When I was around six years old I borrowed a book from the local library called Global Warming. It was one of those educational kids’ books. Big words, lots of pictures. But this wasn’t your average Dr. Seuss title. It was a kids’ book about an intensely serious issue that hasn’t gone away yet, and doesn’t look like it will go away for many decades to come. Even though we now call it climate change, Global Warming was my first experience of the problem that will likely define my life.
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This is a tough book to write. When you tell people, “climate change is coming, you need to get prepared”, you don’t make many friends. Those who would rather not think about climate change at all – and it’s unpleasant, so why would you – don’t appreciate it. And those who arethinking about it want to know why you’re giving up so easily on stopping climate change from happening.