I am reading a lot of books in preparation for The William Morris Project in 2021. Books on stewardship and climate change are, particularly on my radar. My latest read is The Story of More by Hope Jahren.
The Story of More traces the history of climate change as a result of our excessive consumption. Consider this a primer, a Climate Change 101 following the same outline the author uses to teach at the university. You won’t find footnotes in this slim volume, but you will find easily accessible information in a gentle, encouraging tone. Jahren presents climate change as a trade-off. It is up to the consumer to determine where sits the line in the sand.
Jahren breaks the book into four sections (Life, Food, Energy, Earth) and provides an appendix of resources for readers to explore. Initially, I felt disappointed when I finished the book. I had hoped for an in-depth study and a more urgent tone. Looking back, I’m not sure I’m the intended audience. The Story of More‘s enthusiastic and optimistic tone is perfect for teenagers or young adults interested in climate change. This is the book I want my sons to read to understand the need for positive and focused change.
I recommend The Story of More book for a young adult or someone resistant to the idea of climate change. Personally, I want more. I would love a list of books, documentaries, and resources I can reference to help me learn and grow. So far, research online and on sites like Goodreads only produces only conflicting reviews. If you are open to sharing your wisdom and resources in the comments, I would be grateful!