In honor of Earth Day, we collected some books about climate change, apocalypse, and saving the world.
Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling
In a near future that is deep into environmental decline, an architect in remote northern Canada is breaking ground in a settlement, hoping to begin a new way of life. From there spirals an epic story about multiple characters struggling for survival and community. If you were a fan of The Power or Station Eleven, give this one a look.
Afterglow: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors edited by Grist
Daring to imagine a just and hopeful future is a radical act. In this collection of stories, diverse writers imagine the possibility that in the next 180 years we work together, make positive global changes, and survive. If you’re interested in solarpunk, hopepunk, or Afrofuturism, you’ll find something in here for you.
The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg
Climate activist and professional misogynist stomper Greta Thunberg gathers over 100 of the world's greatest minds on the climate crisis, from geophysicists, to economists, to indigenous leaders, to give us the knowledge we need to confront climate change.
The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration by Jake Bittle
We tend to imagine the future consequences of climate change but in fact the climate crisis is changing the shape of this country already. Fires, flood zones, and dried up crop fields are already displacing people. This book shines a light on the ways we already see the effects of climate change and looks toward the horizon at what comes next.
Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua
As dire as the news about climate change is, assuming it’s too late to make any difference is a great way to make sure we see the worst possible climate outcome. This essay collection brings together a diverse group of climate experts to share knowledge, encourage engagement, and beat back our sense of doom.
The Earth Transformed: An Untold History by Peter Frankopan
This book argues that the climate has always changed the course of human history, citing volcanic eruptions, crop failures, and solar flares as active influences over the rise and fall of civilizations across time. As we face the reality of climate change and the way it will change the world we share, this book reframes the way we imagine both the past and our future.
Consumed by Aja Barber
Consumption on an individual level is not the leading cause of climate change, but there is no denying that we love to consume stuff. This book examines the intersections between fashion, social justice, and climate change, and asks us to be aware of the ways our buying habits affect people and the planet.
Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science by Jessica Hernandez
Jessica Hernandez is an Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate who in this book proposes a model of land stewardship that breaks free of the colonial influences that have pushed us towards climate collapse.
Climate Change Is Racist by Jeremy Williams
This book examines who is going to be most affected as climate collapse continues, as well as who is most culpable in causing this damage, both directly and indirectly. It’s an eye opening book about where white supremacy and climate crisis overlap.