May I recommend a few good books that I have had the pleasure of reading.
Firstly, a gripping book by Clive Hamilton, “Requiem For A Species, Why We Resist The Truth About Climate Change.” I read it in about three days on the train to and from work. It had the same type of influence upon me as did his previous book “Affluenza“. Thought provoking, insightful, truthful, occasionally depressing, and scary. Here is an excerpt from the preface (hope he doesn’t mind);
“Sometimes facing up to the truth is just too hard. When the facts
are distressing it is easier to reframe or ignore them. Around the
world only a few have truly faced up to the facts about global
warming. Apart from the climate ‘sceptics’, most people do not
disbelieve what the climate scientists have been saying about the
calamities expected to befall us. But accepting intellectually is not
the same as accepting emotionally the possibility that the world
as we know it is heading for a horrible end. It’s the same with
our own deaths; we all ‘accept’ that we will die, but it is only
when death is imminent that we confront the true meaning of
I read it because I wanted to understand why change is not happening, when we damn well know that we only have a few years to start reducing carbon emissions to avoid runaway climate change. Know I have a better understanding of the barriers we all put up to resist the changes that are necessary to take the appropriate action. The Requiem is not for all the other species we are killing in the 6th mass extinction, it plays for us, the human race. All I can say is have a read. Highly recommended.
The second book is by Gwynne Dyer, “Climate Wars”. The book is written in a style of part factual, and part scenario. The interviews throughout the book were personally performed by Gwynne with experts in the relevant fields. It paints a terrifying glimpse of the not too future, where world leaders may be forced into conflict due to resource scarcity and the effects of catastrophic climate change. A sobering premise, that followed on well from Requiem. We have already seen conflict over resources over the last 20 years in the form of the first oil wars, but are yet to see much that is climate related, but I stand corrected if anyone cares to highlight one.
Here is a quick review of Climate Wars by Amory Lovins;
“Anyone still complacent about climate change will find Climate Wars instructive and disturbing. These articulate insights into climate geopolitics by Gwynne Dyer are an important tool for understanding why the climate challenge is big, hard, and vital to human survival — yet soluble if we pay attention now.” –Amory B. Lovins, Time magazine’s Hero of the Environment, author of Capitalism as if the World Matters, and Chairman & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
The scariest conflict scenario in Climate Wars that I have read so far, was the full blown nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan over water scarcity in the headwaters of the Indus River. It certainly sounded possible to this reader. Overpopulation and lack of potable water could definitely lead to tension between any countries that share rivers and lakes. Sobering to say the least, but researched well. I am only three quarters through this book, but cannot put it down.
The third and final read is not really a book, but a catalogue. Eden Seeds to be exact. After all that doom and gloom, I needed a spiritual uplift, so I have taken to the seed catalogue in preparation for my spring planting. I am hoping to try out a few new varieties this year, just for a change.
Come what may, as predicted in the first two books, I still hold hope that somehow we will get out of this mess, and I will continue to work with nature to provide my own food. If anything, call it my own little bit of self inspiration! My edible garden give me joy in an otherwise frightening world.