Short Reading List for Climate Change/Climate Anxiety

My NOTE: In preparation for Earth Day, Every Day this month I have been reading and reviewing books on climate change and climate anxiety. I am still reading, so the books with the asterick * are already posted and you need only to type the title into the SEARCH box on my Hope Page.

The other books I am in the process of reading or will be soon and will post the review in the next couple of months. I have added a quote or note from the back of the book or from inside the cover or the text itself. Most of the prices are for softcover and may vary depending on where you buy & whether it is new, used, e-book, hardcover, etc.

*Davies, Kate, M.A. D. Phil. Intrinsic Hope. living courageously in tough times. New Society Publishers ((, 2018, $18.99.

“If you feel despair for our endangered world, read this remarkable book and then act. ” Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., author, Soulcraft and Wild Mind.


*Fonda, Jane. What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action.
Penguin Press, 2020, $30.00.

“Change is inevitable; by design or by disaster.” Annie Leonard, Exec. Dir. of Greenpeace, who sponsors Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Fridays.


*Gerson, David. Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds. Self-Published by the Empowerment. Inst., PO Box 428, Woodstock, NY 12498, $12.95.

This is a 30-day practical guide on how you can make a difference for climate change. It is an 8 1/2 ” x 11″ workbook. Easy to follow.(es)


Kalmus, Peter. Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution. New Society Publishers (, 2017, $21.99.
(I am 3/4 of the way through this and will review soon. es)

“A powerful reminder that it is possible –and joyful–to move away from fossil fuel, even in a society still in the throes of addiction.” Bill McKibben, author, Earth:Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

Kaza, Stephanie. GREEN BUDDISM: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times. $18.95.

“An exquisite and prophetic book, where mind, heart, and body embrace the mystery of the natural world.” — Joan Halifax, author.


Klein, Naomi. ON FIRE: The (Burning) Case for a GREEN NEW DEAL. Simon & Schuster, 2019 (Paperback): $16.99

“Naomi Klein’s work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations.” —Greta Thunberg, climate activist (from Simon & Schuster website)


Lerner, Michael (Rabbi): Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World. The S. Mark Taper Foundation, 2019, $24.95 hardback.

“Revolutionary Love opens our minds and hearts to a fully human way of
Living and governing.” (Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist, and author of My Life on the Road.)


McGibbon, Bill. Falter (same author quoted above) Holt Paperbacks (

“A Love Letter, a plea, a eulogy, and a prayer….Wise and warning, with everything on the line…” (Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and On Fire.)


Reisman, David  + Heather: Imagine it! a handbook for a happier planet.  Rodale Press, 2020, $19.99.

One question from back of book: “Do you want to ensure our planet is protected for future generations?”


*Shugarman, Harriet. How to Talk to Your Kids about Climate Change. New Society Publishers ( 2020, $17.99

“All the tools we need to arm ourselves and our children who are literally facing the fight for their future.” Linus Roach, Golden-Globe- nominated actor and activist.


How to Eat Right & Save the Planet costs $16.95 and is available as a paperback book, published by SQUARE ONE PUBLISHERS:

“After all, if we don’t take care of our body and the planet, where are we going to live?”


* Thunberg Family (Greta, her mom and day and sister) Our Home is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis.

“To maintain a safe and sustainable climate the concentration of CO2 should not exceed 350parts per million, according to leading researchers. At th present time we have already passed 415 ppm and within ten or twelve years we’re expected to reach 440 ppm.” (A scary, calculated prediction! es)


P.S. All of New Society Publishers books are about “building an ecologically sustainable and just society,” so I read many books from this savvy publisher.






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