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A concise and personal yet universally applicable examination of a problem that affects everyone on planet Earth.

A concise and personal yet universally applicable examination of a problem that affects everyone on planet Earth.

THE STORY OF MORE

HOW WE GOT TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND WHERE TO GO FROM HERE

Following a critically and popular debut, the lab girl turns teacher in a course on climate change.

As most readers know, a bestseller gives a fledgling author a bigger megaphone. In her follow-up to Lab Girl (2016), Jahren (Geosciences/Univ. of Oslo) uses it to show how issues that are clearly important to her are crucial to all of humanity and the survival of the world as we know it. She doesn’t use scare tactics or shrill warnings; unfortunately, “we kind of stopped listening. By now we’re quite practiced at not listening to things scientists say over and over again.” The author cites warnings about the dangers of fossil fuels dating to the 1950s and the linking of fossil fuels and the threat of global warming “as early as 1856.” Few listened then, and now the crisis is urgent. In matter-of-fact detail and conversational prose, Jahren interweaves biographical information about her Midwestern girlhood and takes readers on a journey with her to her current home in Oslo, where she moved in 2016 “because I am worried about the future of science in America.” She methodically takes us through discussions of food, especially regarding changes in production and consumption, and energy and the planet as a whole, emphasizing one central point: “What was only a faint drumbeat as I began to research this book now rings in my head like a mantra: Use Less and Share More.” Over and over, the author shows how the world divides between those who consume and waste more and those who live on much less. She explores not only food scarcity, but also lack of electricity and sanitary water conditions. She clearly shows how the amount of waste created by the privileged could provide plenty for those less privileged. “The earth is sick,” she writes, “and we suspect that it’s something bad,” and a cure begins with individual action but will require significant shifts in values and practices.

A concise and personal yet universally applicable examination of a problem that affects everyone on planet Earth.

Pub Date: March 3, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-525-56338-9

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Vintage

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2020

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Comment from Tom Evans:

You and Carol might be interested in a recently published book on climate change.  It’s written by Hope Jahren, a multidisciplinary botanist, who got a lot of attention for her first book, “Lab Girl.”  Here’s a link to a Kirkus Review report her latest book, “The Story of More.” https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/hope-jahren/the-story-of-more/  The book is based on her climate change course for anon-majors that she has been teaching for several years.  It’s definitely a unique course and book, she draws much from her personal history and uniques insights.  She has come to many conclusions, which she confidently asserts.  The bottom line: The world has to switch from the story of more to the story of less.  Not a new argument but she states it especially effectively.  The paperback edition is only $15.00.

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