Nine books that will help you understand the climate crisis, and what we can do

David Bauer
3 min readAug 11, 2021

Heatwaves in Canada, Iraq and India. Wildfires in Sibiria, California and Greece. Droughts, floods, and all forms of extreme weather across the globe. If 2021 in general or the latest IPCC report make you want to get a better understanding of the climate crisis and what we can do about it, this is for you.

These are nine books that have helped me over the past years — some to understand the urgency and magnitude of the crisis; others to remain optimistic and see what we can do about it. All of them are accessible to a general audience and for people who are still scratching the surface of this complex, all-encompassing issue.

The Future We Choose, by Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carnac

Practical advice that strikes the right balance. What you, as an individual and consumer, can do. And what you, as a citizen and employee, should expect (and demand) from governments and corporations. Learn more.

How Are We Going To Explain This?, by Jelmer Mommers