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10 Books for the April 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge

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The April 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt is…

Even though you might not like to think about it (I sure don’t), the climate is changing, and not for the better. I’ve assembled 8 nonfiction books on the changing climate, and 2 Nebula-nominated cli-fi books in this month’s #WotNReadingChallenge list. It’s always better to be informed than not, even if it gives you existential depression. Happy Earth Day month!

10 Books About the Climate for Your #WotNReadingChallenge

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
(first published September 27th 1962)

Rachel Carson is one of the first modern environmentalists. Her landmark work changed the world, making people more aware of the world around them. Although this book was written before most people realized the entire climate was changing, she showed that people have a distinct and occasionally detrimental effect on the environment.

The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh
The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh
(first published July 12th 2016)

Novelist Ghosh ruminates on the inability of the populace at large to acknowledge that the climate is changing. His ruminations wander through his experience of past disasters, the lack of realistic cli-fi, and whether colonization actually slowed the warming of the planet.

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
(first published September 16th 2014)

Naomi Klein discusses how big business has inhibited efforts to save the planet. Even though two economists just won the Nobel Prize for proposing ways businesses can lower their carbon footprint, Klein believes businesses will never act to save the planet. However, Klein is optimistic about how activists can change the world, so it’s not all bad news.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
(first published 2006)

Originally a series of articles for the New Yorker, Kolbert writes about the world’s decay due to global warming. Her writing is both beautiful and easy to understand, making this a good introductory text for people just learning about the issue (though I suppose that would make them today’s unlucky 10,000).

Enviromedics by Jay Lemery and Paul Auerbach

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - Enviromedics by Jay Lemery and Paul Auerbach
Enviromedics by Jay Lemery and Paul Auerbach
(published October 20th 2017)

The changing climate won’t just affect the health of polar bears and ocean creatures. These two doctors surveyed the various ways the changing climate could affect human health, from extreme weather to losing the organisms that create our medicine.

Don’t Even Think About It by George Marshall

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - Don't Even Think About It by George Marshall
Don’t Even Think About It by George Marshall
(Published August 19th 2014)

Instead of focusing on how the world is changing, Marshall focuses on why the social climate isn’t. Even though scientists have known that the climate is changing for decades, there hasn’t been serious public pressure to do something about it. Although this has changed somewhat since 2014, the psychology of the culture’s denial is the key to combating that denial.

Blackfish City by Sam J Miller

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
(Published April 17th 2018)

After New York City drowns, after the United States erode, a city exists in the Arctic Circle called Qaanaaq. One day, a woman shows up with an orca and polar bear. That one event upends the lives of Qaanaaq’s citizens forever.

Lyme by Mary Beth Pfeiffer

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - Lyme by Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Lyme by Mary Beth Pfeiffer
(Published April 17th 2018)

Unlike Lemery and Auerbach, Pfeiffer chooses to focus on one particular climate change-affected malady: the new prevalence of ticks. Pfeiffer also takes the controversial view that traditional medicine is not treating the Lyme-afflicted well. Given that argument, she worries that the medical community won’t adapt in time to prevent future issues.

The Archipelago of Hope by Gleb Raygorodetsky

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - The Archipelago of Hope by Gleb Raygorodetsky
The Archipelago of Hope by Gleb Raygorodetsky
(Published November 7th 2017)

The effects of climate change are often discussed on the national and global level, leaving little room for smaller groups. However, indigenous people have been connected to the land since their cultures formed. Raygorodetsky traveled around the world, asking various indigenous groups what they intended to do as their land rapidly changes.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

#WotNReadingChallenge April 2019 - Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
(Published June 26th 2018)

In the Sixth World, after the ocean has destroyed a lot of the continental United States, Dinétah (the Navajo Reservation) has gained social influence. However, monsters now walk the Earth. Maggie Hoskie is a troubled monster hunter with unfinished business taking clients in this world.

What are you going to read this month for the #WotNReadingChallenge? Do you have other climate book recommendations? Talk about it with us in the comments and on social media!


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