Category: Books

New book celebrates Illinois couple’s turning back time in their own backyard

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Wildflowers peek their heads through the grass. An eastern tailed-blue butterfly flits among the tall, swaying blades as a red-winged blackbird flies overhead. When Fred Delcomyn looks outside, this is what he might see.

In 2001, when he and his wife, Nancy, moved to their home outside of Urbana, Illinois, it looked a lot different…

They’re also co-authors of the new book, “A Backyard Prairie. The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers.”

How to talk about climate change across the political divide

Read the full story in the New Yorker.

Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and evangelical Christian, has written a book that lays out strategies for discussing the climate crisis in a divided country.

Penguin Classics launches ‘new canon’ of environmental literature

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Imprint’s Green Ideas series begins with 20 short books by writers from Rachel Carson to Greta Thunberg it believes are ‘the classics that made a movement.’

A farmer offers a stark time-lapse portrait of his family’s land over a lifetime

Read the full review from NPR.

James Rebanks is a farmer who shepherds sheep into pastures and words into books. He has a gift for capturing both the allure of his beautiful surroundings and his difficult work, and for articulating the complex, worrisome issues facing farmers today.

Pastoral Songlike his first bestselling memoir, The Shepherd’s Life, enchants with lush descriptions of England’s Lake District and Cumbrian hills, where Rebanks’ family has worked the land for 600 years. But it is more than a paean to fells (hills), becks (streams), and flocks. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s Silent SpringRebanks’ new book urgently conveys how the drive for cheap, mass-produced food has impoverished both small farmers and the soil, threatening humanity’s future.

These paintings show the harrowing data behind climate change

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The Atlas of Disappearing Places maps out climate impacts around the globe.

What will it take for brands to design products that aren’t disposable?

Read the full story at Fast Company.

The new book Meaningful Stuff: Design That Lasts examines how product design can move from planned obsolescence to a new model of repair, reuse, and longevity.

Beyond ‘Dune’: Let’s talk about science fiction and fantasy novels about ecology and climate change

Read the full story in the Washington Post. See also what WaPo readers recommend.

For decades, science fiction writers have been drawn to the subject of ecology: the study of the interconnection between living beings and their environment. The T. rex of them all is of course “Dune.” Frank Herbert’s 1965 classic is epic in scope, yet intimately concerned with the compelling if imaginary ecology of the desert planet Arrakis. Several more novels followed, but “Dune” stands apart, an enduring classic of 20th century science fiction.

More recently, authors like Kim Stanley Robinson and Jeff VanderMeer have explored environmental matters gone wildly awry. VanderMeer’s “Area X” trilogy has been a runaway bestseller. Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars” trilogy is considered a cornerstone of modern science fiction, tracing the terraforming of Mars over centuries. In novels like “Forty Signs of Rain,” he tackled Earth’s own environment with great passion. Matt Bell’s “Appleseed” continues that tradition with a take on climate change over the next millennium. So, what other science fiction and speculative novels — old and new — have caught our attention?

The writer sharing the untold stories of female climate activists

Read the full story at Narratively.

Narratively contributor Jill L. Ferguson on her latest collaborative book, which covers Australian women’s role in the environmental movement.

What would happen if the world stopped shopping?

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Fast fashion is destructive and exploitative—and yet millions of people rely on it for work. In a new book, J.B. MacKinnon explores these complexities.

A Cli-Fi Book Club for College Educators and Sustainability Advocates

This short course in climate fiction (“Cli-Fi”) is the ultimate academic book club for anyone in the higher education sustainability community! Are you a non-literary type who has never attended a book club? Or a bookworm who is obsessed with Cli-Fi? Somewhere in between? Everyone is welcome!

Books stacked up behind an open laptop

The interdisciplinary short course in literary fiction will take place over 6 monthly meetings. We will begin with an overview of the emergent genre of Cli-Fi and a curated book list of “teachable” novels organized by theme. Selected novels integrate science, economics, engineering, and psychology into humanities, communication, and storytelling to imagine a new future. 

Participants will: 

  • Gain an understanding of the genres of climate fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction; 
  • Learn speed reading techniques and how to create time to read more;  
  • Practice discussion techniques with other sustainability champions; 
  • Engage with faculty from a variety of disciplines including science, humanities, and social sciences;
  • Integrate imagination and the envisioning of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Key Details

  • Event Date & Time: Course participants will meet virtually on the first Thursday of the month from 2:45–4:00 p.m. EDT starting on June 3 and continuing through November 4.
  • Location: The workshop will take place online via Zoom.
  • Registration Fee: $95 (AASHE members), $125 (AASHE non-members) and $50 for Student participants.

Registration Policies:

  • Registration deadline is Thursday, June 3, 12:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Payment is accepted in the form of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover cards, ACH transfers or checks.
  • Cancellation Policy: A 20% processing fee applies to any cancellation prior to May 24, 2021. No refunds will be given after May 24, 2021.
  • No substitutions are allowed.
  • Review all Terms & Conditions.

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