We’re all aware of the crisis our planet faces, but how much do we really know?
With so much information saturating our daily lives, details and facts can become vague. Climate Change: Our Warming World is great for those who want a better understanding of the situation with which the world is faced. After all, better understanding leads to better action and outcomes.
Written by Christina Hutchins, founder of Our World Foundation, the book is published to coincide with the imminent Copenhagen climate change conference, and is the perfect textbook to champion the cause behind the summit.
The book also features a number of impressive guest writers, including an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a preface by Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and quotes from Sir David Attenborough and Dr Pachauri, Chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Admittedly, books and information on climate change’ and ‘saving the environment’ have snowballed in the past few years. So how does this book stand out from the crowd, if it all?
Simply put, Climate Change is an anthology of manageable chunks of easily understandable information. It concisely explains, argues and addresses the ‘who, why, what, how and where?’ that surrounds the topic.
From the book's opening line - ‘our climate is changing and humans are responsible’ - you can rest assured that Hutchins doesn’t sugar-coat anything. Comprising just six chapters, the book presents the fundamental ideas and issues via four core narratives: ‘our warming world’, ‘a changing climate and changing world’, ‘a changing world for humanity’ and ‘solutions’.
Hitchens tackles a plethora of integral factors such as the rising temperatures and carbon emissions and puts them into context by citing recent events such as the floods in England and Wales in 2007 and the wildfires in North America.
Emotionally and visually provocative, pages are encapsulated and anchored by the book's collection of sensational images.
For those people who question just how dangerous and real climate change is, this book represents a strong dose of reality.
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