi Bluestone, Molly Ornati, Rich Grant, Sandy Spears, Rosemary Dreger Carey, Chris Tandy, Judy Pope, Mark Schaeffer, S.K. “Sunny” Sun-Downer, David Camp, Patrick Mazza, Elizabeth K Williams, Mary-Alice Shemo, Ginger Storey-Welch, Alec Connon, and Rand Wrobel.

Category Type Featured Item  Comment
Climate Advocacy Article In 2014, Americans Feared Walking Alone at Night. Now They’re Worried about Government Corruption THIS Poll Is VERY Telling… Especially re; “Climate Change=Nuclear War Fear %” ETC..!
Climate Advocacy Articles * Mark Hertsgaard at The Nation A lot of climate and progressive political articles
Climate Advocacy Book * Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything.
Climate Advocacy Book * Anything by or edited by Bill McKibben
Climate Advocacy Book Ian Angus, Too Many People?: Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis
Climate Advocacy Book Ian Angus, Facing the Anthropocene
Climate Advocacy Book Anything by John Bellamy Foster
Climate Advocacy Book * No is not enough  by Naomi Klein
Climate Advocacy Book Climate of Hope  by Bloomberg and Pope
Climate Advocacy Book New Slow City  by William Powers
Climate Advocacy Book The Rights of Nature  by David Boyd
Climate Advocacy Book Hope in the Dark  by Rebecca Solnik
Climate Advocacy Book Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods For parents & educators:
Climate Advocacy Book Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver Fiction
Climate Advocacy Book What We’re Fighting for Now is Eachother — Wen Stephenson
Climate Advocacy Book Don’t Even Think About It — George Marshall
Climate Advocacy Book The Winning of the Carbon War by Jeremy Leggett can be downloaded for free at
Climate Advocacy Book Organizing Cools the Planet by Hilary Moore and Joshua Kahn Russell Booklet PDF on Organizer tools and methods by climate organizer vets
Climate Advocacy Film * Merchants of Doubt  DVD
Climate Advocacy Film * An Inconvenient Truth
Climate Advocacy Film * An Inconvenient Sequel
Climate Advocacy Film Before the Flood
Climate Advocacy Web * Hell and High Water. Joseph Romm
Climate Advocacy Web Any of the White Papers or “Different Takes” found on the website of the feminist climate think tank at Hampshire College
Climate Advocacy Web Any white papers or videos by Trade Unionists for Energy Democracy: 
Climate Advocacy Youth Book Boy Who harnessed the Wind by Wm. Kakambua an excellent read for middle school & up.
Climate Advocacy Youth Book  Ms Frizzle & Co, The Magic Schoolbus and the Climate Challenge. For younger kids (but actually great for any age) check out
Climate News Web Joseph Romm’s blog, Climate Progress, Now ThinkProgress Politics and Climate
Climate News Web Esp. any article by David Roberts at Vox
Climate News Web * A nonprofit news org for people who want a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.
Climate News Web * 1. For a climate news round-up —
Climate News Web * and   For climate science-focused news –
Climate News Web *  For climate science-focused news –
Climate News Web *  For investigative reporting –
Climate News Web * For investigative reporting –
Climate News Web For business/economics-focused news –
Climate Science Book * Hansen, James, Storms of my Grandchildren, Bloomsbury, NY, 2009, A good book on climate science:
Climate Science Book * The Sixth Extinction — Elizabeth Kolbert
Climate Science Book * Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (Lynas)
Climate Science Book * Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Plant (Wagner & Weitzman)
Climate Science Book * Merchants of Doubt (Oreskes & Conway)
Climate Science Book Earth in Human Hands by David Grinspoon.  Highly readable, full of fascinating info. Written by an astrobiologist, so you know he takes the long view as well. Pondering probable evolution of intelligent life in our galaxy ( billions of planets) he turns his eye on the predicament we find ourself in, the fundamental interconnectedness of Earth’s biosphere and geologic evemts.  Wonderful book.
Climate Science Book Deep Future by Dr. Curt Stager, Paul Smiths College.  He is a paleo-climatologist who looks backwards at past epics to make predictions about what’s ahead.  He says we are changing the earth profoundly at a geological level..
Climate Science Book *  Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. By Mark Hertsgaard
Climate Science Film Chasing Coral  on netflix
Climate Science Film * Chasing Ice
Climate Science Film * Merchants of Doubt
Climate Science Film * Years of Living Dangerously (Nat Geo Channel series)
Climate Science Film What’s Up With the Weather? (PBS NOVA & Frontline show)
Climate Science Film Chasing Coral
Climate Science Web The Debunker’s Handbook which is a free download, only six pages of text, specifically targeting climate myths.  An excellent summary is here:
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Climate Science Web * Over 100 climate myths debunked
Climate Science Web
Climate Science Web and politics
Fossil Resistance Book Frackopoly  by Wenonah Hauter
Fossil Resistance Book A Field Philosophers Guide to Fracking” by Adam Briggle. It’s the non-fiction story of how a relatively small town (Denton, TX) stood up to the fossil fuel industry. It’s funny enough to stay interesting, provides a lot of useful tips, and lays out the ethical case for why it’s worth doing. I’ve given several copies of the book away to friends, and also an elected official or two.
Politics Book Richard Smith, Green Capitalism: The God that Failed
Politics Book Paul Burkett,  Toward a Red and Green Political Economy
Politics Book Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams: Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation
Politics Web For tracking Executive and Congressional branch activities –
Politics Web for progressive politics and climate. Anything by Meteor Blades or RL Miller, and these groups: Climate Action Hub, Climate Change SOS, Climate Hawks, DK GreenRoots, EcoJustice
Solutions Articles If one article, the 9/7/2015 New York Magazine’s “This is the year humans finally got serious about saving themselves from themselves” by Jonathan Chait.
Solutions Articles * Anything by Mark Z Jacobson, PhD Stanford Professor:Jacobson has also developed roadmaps to transition the world as a whole,all 50 U.S. states, and 139 countriesto 100% clean, renewable wind, water, and solar (WWS) energy for all energy purposes.
Solutions Book **  Drawdown (ed. Paul Hawken, 2017). If one book, read tbis. What with the pace of climate change as well as the quantity of climate actions and attempts to stop or delay them, books are becoming out-of-date more quickly.
Solutions Web For energy efficiency —
Solutions Web For EV news –
Solutions Web For grid news —
Solutions Web  renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles
Solutions Web renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles
Change Book This is An Uprising by Mark and Paul Engler  (if you only go for one from this list, I would go for this.)
Change Book Strategy and Soul by Daniel Hunter
Change Book Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
Change Book Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Boyd
Change Book Blueprint for Revolution by Srdja Popovic
Change Book Doing Democracy by Bill Moyer
Change Book anything by Gene Sharp and Francis Fox Piven are important for understanding how power works.
Change Book Re-inventing Organizations maybe not for newbie volunteers but for those of y’all figuring out your organizational structures — is a really great read..
Change Youth Book The Lorax  – Dr. Seuss The list wouldn’t be complete without Dre. Seuss.  is the source of the so-apropos quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better, it’s not”.