Joro’s 2021 Climate Resource List

Marley Flueger
February 1, 2021

What We’re Reading, Watching, and Listening to this Year

When it comes to climate, there’s no shortage of incredible resources. 

The only problem iswhere do you start? It can be easy to feel intimidated by the science and the jargon. There’s no right way to stay engaged, and no two climate action practices look the same.

To kick off the new decade, our team hand-picked this list to inspire, inform, and ignite action. This list will meet you where you’re at, regardless of whether you’re an environmental scientist or a climate newbie. 

GET INSPIRED

For a future rooted in compassion, connection, and creativity

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

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson (448 pages)

Truth. Courage. Solutions. What’s not to love? This anthology of essays, poems and illustrations elevates the voices of women on the frontlines of the climate movement. All We Can Save portrays the global crisis through a mosaic of personal stories and calls-to-action. 


To understand the Green New Deal and its implications for social equity


On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal: Klein, Naomi:  9781982129910: Amazon.com: Books

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal

Naomi Klein (321 pages)

How do we stop global warming? According to author and researcher Naomi Klein: we rethink, well... everything. In this collection of impassioned writings, Klein makes the case for why “battling climate change is a once-in-a-century chance to build a fairer and more democratic economy.”


When you want your popcorn with a side of “power to the people” 


I Am Greta (2020) - IMDb

I am Greta

Documentary (1hr 42m)

Don’t think your actions matter? Tell that to Greta Thunberg. This documentary follows the world’s most famous teenage activist on her crusade to inspire global climate action. Sprinkled with home footage and personal stories, I am Greta gives us a peek at the human behind the headlines. 





A read to reshape your relationship with the natural world 

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom Scientific Knowledge and the  Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer / Birchbark Books & Native Arts

Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer (408 pages)

What if we saw nature as a mentor, rather than a source of raw materials to be mined? In Braiding Sweetgrass, botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer gives voice to humanity's oldest teachers: plants. Weaving indiginous and scientific knowledge, Kimmerer reflects on the valuable life lessons hidden in the languages of other living beings.

For a literary nature-bath while you’re stuck at home

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative:  Williams, Florence: 9780393242713: Amazon.com: Books

The Nature Fix 

Florence Williams (304 pages)

Why do we feel better after a long walk in the woods? In The Nature Fix, author Florence Williams takes us around the world to investigate the science behind nature’s positive effect on our brains. With everyone spending more time indoors these days, this book is an essential reminder to find reprieve in – and protect – our precious outdoor spaces. 


GET INFORMED

A degree-by-degree look at the consequences of global warming

Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency

Mark Lynas (384 pages)

Decisions made in the next ten years will determine the climate of the planet for thousands of years in the future. Our Final Warning charts the likely future of our Earth – and our civilization – if current rates of climate change persist. (Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.) 





The cold, hard facts – and a clear-eyed path forward 

Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of  Saving the Planet: Chomsky, Noam, Pollin, Robert, Polychroniou, C.J.:  9781788739856: Amazon.com: Books

Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal

Noam Chomsky & Robert Pollen (193 pages)

How bad could it get, and how do we fix it? In this book, renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky and economist Robert Pollen take a grounded view of the catastrophic trajectory of climate change – and present a realistic framework for a just transition to clean energy: the Green New Deal. 


A first-person visual of humanity’s monumental impact on the planet

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet,' streaming, Netflix - The Central  Minnesota Catholic

A Life on Our Planet

Documentary (1hr 54m)

In this documentary, renowned naturalist David Attenborough takes us across the planet and through time to examine just how much our planet has changed in a single human lifetime. What could change in the next lifetime? Well, that’s up to us.



A scientist and a podcaster break down how we fix this

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How to Save a Planet

Podcast (~45m - 1hr)

This podcast, launched in 2020 unpacks what’s gone wrong in the climate crisis, what’s coming next, and how we get to work to fix it. A weekly must-listen for anyone looking to stay informed and uplifted on global efforts to address climate change.

Episodes We Love: Soil, the Dirty Climate Solution & Breaking Building’s Addiction to Fossil Fuel



A judgement-free entry point for your climate crisis education

A Matter of Degrees Podcast

A Matter of Degrees

Podcast (~1hr)

It’s time to give up your climate guilt and sharpen your curiosity. This podcast is for climate-curious people who know we’re in trouble, but aren’t sure how we fix it. A great listen for anyone looking to explore the systems of power that have created climate change – and where we go from here. 


Episodes We Love: The Stages & Black Climate Grief & Give Up Your Climate Guilt

GET ACTIVE

If you’re ready for action – but aren’t sure where to start

What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action, Fonda, Jane -  Amazon.com

What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair to Action

Jane Fonda (450 pages)

The climate crisis is real – and scary. But what can you do? In her new memoir, Jane Fonda (yes, that Jane Fonda) makes the case for the power of individual action. Featuring personal stories and conversations with climate leaders, What Can I Do equips us with the tools we need to join Fonda – and the world – in protest. 


A realist’s handbook for navigating the climate crisis 

How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos  by David Pogue, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

How to Prepare for Climate Change: a Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos

David Pogue (624 pages)

We’re already living through the beginning of climate chaos – and things will probably get worse before they get better. How to Prepare for Climate Change offers sensible advice for preparing for the years ahead with action plans for every kind of climate catastrophe.



For when your retail therapy gets a little out of hand

The Minimalists: Less Is Now (2021) - IMDb

The Minimalists: Less is Now

Documentary (53m)

Living lighter starts by changing our relationship with stuff. This documentary takes a look at how buying less makes room for more: more time, more experiences, more personal freedom. While The Minimalists doesn’t explicitly address climate change, simplifying our lives isn’t just good for our wellbeing – it’s good for the planet.


A youth-centered guide to climate activism and other social action 

Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It: Margolin, Jamie, Thunberg,  Greta: 9780738246666: Amazon.com: Books

Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It

Jamie Margolin (272 pages)

It’s no secret – young people have electrified the  global climate movement. In Youth to Power, teen climate activist Jamie Margolin of Zero Hour lays a step-by-step framework for effective, intersectional activism. Featuring inspiring interviews with young activists from an array of social justice movements, this book is for anyone ready to get vocal.



Bite-sized tips for climate-conscious parenting


THE PARENTS' GUIDE TO CLIMATE REVOLUTION

The Parent’s Guide to Climate Revolution

Mary DeMocker (360 pages)

The stakes have never been higher for the youngest generations. The Parent’s Guide to Climate Revolution provides 100 simple ideas for family-friendly climate action – from embracing parenting simplicity, to teaching kids about protest, to adopting new practices to change your family, and the planet, for the better. 





A climate action practice is the daily exercise of bringing awareness and intention to reduce the carbon emissions within your control.

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