Tuesday, July 25, 2023
The Climate Change Book club, hosted by the WMU Climate Change Working Group, 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.
July's discussion is centered on Blue Skies by T.C. Boyle (2023).
One reader on Amazon describes Blue Skies this way:
Sometime in the not so distant future, a family is dealing with the effects of climate change on each coast of the US. Ottilie and Frank live in California near their son, Cooper who is an entomologist tracking the wild swings in the insect population. Ottilie is dedicated to environmental protection and does her part by conserving water in a severe drought and learning to cook with crickets and bug flour to avoid meat. Meanwhile, in Florida, their daughter, Cat and her husband, Todd live in a beach house and are dealing with constant rain and rising tides. Feeling bored with Todd’s constant travels as part of his job with Bacardi Rum, Cat decides to buy a Burmese python as a pet and fashion statement in her quest to be a social media influencer. Unfortunately, as a result of climate change and some poor decisions, the family experiences some unusual tragedies that definitely give readers food for thought about what could be in store for the future. As tensions rise in the extreme environments, each family member also deals with relationship challenges with their friends and significant others.
A complete list of past readings and a future schedule can be found on the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition's website. You are encouraged to please consider making your purchase at a local bookstore.
This is an open group. You can invite others to join – send their emails to Allen Webb to get them on the list.