Climate change is now altering the way we live and work everyday. Droughts, wildfires, extreme temperatures, and flooding rains are now more commonplace, affecting the infrastructures that we rely on for food, transportation, housing, and more.
But people of color and low-income communities are most acutely affected. Systemic racism and colonialism has resulted in disproportionate power structures where those who are bearing the heaviest burden of climate change are also denied the means to adapt to it.
While much of the damage to our ecosystems and animal species is now permanent and irreversible, there is still time to preserve a rich array of natural resources to ensure clean drinking water, soil for growing food, and trees to provide shade.
As you will see from the books in this guide, there is no single fix to climate change. It will take the conservation efforts of individuals, advocacy organizations, corporations, and especially governments to right the ship. But it can be done. Read on about how climate change became a problem and what you can do to be part of the solution.
Amy Harrell, Head, Collections Strategy and Discovery
with assistance from:
Yoli Bergstrom-Lynch, Social Justice and Critical Pedagogy Research Librarian
A collection of environmental documentaries focused on telling the stories of marginalized communities from Asia and North America.
Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.
Holding lawmakers accountable for their actions is critical in the fight against climate change. As a voter you have power, and you can use it much more often than just on election day.
Advocacy groups harness grassroots people power to create change. Find one that is right for you and sign up to volunteer!