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Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi) Friday: Recommended Reads Week 5

Welcome to week 5 of Cli- Fi Friday Cli-Fi, we are back at it after the Easter break. We hope you enjoyed our last recommendations post. This week we thought you might enjoy some more non-fiction titles.

Looking to dive in? Eight more weeks of Cli- Fi Friday remaining where we will post some new recommendations for you to sink your teeth into. Here are our week 5 suggestions for you.

Title : Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Author : Paul Hawkin

Synopsis: All of the techniques described here – some well-known, some you may have never heard of – are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are already enacting them. From revolutionising how we produce and consume food to educating girls in lower-income countries, these are all solutions which, if deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, could not just slow the earth’s warming, but reach drawdown: the point when greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. So what are we waiting for?

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here or get it now on your BorrowBox

Title : Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Author : Kate Raworth

Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year. And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures.

Can it be fixed? In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En-route, she deconstructs the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick. She reveals how an obsession with equilibrium has left economists helpless when facing the boom and bust of the real-world economy. She highlights the dangers of ignoring the role of energy and nature’s resources – and the far-reaching implications for economic growth when we take them into account. And in the process, she creates a new, cutting-edge economic model that is fit for the 21st century – one in which a doughnut-shaped compass points the way to human progress. Ambitious, radical and rigorously argued, Doughnut Economics promises to reframe and redraw the future of economics for a new generation.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here or get it now on your BorrowBox as an ebook or audiobook.

Title : Silent Spring

Author : Margaret Atwood

Synopsis: Nature-lover and marine biologist, Rachel Carson can be given credit for starting the environmental movement thanks to her book, Silent Spring. Carson’s book led to the ban of DDT, and provided evidence on how big corporations intentionally spread disinformation to further their own agenda, often at the cost of the environment. 50 years on, it is still as relevant today as we have not stopped damaging the environment, and many of the concerns about the fragility of the planet’s biodiversity remain unanswered. Frighteningly, her predictions of the damage caused by chemicals and global warming have also come true.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here .

Title : How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Author : Bill Gates

Synopsis:

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide toward certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. Drawing on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to get new ideas into the market, he describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions, where and how the current technology can be made to function more effectively, where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations. Finally, he lays out a concrete, practical plan for achieving the goal of zero emissions-suggesting not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers, and ourselves accountable in this crucial enterprise.

As Bill Gates makes clear, achieving zero emissions will not be simple or easy to do, but if we follow the plan he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here or get it now on your BorrowBox as an ebook or audiobook.

Title : An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency Og Global Warning & What We Can Do About It.

Author :Al Gore

Synopsis: Despite the worrying increases in temperature, melting ice caps, and their drastic effect on animals, humans and the Earth, some people are still in denial about global warming. In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore combines facts and research to show just how far-reaching global warming is. He says that the time to ignore climate change is over and proves it by using harrowing photos of global warming effects to support his theory. Gore’s book is a wakeup call to make us take global warming seriously.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here

Join us next week for another list of recommended Cli-Fi reads.

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