She looks up from the dinner table, starring me straight in the eyes, passionately to remark, "My generation is going to pay for the mistakes made by yours!" Sadly I know that my sixteen-year old daughter not only feels the gravity of the situation, but she is right. With champions like Greta Thunberg, voted Time 2019 Person of the Year, Generation Z is stepping up and beyond -- putting our past decades of poor concern for the environment to utter shame. Controversial family discussion ensues, though we all welcome the end of the plastic bag come March 1st in the state of New York -- and are delighted to learn of a cool school project that involves recycling hundreds of plastic bags to weave blankets for the New York City homeless. We realize that waste reduction is just one small part of a sound and healthy environment, and we can move small and big mountains to make a difference.
Eleven thousand scientists from 153 nations recently endorsed a major statement on the ill health of our planet which was published on the 40th anniversary of the first world climate conference, and in the journal BioScience. We are urged: unless there are major changes to global society, we face a climate emergency that threatens not only our natural ecosystems, but our humanity.
Climate SOS shares our desire to understand the magnitude of the problem, with a call to educators, citizens, and policy makers. Critical issues include energy consumption, population stabilization, nature conservation, diet, and world GDP growth.
The following books are currently on display and may be checked out for two weeks at a time.
Berners-Lee, Mike. There Is No Plan(et) B: A Handbook For the Make or Break Years. Cambridge; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, [2019. ]Cafe TJ163.2 .B4745 2019
Childs, Craig, Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Future of the Earth. New York: Vintage Books, 2013. Cafe QB631.2 .C48 2013
Dawson, Ashely. Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change. Cafe QH541.5.C6 D38 2017
Eisenstein, Charles. Climate - A New Story. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, . Cafe GE195 .E39 2018
Emanuel, Kerry. What We Know About Climate Change. Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, . Cafe QC903 .E43 2018
Emmott, Stephen. Ten Billion. New York : Vintage Books, A Division of Random House, Inc. , . Cafe HB849.415 .E47 2013
Jordan, Larry. The Green New Deal: Why We Need It And Can't Live Without It - And No, It's Not Socialism! Page Turner Books International, LLC (May 12, 2019). Cafe TBA
Klein, Naomi. On Fire: The Burning Case for a New Green Deal. New York: Simon & Schuster, [2019. ]Cafe GE220 .K54 2019.
Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015. Cafe HC79.E5 K56 2015
O'Neill, Katie. Aquicorn Cove. Portland, OR : Oni Press, an Oni Press Publication, 2018. Cafe PZ7.7.O54 Aqu 2018
Owen, David. Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability. New York : Riverhead Books, 2010, 2009. Cafe GF504.N7 O95 2010.
Rich, Nathaniel. Losing Earth: A Recent History. New York: MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, . Cafe QC981.8.G56 R53 2019
Thunberg, Greta. No One Is Too Small To Make a Difference. New York: Penguin Books, 2019. Cafe GE195.7 .T58 2019.
Wallace-Wells, David. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. New York: Tim Duggan Books, . Cafe GF75 .W36 2019
Weisman, Alex. The World Without Us. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007 Cafe GF75 .W455 2007
At the Everett News Cafe, you'll find a new book collection every few weeks that relates to current affairs, education, or learning environments.