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In our family, books are popular Christmas gifts. If your family is like ours, I have two great new books on climate change for you to recommend. Very different in scope and intent, they have two things in common. Neither focuses on the science of climate change, and these are great introductions for people who aren’t experts.

Katharine Hayhoe is a Texas Tech University climatologist, but she is best known for her ability to involve all kinds of people in climate discussions. His animated podcast titled “Global Weirding” is on YouTube. “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World” begins with the assertion that all of us, no matter our origin or our political views, by simply being human beings, we care about the world. future of our planet. .

In a clear chapter, she quickly demonstrates why the arguments against climate science are not valid. The rest of Hayhoe’s book explores the human side of the problem.

She explains why people resist the fight against climate change and shows through vivid examples from her own life and the lives of others how a personal connection can bring about change. His approach is down to earth. In one case, she likens international climate cooperation to her potlucks at church. It shows many people contributing to solutions: researchers, organizers, psychologists, farmers, religious leaders and politicians.

Hayhoe urges us to join the effort. This eminently readable book shows us how and gives us hope.

InHow to Avoid a Climate Catastrophe: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, ”Bill Gates addresses the issue of climate change as an entrepreneur and investor. Written by a man who helped transform the business world by putting a computer on every desk, his suggested plan for transforming the global economy certainly deserves our attention.

What exactly will we need to do to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050? It lays out the challenges of such a huge business and breaks the problems down into easily understandable propositions. It begins with the basic problem: “Fifty-one billion is the number of tonnes of greenhouse gases the world typically adds to the atmosphere each year.” … Zero is what we need to aim for. Each proposed solution must be judged on its ability to bring us to this goal.

It’s a truism that we need to electrify everything and produce all of our electricity with renewable fuels. How much electricity will this require? What are some of the problems associated with producing electricity from renewable energies? Other issues are also important. How are we going to produce cement? How much space should we devote to solar panels? How to guarantee a reliable network? And “How much is it going to cost?”

The book is clear, well organized, comprehensive and compelling. Drawing on the work of companies and philanthropic foundations established by Gates, he never loses sight of global concerns. Our solutions should be cheap enough to be adopted by the less wealthy countries.

Transforming the global fossil fuel economy is a huge, difficult and urgent undertaking. Gates is not interested in assessing blame, but rather in creating change.

Here is my favorite quote from Gates’ book: “When someone wants toast for breakfast, we have to make sure there is a system in place that can provide the bread, the toaster and the electricity.” to operate the toaster without adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. We are not going to solve the climate problem by telling people not to eat toast.

Sylvia Neely is Co-Head of the State College Section of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

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