Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. If you’ve finally decided that it’s time to read a book about climate change, The New York Times has some suggestions in the following categories:
- I don’t even know where to start.
- I just want to understand how we got here.
- I’m ready for the hard truth. Don’t sugar-coat it.
- Who saw this coming?
- I’m fascinated by how people behave when things get bad.
- Did we learn anything from Hurricane Katrina?
- I live on the coast. How scared should I be?
- New York is the center of my universe.
- What’s happening to the Great Lakes?
- I know it’s all politics. So who’s to blame?
- Someone must be profiting from climate change. Where’s the money?
- I’d like a novel that taps into my current, IRL dread.
- What are some future scenarios?
- I’m a dystopian. Prepare me for the worst.
- I need help arguing with my denialist uncle.
- I’m just an old-fashioned tree-hugger.
- What about the animals?
- I only have time for one canonical read.
- What will inspire the climate activist of the future?
- What will our grandchildren think of us?
- What I can do right now?
And here are some more reading suggestions: 9 Nonfiction Books About Nature and Climate Change.
If you’d like to learn about the history of Earth Day, here you go: 10 Fascinating Facts About Earth Day.
© 2020 by Mary Daniels Brown