Climate change is clearly an ongoing catastrophe, instead of a future concern. Read these four books to understand how and why it’s unfolding, and what needs to be done to slow down its deadly charge. By Paridhi Badgotri
The climate crisis is one of the most devastating threats to our only world. With global warming and the Pandora’s box of disasters it has opened, including sea-level rise, a mass extinction event, and drastic weather patterns, our future seems far from bright. Humankind has a lot to do with what’s unfolding: the politics of industry control in developing and developed countries, rampant deforestation in favour of urban development and short-term benefits, greenwashing of efforts, baseless conspiracy theories, exclusion of indigenous communities and women in decision-making.
Read up on the various aspects of planet conservation with these four critical books on climate change. All of them are available at Kunzum stores.
Climate Change Reading List
Climate Justice by Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson’s ground research spanning the globe sheds much-needed light on the link between gender rights and climate change. Robinson’s aim is to establish climate activism that connects the developing nations to rich, industrialised ones, while simultaneously empowering local communities and women.
The Nutmeg’s Curse by Amitav Ghosh
This Amitav Ghosh book argues that the contemporary dynamics of climate change is a result of the geopolitical order devised by Western colonialism and its aggressive exploitation of human life and the environment. Through the history of nutmeg trade, a significant motive behind the establishment of certain colonies, Ghosh pens the story of our environmental catastrophe narrating a parable of conquest and destruction.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Carson’s passionate concern for the future of the natural environment will leave you terrified of what might come. Silent Spring begins with a fable, set in a small town in America, where nature has been compromised by pesticides. A cautionary tale against extensive use of chemicals and the possibility of nuclear fallout, this book is among those volumes that ignited the environmental movement in the late 20th century.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction, Elizabeth Kolbert employs eloquent prose to explore how man-made climate change is leading to the Sixth Mass Extinction, predicted to be the most devastating event since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. Using research from different disciplines, Kolbert draws a compelling picture of the danger that lies in front of us.