Climate Change

The materials on this list offer people of all ages opportunities to dig deeper into the topic of climate change--with fiction and nonfiction, from the effects on the natural world around us to the impact on our economy and livelihoods.

  • The Lorax

    1971 by Dr Seuss

    For children and families: In a picture book that explores the impact creatures have on the earth, one line in particular speaks to the role all humans have in preserving our planet: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

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  • Arctic Thaw : climate change and the global race for energy resources

    2015 by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

    For children and families: As human's use of fossil fuels spurs global warming, the effects of global warming make fossil fuels in the arctic more accessible than ever. This nonfiction book explores the issue and its repercussions.

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  • We Are the Weather Makers : the history of climate change

    2009 by Sally M Walker

    For young adults: Here you will find the complicated science of climate change laid out in easy-to-understand terms. How did we get here? What lies ahead? What can we do to change course? This book has all the answers.

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  • A Warmer World : from polar bears to butterflies, how climate change affects wildlife

    2012 by Caroline Arnold

    For children and families: What effect does climate change have on the lives and habitats of animals with whom we share the planet? This nonfiction picture book explores the repercussions of rising temperatures and sea levels on creatures across the world.

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  • The Age of Miracles : a novel

    2012 by Karen Thompson Walker

    For young adults: The world is literally coming apart as the rotation of the earth slows, but as the knowing narrator, eleven-year-old Julia, says, "no force on earth could slow the forward march of sixth grade." Suburban life goes on as weather patterns change, birds fall from the sky, and radiation poisons the environment--and being a teenager is just as dramatic as ever.

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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    2012 by Benh Zeitlin

    For young adults: This visually stunning Oscar-nominated film follows six-year-old Hushpuppy and her father in a struggling fishing community on the Mississippi Delta. In this imagined future, dramatically rising sea levels and forceful hurricanes threaten the way of life for Hushpuppy and her neighbors, but they find ways to remain a community despite their challenges.

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  • Ship Breaker

    2010 by Paolo Bacigalupi

    For young adults: Set in a complex dystopia, this diverse tale is both vivid and compelling. When a young ship salvager happens upon an abandoned luxury ship and finds a survivor, he must decide if he can risk helping her.

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  • Breathe

    2012 by Sarah Crossan

    For young adults: A shimmering glass dome houses the survivors of the Switch, the period when oxygen levels plunged and the green world withered. Alina, Quinn, and Bea walk straight into the heart of danger. With two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, they leave the dome. What will happen on the third day?

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  • More Than Honey

    2013 by Markus Imhoof

    For adults: This documentary explores the unprecedented disappearance of millions of bees over the last fifteen years.

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  • This Changes Everything : capitalism vs. the climate

    2014 by Naomi Klein

    For adults: Award-winning journalist Naomi Klein offers an explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

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  • The Water Knife

    2015 by Paolo Bacigalupi

    For adults: Severe water shortages across the American Southwest fuel cutthroat competition between independent city-states for scarce resources. On one end of the spectrum is Las Vegas, a lush, high-tech "arcology" of fountains and gardens; on the other is Phoenix, devastated by drought yet inundated with refugees from bone-dry Texas who do what they must to survive.

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  • The Sixth Extinction : an unnatural history

    2014 by Elizabeth Kolbert

    For adults: Science writer Kolbert won the Pulitzer Prize for this timely account of the way humans are directly and indirectly causing the extinction of thousands of species of living things.

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