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Saint Mark’s Library: Earthkeepers Collection

The Earthkeepers collection of books and videos is located on a special shelf in the St. Mark’s Library, above the radiator along the wall to the left as you enter. Check out anything that interests you. And feel free to recommend any books you think we should add by sending an email to stmarks4theearth@gmail.com.

Books

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming
Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch

This highly-acclaimed climate change education title is the winner of twelve book awards. When the weather changes daily, how do we really know that Earth's climate is changing? Here is the science behind the headlines, gathered by scientists from all over the world, sometimes with assistance from young "citizen-scientists." This book combines the talents of two uniquely qualified authors: Lynne Cherry, the leading children's environmental writer/illustrator and Gary Braasch, award-winning photojournalist and author of Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming Is Changing the World.

What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
Greg Craven

A readable, highly entertaining book that deals with the pros and cons of acting or not acting to respond to climate change. Written by a middle school science teacher whose video on this topic went viral on the internet (and led to this book), the book deals with the question of what should we do if the human causation of climate change is still an open question. Highly recommended for audiences of all ages.

The Weather of the Future
Heidi Cullen

Dr. Heidi Cullen is Chief Scientist at Climate Central, a nonprofit climate news and research agency and former chief climatologist at Weather.com. She explains the dynamics of climate change clearly but then goes on to do a unique and highly informative thing: she uses the best weather models to enumerate in detail how the weather will change during the next century in seven specific areas of the world, including New York City, the Central Valley of California, Greenland and Bangladesh.

The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
Brian Fagan

Brian Fagan is an emeritus professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an expert on the interaction of climate and human society. In this book, he discusses how different societies fared during the period between the tenth and fifteenth centuries, a period often referred to as the Great Warming. Though the warming experienced by the earth then was slower and not as dramatic as what we face today, the experience of those societies gives insight into what we may expect as global warming continues.

The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization
Brian Fagan

Humanity evolved in an Ice Age in which glaciers covered much of the world. But starting about 15,000 years ago, temperatures began to climb. Civilization and all of recorded history occurred in this warm period, the era known as the Holocene-the long summer of the human species. In The Long Summer, Brian Fagan brings us the first detailed record of climate change during these 15,000 years of warming, and shows how this climate change gave rise to civilization.

Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis
Al Gore

It is now abundantly clear that we have at our fingertips all of the tools we need to solve the climate crisis. The only missing ingredient is collective will. In this book, Al Gore argues that, properly understood, the climate crisis is an unparalleled opportunity to finally and effectively address many persistent causes of suffering and misery that have long been neglected, and to transform the prospects of future generations, giving them a chance to live healthier, more prosperous lives as they continue their pursuit of happiness.

Every Living Thing: How Christian Leaders Are Inspiring All of Us to Care For Animals
Christine Gutleben, ed.

A recent publication by The Humane Society of the United States, this book brings together the writings and teaching of many different religions with regard to the care and treatment of animals. It also includes statements by various church leaders including Pope Francis and our most recent Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

Storms of My Grandchildren
James Hansen

Dr. James Hansen, the world's leading climatologist, speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still time to take the urgent, strong action that is needed- just barely.

Climate Cover-Up
James Hoggan

Despite the input of the world’s leading climate scientists, the urgings of politicians, and the outcry of many grassroots activists, many Americans continue to ignore the warning signs of severe climate shifts. How did this happen? Exploring the PR techniques, phony "think tanks," and funding used to pervert scientific fact, this book serves as a wake-up call to those who still wish to deny the inconvenient truth.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert's environmental classic Field Notes from a Catastrophe developed out of a groundbreaking, National Magazine Award-winning three-part series in The New Yorker. In this new edition, she brings the original text up to date and adds three new chapters—on ocean acidification, the tar sands, and a Danish town that's gone carbon neutral.

The Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert

The author, a staff writer for the New Yorker, travels many locations around the world interviewing experts in various fields of study. She resents current theories regarding the five previous mass extinctions and then offers examples of the rapid changes in our current environment and the important role humans play in the evolutionary changes to come

Dire Predictions: Understand Climate Change
Michael Mann

Perhaps the single most readable book available to understand climate change and the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report of 2015. Clearly written by an eminent climatologist with outstanding graphics. If you read one book on climate change, it should be this one

Don’t Even Think About It
George Marshall

Most of us recognize that climate change is real yet we do nothing to stop it. What is the psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? With engaging stories and drawing on years of his own research, Marshall argues that the answers do not lie in the things that make us different, but rather in what we share: how our human brains are wired. . This book is about climate change and about the qualities that make us human and how we can deal with the greatest challenge we have ever faced.

Eaarth
Bill Mckibbon

Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Change—fundamental change—is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance

The Climate Casino
William Nordhaus

William Nordhaus is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University and has written extensively about global warming for four decades. In this book, he argues that we have entered a Climate Casino and are rolling global warming dice with become more loaded with every year. But, he says, there is still time to turn around and walk out of the casino, and he explains how

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
Naomi Oreskes and Erick Conway

In a well-documented account, this book portrays the difference between peer-reviewed science and unsubstantiated but well publicized claims which argue that the science is wrong. It covers issues including tobacco, second hand smoke, the ozone hole, acid rain and global warming. The amazing disclosure here is the small handful of the same people at the core of the contrarian groups. The effect of this small, vocal group on popular opinion and in delaying action by our leaders is very disturbing

Laudate Si: On Care For Our Common Home
Pope Francis

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path

What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming
Per Espen Stoknes

Stoknes is a Norwegian business consultant and holds advanced degrees in both economics and psychology. Of this book, Heidi Cullen writes, “Combining an entrepreneur’s innovation with an economist analytics and a psychologist’s knowledge of human behavior, Per Espen Stoknes gives us a much-needed guide to moving beyond the politics and paralysis that general cripple action on climate change and provides us with concrete ways to inspire grounded hope for real climate solutions.” I can’t say it better. A brilliant book

Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet
David G. Victor

David Victor is a political scientist at University of California, San Diego and a world expert on climate treaties. He was convening lead author of the Introduction and Overview chapter of the 2015 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and participant in COP21 in Paris. Though written before the Paris talks, this book still provides and invaluable background on the issues that were faced there and will need to be faced as international cooperation on fighting climate change proceeds.

Videos

An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning

Former vice president Al Gore shares his concerns on the pressing issue of global warming in this documentary. An Inconvenient Truth records a multi-media presentation hosted by Gore in which he discusses the scientific facts behind global warming, explains how it has already begun to affect our environment, talks about the disastrous consequences if the world's governments and citizens do not act, and shares what each individual can do to help protect the Earth for this and future generations. Part of the work that won him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Chasing Ice

Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski profiles National Geographic photographer James Balog as he endeavors to capture undeniable proof of climate change by launching the ambitious Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), a project that entails using time-lapse photography to document shifting ice glaciers. With the aid of his young assistants, Balog travels to three continents, placing 30 cameras in key positions to record vivid images of the majestic ice caps as they slowly melt away. In the process of capturing these incredible shots, Balog finds his skepticism fading, and experiences a brush with mortality that leaves him positively convinced that nature is currently experiencing a profound shift, the likes of which has never been witnessed by modern man.

Merchants of Doubt

Based on the award-winning book by Naomi Oreskes and Erick Conway, this documentary shows how a small group of scientists and publicists have managed to stall government action on a number of issues from cigarettes causing cancer to global warming by raising enough doubt in the minds of the public.
The film emphasizes the most recent of these issues, global warming/climate change, where, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence, our government at least the legislative branch, fails to act. A must-see for anyone who is either skeptical of humans causing climate change or who believes the jury is still out.

Years of Living Dangerously: The Complete Series-Disc 1

(Winner of the 2014 Emmy for Best documentary of Non-fiction Series)
Episode 1, Dry Season (first aired on April 13, 2014): Don Cheadle reports on the severe droughts in the Southwest United States. Scientist and devout Christian, Katharine Hayhoe speaks to religious audiences about the connection between extreme weather and climate change; Harrison Ford visits Indonesia to learn how slash-and-burn deforestation contributes a large portion of the world's carbon emissions; Thomas Friedman investigates how drought contributed to the civil war in Syria.

Episode 2, End of the Woods (April 20, 2014): Arnold Schwarzenegger accompanies the "hot shots", elite firefighters in Western US forests, as they risk their lives fighting the fire season made longer and more destructive by global warming. Harrison Ford continues his quest to stop Indonesian deforestation and the carbon emissions and displacement of animals and people that it causes.

Years of Living Dangerously: The Complete Series-Disc 2

Episode 3, The Surge (April 27, 2014): Chris Hayes reports on how Superstorm Sandy affected towns and families; he meets with congressman Michael Grimm from New Jersey, initially a climate skeptic, who changes his position on global warming. M. Sanjayan interviews scientists around the world about global warming and reviews the data that they are collecting about the effects of climate change around the world,

Episode 4, Ice & Brimstone (May 4, 2014): Ian Somerhalder follows Anna Jane Joyner as she works to persuade congregations to join the Evangelical fight against global warming. Lesley Stahl visits Greenland to investigate the effects of global warming in the Arctic on global sea levels and the rush to develop oil and gas reserves there. Scientist Heidi Cullen explains that "if we don’t leave 30 percent of our oil and gas reserves untapped, large parts of our planet will become unlivable.

Years of Living Dangerously: The Complete Series-Disc 3

Episode 5, True Colors (May 12, 2014): Olivia Munn learns about ocean acidification and the proposed West Coast coal export terminals that would nearly double US coal exports. The governor of the State of Washington, Jay Inslee, makes the fight against global warming a top priority in his first year in office, using his executive powers when necessary to get around Republican climate-change skeptics in the state legislature. Columnist Mark Bittman of The New York Times follows up on the post-Hurricane Sandy rebuilding story, the global rise in sea level, and what is being done to better prepare the East coast for storms and surges.. Governor Chris Christie refuses "to acknowledge the role that climate change played in amplifying the impacts" of Sandy after meeting with the Koch brothers, who then funded campaign advertising for Christie.

Episode 6, Winds of Change (May 19, 2014): America Ferrera reports on how public policy has supported the growth of wind and solar power in Kansas, and how oil and gas companies, with lobbyists and allies like the Heartland Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) oppose these policies. Mark Bittman discovers that extracting natural gas through fracking delays our transition to renewable energy and that fracking wells leak a large amount of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, which makes fracked natural gas as dirty as, or dirtier than, burning coal.

Years of Living Dangerously: The Complete Series-Disc 4

Episode 7, Revolt, Rebuild, Renew (May 26, 2014): Jessica Alba follows Climate Corps fellows as they work to help US companies save money and improve profits through energy efficiency and sustainability management. Thomas Friedman studies how the effect of global warming on the US wheat crop (and that of other exporting nations) caused a spike in wheat prices in the Middle East, helping to provoke the Arab Spring. Chris Hayes explores the economy of another area stricken by Hurricane Sandy, Far Rockaway, Queens, discovering that the most economically vulnerable people have been the most severely affected.

Episode 8, A Dangerous Future (June 2, 2014): Michael C. Hall travels to Bangladesh to see how climate change will impact workers and the poor in developing countries in the coming decades, when a projected 150 million people will be forced to leave their homes to escape sea level rise. Matt Damon explores the public health emergencies around the nation and world caused by more frequent, intense, and longer heat waves. Thomas Friedman continues his Middle East investigation in Yemen, where the scarcity of water is already leading to local fighting.

Years of Living Dangerously: The Complete Series-Disc 5

Episode 9, Moving a Mountain (June 9, 2014) Michael C. Hall concludes his journey to Bangladesh, where rising seas are expected to submerge 17% of the country. He learns that global warming is a human rights, public health and foreign policy issue. M. Sanjayan questions top climate scientists in their fields who collect data from the past, such as ice core samples, that explain how our climate is changing. Thomas Friedman interviews President Barack Obama on climate change and finds that climate can change so fast that it can wipe out a civilization and that "action taken to curb greenhouse emissions could have a measurable, helpful impact.