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Awake on Earth: Facing Climate Change with Sanity and Grace Paperback – May 24, 2016
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Awake on Earth is a real gem and I absolutely recommend it. Well written and inspiring. Simply excellent.-Kari Norgaard, author of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life A beautifully written and honest appraisal, Awake on Earth helps us find our common humanity and face up to the profound moral obligation of being alive at this crucial time on Earth. It is a must-read for anyone who loves a child.-Mary Christina Wood, author of Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age A highly readable balance of science and personal experience, raising tantalizing possibilities for human transformation.-Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Great Tide Rising and co-editor of Moral Ground Going beyond a new light bulb is crucial if we're to make an impact on climate change. Carla Wise offers some sage insights in this new volume.-Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth
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Carla A. Wise is an environmental writer, climate activist, and mom who has worked as a teacher, natural resource policy analyst, environmental consultant, and plant conservation biologist. She holds a master’s degree in environmental studies and a Ph.D. in plant conservation biology. Her writing has appeared in the Oregonian, High Country News, the Huffington Post, the Utne Reader, and elsewhere. She loves hiking, floating rivers, traveling, gardening, and hanging out with her husband, daughter, and two dogs at their home in Corvallis, Oregon. Visit her at www.wiseonearth.com.
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I did not read this book straight through - I skimmed the science, and read carefully the personal story. I have since started going back to sections on the science and use it as a reference. I give this book to folks, but since this topic generates such paralysis I have been recommending reading it in book groups and among friends if you are not already comfortable engaging with this topic.
The book is divided into two parts. The first distills the most recent information on the effects of climate change in a clear, concise, readable style that any novice to the topic can understand. By accurately and thoroughly summarizing the profound effects of just 1 degree centigrade of warming, Carla Wise brings the reader to a point that is likely to be bleak and discouraging. Those who have studied global warming will appreciate her succinct compilation of the latest changes.
But then in Part 2, she covers one’s response to all of this troubling information. She concludes that the antidote to despair is action, and gently offers actions that readers can take. She concludes with her own response of joining the non-partisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a group that is successfully developing the political will for climate solutions. Throughout the book she weaves in her personal experiences and insights, in a style that is accessible and comfortable. I couldn’t put the book down. I don’t think you will either.