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Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World

By: Andrew Weaver
Penguin Canada

Monster wildfires in Australia, January golfers in PEI, ruined fruit crops in California, starving polar bears in the North. Climate change is no longer a vague threat. Over the next few centuries climate changes will be greater and occur faster than at any time in 10,000 years. Brilliantly researched, Keeping Our Cool is an engaging examination of global warming, with specific emphasis on Canada. Weaver explains the levels of greenhouse gas emissions needed to stabilize the climate and offers solutions and a path toward a sustainable future.

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This Changes Everything

By: Naomi Klein
Penguin Books Ltd.

The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.

In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market has not—and cannot—fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift—a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now.

Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. Nothing except that climate change changes everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us.

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Carbon Shift: How the Twin Crises of Oil Depletion and Climate Change Will Define the Future

By: Thomas Homer Dixon
Random House, 2009

The twin crises of climate change and peaking oil production are converging on us. Thomas Homer-Dixon argues that the two problems are really one: a carbon problem. We depend on carbon energy to fuel our complex economies and societies, and at the same time this very carbon is fatally contaminating our atmosphere. To solve one of these problems will require solving the other at the same time. In other words, we still have a chance to tackle two monumental challenges with one innovative solution: clean, low-carbon energy.

Carbon Shift brings together six of Canada's world-class experts to explore the question of where we stand now, and where we might be headed. It explores the economics, the geology, the politics, and the science of the predicament we find ourselves in. And it gives each expert the chance to address what they think are the most important facets of the complex problem before us.

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Why your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller

By: Jeff Rubin
Random House, 2009

According to economist Jeff Rubin, there will be no energy bailout among other industry bailouts. For generations we have built wealth by burning more and more oil. Our cars, our homes, our whole world has been getting bigger in the cheap-oil era. Now it is about to get smaller.

Rubin posits that the auto industry will never recover from this oil-induced recession, but other manufacturers will be opening up mothballed factories. Distance will soon cost money, and so will burning carbon - both will bring long-lost jobs back home. We may not see the kind of economic growth that globalization has brought, but local economies will be revitalized, as will our cities and neighborhoods.

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The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a Quickly Changing Planet

By: Dr. David Suzuki and Dave Robert Taylor
David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books, 2009

David Suzuki and co-author Dave Robert Taylor examine current issues facing the natural world such as suburban sprawl, sustainable transportation, food shortages, biodiversity, technology, and public policy. The two provide solid, science-based solutions to the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

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David Suzuki's Green Guide

By: Dr. David Suzuki and David R. Boyd
David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books, 2008

Everyone knows that human actions affect our natural environment. This guide outlines how people can consume fewer resources and become part of the solution as stewards of the planet. This book recommends actions for individuals to be more green in the homes where we live, the way we travel, the food we eat, and the things we buy. It also describes how all of us can ensure that governments support sustainable lifestyles.

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The Hot Topic: What We Can Do About Global Warming

By: Sir David King, Gabrielle Walker
David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books, 2008

Last year, awareness about global warming reached a tipping point. Now one of the most dynamic writers and one of the most respected scientists in the field of climate change offer the first concise guide to both the problems and the solutions. Guiding us past a blizzard of information and misinformation, Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King explain the science of warming, the most cutting-edge technological solutions from small to large, and the national and international politics that will affect our efforts.

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Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning

By: George Monbiot
Doubleday Canada, 2007

In his book, Monbiot offers an ambitious program to cut our carbon dioxide emissions to the point where the environmental scales start tipping away from catastrophe. As solutions, he starts with the home and finds ways for us to build, and live, so much better that we can cut emissions at home by the required 90%. He then looks at the source of our electricity and transportation, and offers solutions to trim our consumption. Monbiot argues there is no time to waste. As he has said himself, "we are the last generation that can make this happen, and this is the last possible moment at which we can make it happen."

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The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, Updated and Expanded

By: Dr. David Suzuki
Contributions by: Adrienne Mason, Amanda McConnell
David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books, 2002, 2007

In this new and extensively revised and amplified edition of his bestselling book, David Suzuki reflects on these changes and examines what they mean for our place in the world. His basic message remains the same: We are creatures of the Earth, utterly dependent on its elements, which are not just external factors, but incorporated into our very essence.

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Now or Never: Why We Must ACT Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Future

By: Tim Flannery
HarperCollins, October 2009

With Now or Never, Flannery reignites the conversation from The Weather Makers with new insights, warnings and solutions to the environmental dangers that confront us today. Flannery discusses in detail three potential solutions to climate change.

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Online Resources


 


 

David Suzuki's Nature Challenge

Do you want to have a big impact on moving us all toward a greener future? You can start in the individual choices you make each day. Thousands of people have taken David Suzuki's Nature Challenge because they want to make a difference. We've looked at the science and crunched the numbers and identified ten opportunities where you can make the biggest difference to the planet in the way you get around, the food you eat, the energy you use, and the public action you take. It's personal, it's doable, and it makes a difference!

Stop Global Warming

The David Suzuki Foundation also has many tips on what you can do to stop global warming from reducing your carbon footprint at home to planning a carbon neutral wedding.

One Million Acts of Green

CBC and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos launched this initiative last year to mobilize Canadians to do One Million Acts of Green. One million acts have been reached, but the campaign continues on a global scale. The idea behind the campaign is that one small act can make a big difference. At an individual level this can be as simple as switching to compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or walking to work. At a community level, deeper commitments include bringing nature back to a schoolyard, starting a composting program at your school or work, or hosting a screening of An Inconvenient Truth.

Home Energy Audit

Green Communities Canada provides information on certified home auditors and grants for home retrofits.

Doing Business in a New Climate: A Guide to Measuring, Reducing, and Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This new David Suzuki Foundation publication provides guidance and resources for the key activities that make up a greenhouse gas management program, including measuring, reducing, and offsetting emissions, and developing a communications strategy around the program. The guide also profiles leading businesses that are benefiting from greenhouse gas management.
 

Climate Change Curriculum Resources

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report (2007)
 

The Pembina Foundation - Green Learning

Many resources for teachers including those specific to climate change
 

Environmental Education Ontario (EEON)

Produced the document "Greening the Way Ontario Learns: A Public Strategic Plan for Environmental and Sustainability Education" - Canada's first province-wide plan for environmental literacy.
http://www.eeon.org
 

Green Street

Offer high quality Environmental Learning and Sustainability programs that actively engage Canadian elementary and secondary school students.
http://www.green-street.ca
 

Evergreen - Learning Grounds

Helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature.
http://www.evergreen.ca/en/lg/lg.htm

 

Documentaries & Videos

An Inconvenient Truth

From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore’s fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his "traveling global warming show," Gore also proves himself to be one of the most misunderstood characters in modern American public life. Here he is seen as never before in the media - funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our "planetary emergency" out to ordinary citizens before it's too late.

With wit, smarts and hope, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately brings home Gore's persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenges facing our global civilization.

The Age of Stupid

A new film from McLibel director Franny Armstrong. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

http://www.ageofstupid.net
 

The End of Suburbia

The End of Suburbia explores the American way of life and its prospects as oil supplies decrease.

http://www.endofsuburbia.com
 

The Power of Community

Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to organic methods of farming and urban gardens.

www.powerofcommunity.org

 

Seeds in the City: The Greening of Havana

This Cuba film focuses on the food shortages Havana. It demonstrates how urbanites began growing food on rooftops, in schoolyards, and in front of office buildings to create over 20,000 urban farms.

www.sounddevelopment.com/globalheroes/seeds/home/index.htm

 

Manufactured Landscapes

Edward Burtynsky’s striking and jarring camera charts mankind’s impact on the planet. These images encourage viewers to see our way of life in a new lens.

www.mercuryfilms.ca/index.php?show=3

Kilowatt Ours

An exploration of the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma and global warming. Solutions highlighted are energy conservation, efficiency and renewable power.

www.kilowattours.org
 

H2Oil

H2Oil is a collection of stories of people who are at the front lines of Canada’s tar sands.

http://h2oildoc.com/home

Downstream

This expose of Alberta’s multi-billion dollar oil sands industry features a doctor’s fight for the lives of aboriginal people living and dying of rare cancers downstream from one of the most polluting oil operations in the world.

http://downstreamdoc.com

The 11th Hour

The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment in history -- how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.