New Climate Books in our Library

The following three titles – all on different aspects of climate change – have been purchased recently by the East Gippsland Shire Library.

The first is Voices of Us by Tim Dunlop (Newsouth Publ. 2022) which is an account of the “independents’ movement transforming Australian democracy”. Dunlop concentrates on the early independents in particular Cathy McGowan and the ‘Voices for Indi’* and to a lesser extent that of Zali Steggall and the campaign to defeat Tony Abbott in 2016, culminating in the clean sweep of the so-called ‘teal’ independents in 2022. The book is, of course, all about politics and, in particular, the politics of climate change. Dunlop noted:

“In the end it’s climate stupid. Climate change presents us with a social and political problem of such magnitude that incremental, business as usual politics won’t be enough. Individual responses will not work. Extractive capitalism will not work. The power of the status quo to resist reforms remains strong…The 2022 election gave us a reprieve. It gave us a new government more focused than its predecessor on climate change [but] the new independent office bearers…are going to need to be far more radical than any small-l liberal, centrist positioning allows. There is no sensible centre on a dead planet.” (pp.210-11)

The second volume is Humanity’s Moment: a climate scientist‘s case for hope by Joelle Gergis (Black Inc. 2022). This is the second book by the IPCC scientist – the first A Sunburnt Country: the history and future of climate change in Australia is reviewed here. The back page blurb notes: “Joelle takes us through the science in the IPCC report with unflinching honesty, explaining what it means for our future, while sharing her personal reflections on bearing witness to the heartbreak of the climate emergency unfolding in real time.”

Finally there is No Miracles Needed: how today’s technology can save our climate and clean our air by Mark Z. Jacobson (Cambridge Uni Press, 2023) which is a practical plan in detail, neatly summarised by the subtitle in its 400 plus information packed pages. In 15 chapters Jacobson concentrates on what works and has chapters on all the obvious solutions including wind, water and solar (WWS). He also has one long chapter on what doesn’t work, again including obvious suspects such as nuclear and direct carbon capture and storage.

Eventually I hope we will have full reviews of these books.

*representative now Helen Haines MP