Thursday, February 29, 2024
5:30 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. EST
The Climate Change Book Club, sponsored by the WMU Climate Change Working Group and the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition, welcomes anyone interested in reading and learning more about the science, politics, economics, sociology of climate change and the way it is portrayed in different parts of our society.
February's discussion is centered on A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring A New African Voice to the Climate Crisis by Vanessa Nakate.
This is a wonderful book, appealing to a wide range of readers, telling the first person story of a young African college student who is curious about climate change and starts learning how she can take action. She starts with small steps in her home country of Uganda and learns and grows tremendously to the point that she is attending major world events, getting world headlines, and connecting with other youth climate activists around the world - especially in Africa - whose stories she shares.
The book is an easy, appealing, and enjoyable read. There is a wonderful audio version with Nakate herself doing the reading. Listen in your car! (For local participants that audio version is available for free through the Kalamazoo Public Library through the Hoopla app, which also has digital versions and hard copies.)
For all of these reasons the Book Club hopes to make a strong appeal to young people to join in February. In fact, the virtual discussion of the book on Feb. 29 will be streamed from the WMU Waldo Library, where a room is reserved with the hope that WMU students will join the discussion in person in the library.
Find the full schedule of readings on the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition's website, and check out previous reads at the WMU Library webpage dedicated to our reading group.
This is an open group. You can invite others to join – send their emails to Allen Webb to get them on the list.