Urgent Reading List

There are so many things to read. These lists are very inadequate but I’ll leave it here anyway. I’ll try to work on it!

  1. www.TheClimateEconomy.com: the website is a growing source of inspiration on new technologies, ideas, ways of doing things and people making things happen The Climate Economy way. Also, www.CLEANetwork.com and the Youth Climate Economy Ventures Hub.
  2. Collaborative Spunk: A Feisty Guide for Reviving People and Our Planet (PDF), by A. Gayle Hudgens. Part I is required reading, Part II is strongly recommended. The Climate Economy Education Inc is honored to offer Dr. Hudgen’s book online exclusively; we credit our roots to her. Gayle provides a comprehensible overview of the science we need to know about.
  3. A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life, by L. Hunter Lovins et al, an eloquent illustration of the many truths and benefits of a better future for all. With decades of experience living and pursuing “a Finer Future,” Hunter provides a clear picture of how our economy currently works and how we can improve it.
  4. The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis, by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. Christina has been fighting on the front lines for a better future for all, and she knows a thing or two. Christina and Tom provide an easy-to-read and understand guide that every individual can use

There are many things you will find to read about climate/environment/energy, but as it pertains to why we need to take action now, I have narrowed down a (starter) reading list for you. After you read these, please feel free to email me and we can discuss.

Reasons to be alarmed:

1. The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millenials’ Economic Future, August 2016 (free PDF):

2. The Sky’s Limit: Why the Paris Climate Goals Require a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production, September 2016 (free PDF):

3. The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, August 6016 (on Amazon or get it at the library):

What we can do:

Here’s How To Build 100% Clean Renewable Energy In The US Before 2040

We Need to Expand Our Definition of Entrepreneurship

Benefits of taking action (not a complete list):

Lower air pollution (UN Report: Vast majority of world – 6.76 billion people – living with excessive air pollution)

Divert government funds from pollution-causing industry (Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF)

Lowering costs + increasing adoption rates = Economic Opportunity (DoE trumpets clean tech ‘energy revolution’)

Be prepared, more resilient (Louisiana floods, NC floods, etc.)

Clean energy jobs.

If you have any doubts about the morality of taking care of the planet as priority #1, then please read the Pope’s encyclical.