Wednesday Wisdom: Books to read on environment and climate change

Wednesday Wisdom

This week we got together a Cop26-inspired reading list of books to make you able to see through the natural disaster that is happening. Also, you will find these books inspiring yet find hope in the intelligence of humanity and the resilience of our natural world.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates ****

The book is by Bill Gates about his plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe. Bill Gates has been working and investigating the causes and effects of climate change for a long time. By the time he came up with solutions focused on what must be done to stop the process of certain environmental disasters. He claims apart from Government made policy, all people as individuals should be held accountable and act accordingly. 

The Nutmeg’s Curse’ by Amitav Ghosh ***

Amitav Ghosh is widely credited for kick-starting the literary response to the climate crisis with his groundbreaking two books to coincide with Cop26. ‘The Nutmeg’s Curse’ is entirely about the Planet in Crisis, where Ghosh travels back to the 17th century explaining the roots of climate emergency in rapacious colonialism. Ghosh frames the historical stories in a way that connects with the deep inequality we see around us today.

‘Jungle Nama’ by Amitav Ghosh ***

We can say ‘Jungle Nama’is a lovely elaboration and explain the famous Bengali poem set in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. The book is an urge for all humanity to consider balancing the needs of humans and nature. The Cop26 delegates should all be given a copy of this one to readout. Amitav’s insights and optimism may call for action and result in something good.