What we're reading (and what you should too)
Here are a few works we find super relevant to what we're doing here, and a few we just love! Pro-tip: Borrow these books from your local library or from a fellow climate change enthusiast, or if you just have to have your own copy, purchase direct from the publisher!
First, a primer:
Feel like you kind of know what climate change is and what's causing it, but aren't necessarily certain? NASA's website has great educational resources for bulking up your talking points next Thanksgiving when Uncle Jerry tells you that "the climate has always been changing!"
Bitch Media's "Feminism 101" archive is full of articles to educate yourself on the history of the movement and the many voices that shape it now. Poke around this for info on everything from pleasure to intersectionality. White people: READ THIS! Educate your white self on issues that intersect with race and ethnicity (pro-tip: do this instead of asking your POC friends to explain basic systemic racism to you).
If you're still unsure how one informs the other, the Women's Media Center has a great article that explains why climate change is a feminist issue.
We're gonna do our best to define terms as they come up, but we might forget!
Here's a working glossary of terms, with links for more info.
Finally, if you have a question, google that shit! Or better yet, visit your local library!
Here are some of our favorite books (yeah, we're really fun at parties), for those who want to dive a little bit deeper.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Essay, Anchor Books 2014
"The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are."
Read this book now if: You identify as a woman; you identify as a man; you identify as a human being; you're angry; you're sad; you're happy; you're tired; you're a dude and you're just not sure feminism is for you; you think all feminists are man-haters; you think feminism and girl power are the same thing; the last time you seriously thought about gender was your high school sex-ed class, etc. etc. you get the idea: READ THIS ESSAY.
Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor by Rob Nixon
Nonfiction. Harvard University Press, 2011
"...if the neoliberal era has intensified assaults on resources, it has also intensified resistance, whether through isolated site-specific struggles or through activism that has reached across national boundaries in an effort to build translocal alliances."
Why Rob is bae: Rob Nixon's idea of "slow violence" applies to a host of different environmental justice issues, and we find it a particularly useful framework for climate change. Not to give too much away, but basically he critiques our obsession with tangible events (i.e. superstorms, terrorism, etc.), noting that it makes "slower" types of violence (pollution, exploitation, climate change) less visible.
Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
Nonfiction, Bloomsbury 2006, updated 2015
Why you should read it: It's basically a who's-who guide for things we're going to lose in a changed world. This book, which lives up to its title, lists in heartbreaking detail many natural systems we have dislodged in our fossil-fuel mania. From tiny islands in Alaska to vast swaths of coral reefs, much of our planet is imperiled by climate change and are inability (or unwillingness) to change our ways.
Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
Nonfiction, Bloomsbury 2010
"The industry's position was that there was 'no proof that tobacco was bad, and they fostered that position by manufacturing 'debate,' convincing the mass media that responsible journalists had an obligation to present 'both sides' of it."
Why this book will leave you shook: It highlights the ways that certain corporations, institutions, and individuals are pros at shedding "reasonable doubt" on science, from cigarettes to climate change.
Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A generation faces living on a changed planet By Julie Dunlap and Susan A. Cohen, Eds.
Essays, Trinity 2016
"Regardless, I managed to fall in love with the diminished, overdeveloped, and over-visited landscape..."
Why Gen-Zers, Millennials, and Boomers should all read this book: Ahhh, the good old days. Remember those? Before we were all fucked by the sheer volume of carbon dioxide we emitted? Me neither. This collection tackles what it means to love the earth and call it home even after so much harm has come to it.
Eating Stone by Ellen Meloy
Essays, Vintage 2005
"Homo sapiens have left themselves few places and scant ways to witness other species in their own world, and estrangement that leaves us hungry and lonely."
Why wild sheep are the best: So besides all the animal sex, we love this book mostly because Ellen Meloy was a bona-fide badass. She literally followed a herd of sheep around the desert! Meloy has a really interesting idea of wilderness, and we wish we could have her on the show to talk about the desert landscape she so loved.