Stay connected to the climate crisis.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
This nonfiction book is known for sparking the environmentalist movement. Rachel Carson reveals for the first time that pesticides harm nature and humans. Click here for a description of Carson and the book.
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
A Pulitzer Prize winner, this nonfiction book follows the five mass extinctions this far on earth. We are now in the sixth, and it is unlike any other before. One species has caused it: humans. Click here for a look at a summary of the book.
Contamination: My Quest to Survive in a Toxic World by McKay Jenkins
After a cancer scare, Jenkins sets out on a quest to find toxic chemicals in his life. The answer is they are everywhere. From our bodies to stores to organic farms in pristine areas of the northeast, chemicals have made their way into all parts of ecology. Shouldn’t we know more about products in our own homes? To read Jenkins’ website and book description click here.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
This fiction series follows a young girl in an apocalyptic 2020. The climate crisis has changed society’s focuses on water shortages, gun violence, and inequality. The narrator Lauren creates a religion and tries to survive in any way she can. Butler’s website provides a summary.
This essay predicts three futures for humanity. It focuses on environmental issues that threaten the planet’s ecosystem. Atwood portrays the climate crisis with real-world photographs and evidence. Click here to read the article.
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco
This nonfiction book with illustrations explores different areas of the country impacted by environmental injustice. Written by journalists, each chapter dives into real-life people affected by environmental degradation. Click here to read a summary.
MOVIE & VIDEOS
BEFORE THE FLOOD
ICE ON FIRE
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ON THE IMPORTANT THINGS
KISS THE GROUND
Join Facebook groups in your community or online. Meet other environmentalists, stay up to date on local issues, and get involved.
Leverage your power
Don’t argue with non-believers. Try to find common ground and subjects they are interested in to focus back to the climate crisis.
Environmental Town Council
Research if your town has an environmental council or group. If they don’t, propose starting one to weigh in on local issues.
Write to local leaders of your town, country, state, or even companies. Let them know you care about these issues and you see their actions.
Find your medium and use your voice
Do what you do best! And make it Climate Crisis focused. Whether that’s art, reading, podcasts, graphic design, photography and so many more.