COP27 – Our Last Chance to Mitigate Global Warming
COP27 - Conference of Parties - is being held in the green city of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from Sunday 6th November – Friday 18th November, and will be the 30th anniversary of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is a crucial summit. It is our last best chance to limit global warming. During the last thirty years, many scientists have alerted us to its devastating effects, and we now need to act.
Our planet is in crisis, and Gloucestershire Libraries is encouraging its residents to live a low carbon lifestyle to help mitigate climate change. Every County Council library has a Greener Together collection of books which provide information about reducing our carbon footprint, ranging from growing our own vegetables; upcycling and recycling, to reducing food waste and repairing equipment instead of throwing it away. It is all about raising awareness and how we can all make a difference. Small steps; big impact!
For those who would like to know more about the science of climate change, here are a couple of suggestions:
Firmament: the hidden science of weather, climate change and the air that surrounds us by Simon Clark. A highly readable introduction.
A natural history of the future: what the laws of biology tell us about the destiny of the human species by Rob R Dunn. A biologist’s insight into the importance of biodiversity.
We are making scientific inroads. We need to harness new technologies, and act on a global scale:
Go Big: how to fix our world by Ed Miliband. A positive message: we have the technologies; we can mitigate climate change!
Earthshot: how to save our planet by Colin Butfield. Urgency + Optimism = Action. Showcases transformative projects; the world’s best solutions and one shared goal.
We’ve witnessed the hotter summers and warmer winters, but what’s happening elsewhere?
A bigger picture: my fight to bring a new African voice to the climate crisis by Vanessa Nakete. The continent of Africa is seeing the of the ravages rendered by global warming, and Vanessa Nakete is witnessing this first hand.
Ice: tales from a disappearing world by M Tedesco. A polar scientist depicts the fragile, disappearing world that is Greenland. An essential read.
A message of hope from a legendary conservationist:
The Book of Hope: a survival guide for an endangered planet by Jane Goodall. ‘A true hero’ Greta Thunberg.
Some sound advice from an iconic activist:
The climate book by Greta Thunberg. This book is superb at explaining the urgency and importance of preventing climate change... its writers weave messages with skill and beauty... this is a campaigning book of course, but much more than that. Gaia Vince.
And lastly, a final witness statement and vision for the future from a much loved, award-winning broadcaster, biologist and natural historian:
I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet contains my witness statement, and my vision for the future - the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake, and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. Sir David Attenborough.
You can select any of these books from your local library. There is no charge. Sharing books helps to save the planet. Borrow Not Buy.