The Climate Action Team has amassed a wide variety of books – paperback and hardback, technical and poetic, philosophical and practical – that we are eager to share with all who are hungry to learn more about the trajectory of our earth, what is still possible, and the practicalities of what we can do. 

In the spirit of the new year and resolutions, you can make changes to have a positive impact. Here is a sampling of Goodreads synopses from the CAT’s lending library offerings. Keep in mind that these are just a few of our 120+ titles that offer concrete practices to incorporate as an individual or as a community. Check out the full list here

According to Goodreads, Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens by Bill Tallamy provides a roadmap for each of us to support biodiversity. “As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity… Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and the new paperback edition – with an expanded resource section and updated photos – will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy’s practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.”

In Building a Better World in Your Backyard – Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys, authors Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koop provide practical solutions with a little tongue in cheek sass. They invite us to “make a huge, positive, global difference from your own home! Prioritize comfort over sacrifice while saving thousands of dollars. Explore dozens of solutions and their impacts on carbon footprint, petroleum footprint, toxic footprint, and other environmental issues… Join Paul and Shawn on a journey featuring simple alternatives that you may have never heard of –  alternatives which are about building a more symbiotic relationship with nature so we can all be even lazier.”

Paul Hawken provides well-researched and expansive solutions in both Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming and Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation. He reminds us that the “solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being – giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.”

If you are like a lot of us, you recognize that the changes have already begun and we are on a path that will change our earth and the way that humans exist in relation with her. If this is where you find yourself, then we might recommend How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos, in which David Pogue “offers sensible, deeply researched advice for how the rest of us should start to ready ourselves for the years ahead. Pogue walks readers through what to grow, what to eat, how to build, how to insure, where to invest, how to prepare your children and pets, and even where to consider relocating when the time comes. (Two areas of the country, in particular, have the requisite cool temperatures, good hospitals, reliable access to water, and resilient infrastructure to serve as climate havens in the years ahead.) He also provides wise tips for managing your anxiety, as well as action plans for riding out every climate catastrophe, from superstorms and wildfires to ticks and epidemics.”

No matter where you find yourself on this learning journey, the CAT lending library more than likely has a book that can meet your curiosities and desire to make impactful changes. If you see an offering that piques your interest, reach out to co-leaders Nicole Haines or Jon Reese, and we’ll connect you with the lender so you can continue on your climate action journey.

Happy (and helpful) reading!

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JOURNEY WITH US: The Climate Action Team is for you. Yes, you. Because you want to act on your love for the planet and because you need caring companions as you navigate these changing times. Learn all about the group here, and check out our lending library and Carbon Offset Fund. You can also request to join the Climate Action Team on Realm. Contact Jon Reese to connect to the CAT and join us for our in-person mini-retreat on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 3 PM in the UUCA sanctuary.