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Making Climate Change Graphic

Can the climate change story be told better in pictures? Two recent books attempt just that.

Climate Changed: a Personal Journey Through the Science
Philippe Squarzoni, Abram Books (originally published in French)

From the publisher: Climate Changed weaves together scientific research, extensive interviews with experts, and a call for action. Weighing the potential of some solutions and the false promises of others, this groundbreaking work provides a realistic, balanced view of the magnitude of the crisis that An Inconvenient Truth only touched on.

Reviews: Climate Changed

Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet
...And that is, perhaps, the crux of Climate Changed – many of us know these terms, we even use them sometimes in earnest pub discussions. But how much do most of us really know about the subjects these terms cover...? I mean really understand, not just a vague knowledge assembled from the BBC website articles of the Guardian, but know the various aspects of climate change and how they relate to one another – and there is not just one topic here to get to grips with, this is a real multi-headed monster, a hydra of our own making, and we need, badly need, to understand the problems, and how they interact with one another, before we can even start to consider our response to them. Assuming, of course, we have the luxury of time to formulate a response. And also assuming humanity is wise enough to decide to take relevant action. And let’s be honest, recent events where agreed restrictions on targets like emissions being missed (after already being set fairly low to begin with) or even simply ignored by some nations, that latter part is not looking good right now...


The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change
"Stand-up economist" Yoram Bauman and award-winning illustrator Grady Klein, Island Press (funded via Kickstarter)

From the publisher: Climate change is no laughing matter—but maybe it should be. The topic is so critical that everyone, from students to policy-makers to voters, needs a quick and easy guide to the basics. The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change entertains as it educates, delivering a unique and enjoyable presentation of mind-blowing facts and critical concepts.

My New Favorite Book: The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

Brendan Demelle, DeSmog Blog
...Ultimately, The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change presents a convincing argument that we must put a price on carbon and transition away from fossil fuels in order to safeguard our future.

If you've ever struggled to explain global warming science or the need for action to someone in your family or social networks, perhaps this is the book you've been waiting for...

Download sample chapter

Readers may also be interested in The Art of Life: Understanding how participation in arts and culture can affect our values by Mission Models Money and Common Cause.

Editorial Notes: On the subject of telling stories through images, have you taken a look yet and the Public Energy Art Kit P.E.A.K.?

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