I love reading nonfiction but it tends to be much more dangerous than fiction because it adds so many books to my TBR list. Sure, fiction can add books but for me it tends to be a slow burn. Nonfiction on the other hand provides lists as part of the book, bibliographies, further reading, footnotes, endnotes, these cannot be escaped unless you refuse to look at them. If you can, you have more willpower than I do!
After I finished reading This Changes Everything I combed the endnotes in which I had already placed a few markers due to mentions in the text. I thought I’d share the list of things I gleaned from the endnotes that some of you might also find interesting.
- Engaging with Climate Change by Sally Weintrobe, ed. Takes a psychoanalytic perspective in exploring what climate change means to people.
- The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science — and Reality by Chris Mooney. From the book description: “Science writer Chris Mooney explores brain scans, polls, and psychology experiments to explain why conservatives today believe more wrong things; appear more likely than Democrats to oppose new ideas and less likely to change their beliefs in the face of new facts; and sometimes respond to compelling evidence by doubling down on their current beliefs.”
- Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti. Examines the unrest and violence caused by extreme weather and discusses how sustainable living could solve a lot of problems.
- Solving the Climate Crisis Through Social Change by Gar Lipow. Argues that climate change is a side effect of inequality and injustice and suggests that if we solve those problems we will go a long way toward solving the climate change problem too.
- Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing by Stan Cox. An examination of how we share our planet’s resources that ultimately asks, “can we limit consumption while assuring everyone a fair share?”
- The Bridge at the End of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth. The “environmental community has grown in strength and sophistication, but the environment has continued to decline.” So what’s up with that?
- Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier. Examines the idea and history of the commons and argues that a return to a commons mindset and way of life will inspire fairness and cooperation.
- Ecology and Power: Struggles Over Land and Material Resources in the Past, Present, and Future by Alf Hornborg. Informed by the notion of political ecology, the book examines the roles of power and inequalities in shaping land use and resource management.
- Climate Change and the Media by Tammy Boyce and Justin Lewis. Addresses the role of the media in our understanding of climate change
- Hack the Planet: Science’s Best Hope — or Worst Nightmare — for Averting Climate Catastrophe by Eli Kintisch. Examines a variety of ideas for technological and geoengineering fixes for climate change.
- The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays by Wendell Berry. Essays on a variety of topics “motivated by fear of our violence to one another and to the world, and my hope that we might do better.”
- Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor by Rob Nixon. Examines the slow violence caused by climate change, oil spills, toxic drift, deforestation and the environmental aftermath of war.
- The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans by Mark Lynas. Looks at ways we can save the planet from ourselves.
- Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture by Wes Jackson. Discusses our food systems and the changes that need to be made in how food is grown and sold.
- Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life by Kari Marie Norgaard. Examines why people who know about climate change fail to take action.
- It All Turns on Affection The 2012 Jefferson Lecture by Wendell Berry that you can read online. Discusses how love of place can make all the difference.
Who knows if I will ever come close to reading all of these but they all look pretty interesting!