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Aspen Ideas Climate 2023: What We're Reading

Thinking about climate change can be overwhelming — a messy tangle of causes and effects, manifestations and consequences, what-ifs and could-have-beens. There are endless ways to approach it, resulting in a body of literature as broad and deep as the issue itself. We’ve put together a list of what we’re reading on climate, including some books by Aspen Ideas: Climate 2023 speakers! From climate fiction and intersectional environmentalism to economic theory and climate case studies, we hope you’ll find this list informative and inspiring.

  • March 1st 2023

Affluence and Freedom: An Environmental History of Political Ideas

Pierre Charbonnier

Afterglow: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors

Edited by Grist

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

Edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Robin Wall Kimmerer 

The Carbon Almanac

Foreword by Seth Godin

Carbon Captured: How Business and Labor Control Climate Politics

Matto Mildenberger

Charleston: Race, Water, and the Coming Storm

Susan Crawford         

The Climate Book: The Facts and the Solutions

Greta Thunberg

Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

Bren Smith     

The Energy Switch: How Companies and Customers Are Transforming the Electrical Grid and the Future of Power

Peter Kelly-Ditwiler

Everything All At Once: How to Think Like a Science Guy, Solve Any Problem, and Make a Better World

Bill Nye

The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman

Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert 

Fen, Bog, and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis

Annie Proulx  

Fire and Flood: A People's History of Climate Change, from 1979 to the Present

Eugene Linden

The Florida Project

Morayo Faleyimu          

Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science

Jessica Hernandez    

The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration

Jake Bittle      

GreenFaith: Mobilizing God's People to Protect the Planet

Fletcher Harper          

Hot Air: The Inside Story of the Battle Against Climate Change Denial

Peter Stott      

Hothouse Earth: An Inhabitant's Guide

Bill McGuire   

How the World Really Works: A Scientist’s Guide to Our Past, Present, and Future

Vaclav Smil

An Inconvenient Apocalypse: Environmental Collapse, Climate Crisis, and the Fate of Humanity

Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen     

The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet

Leah Thomas 

Is Science Enough?

Aviva Chomsky 

I Want a Better Catastrophe: Navigating the Climate Crisis with Grief, Hope, and Gallows Humor

Andrew Boyd 

Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West

Gary Ferguson           

The Light Pirate

Lily Brooks-Dalton      

Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America

Katie Worth

Moving to Higher Ground: Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward

John Englander         

The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

Daniel Yergin 

The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier

Ian Urbina      

The Overstory

Richard Powers

The Physics of Climate Change

Lawrence M. Krauss  

The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path

Tommy Caldwell

The Pyrocene: How We Created an Age of Fire, and What Happens Next

Stephen Pyne

Regenisis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet

George Monbiot

The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong

Judith Rodin

Rewilding: The Radical New Science of Ecological Recovery

Paul Jepson and Cain Blythe

The Rise of Ecofascism: Climate Change and the Far Right

Sam Moore and Alex Roberts           

The Road to Zero: Colombia’s Strategy for Carbon Neutrality

Iván Duque

Saving the Planet Without the Bullshit: What They Don't Tell You About the Climate Crisis

Assaad Razzouk        

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World

Katharine Hayhoe      

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Catherine Coleman Flowers  

The World As We Knew It: Dispatches From a Changing Climate

Edited by Amy Brady and Tajja Isen 

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