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What are the causes and conseuences of climate change When the scale is so big can an individual make any difference Documentary diary and masterwork graphic novel this up to date look at our planet and how we live on it explains what global warming is all about With the most complicated conc. This is one of those books in which the person writing the book is writing about writing the book Suarzoni s process stands center stage his process of writing and also his orientation shift once he begins to really understand the mechanism of climate change Once this happens he wants to put what he learns into action and tries lowering of his carbon footprint So for example he chooses not to partake in airplane travel as it uses up a lot of fuel One might think how is one person s decision to stop taking airplane trips going to reduce our carbon footprint Well it s not But it s a symbolic act one that could be meaningful if it turned into a collective act And we all have to live with our own decisions I suppose I remember I went through a period of time about eight years ago where every time I bought anything encased in plastic ie everything I felt a profound existential sickness and horror and so for several years I tried really really hard to avoid buying things living in plastic containers One problem was in order to buy the milk I wanted and that was stored in reusable glass jars I had to drive anywhere from a half hour to an hour each way And I wondered what is worse for the environment driving or buying something in a plastic container Eventually I gave up trying to not use plastic because it made daily life unmanageable I still try to keep my engagement with plastic to a minimum but you know we ve gone batty with plastic and are happy to self destruct for the convenience of it What choices to have to make What a world to live in Where every day we are taking part in activities that we know will likely destroy us and much if not all of what we love about this planet for a good long era or two And yet we can t seem to change our ways Suarzoni s book is informative and compelling and also pretty self indulgent I read it a few years ago so don t remember too much but remember appreciating a lot of it but also being pretty annoyed Perhaps I will read it again in the next year or so so I can write a better review Or maybe now that Trump and the Cabinet of Doom are trying to make the world as unhabitable as they can as fast as they can it would just be too depressing to go back and read this a second timeHere s a uote of some of the text in the later part of the book How can a society structured politically and economically to produce and consume whose development is dependent on fanning the desire to possess reconcile itself to a culture of sobriety and collective responsibility How can a system dedicated to letting individuals freely maximize their personal advantages be compatible with any sort of self restraint and material moderation In the end the freedom touted by a free market model has become a symbol of rugged individualism It is the freedom not to be held accountable The rejection of all constraint Of any limits The rejection of a collective responsibility

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Epts made clear in a feat of investigative journalism by artist Philippe Suarzoni Climate Changed weaves together scientific research extensive interviews with experts and a call for action Weighing the potential of some solutions and the false promises of others this groundbreaking work prov. I refuse to call the genre graphic novel because most of the graphic books I read are nonfictionIt was the title the past tense of the book that drew my attention to it in the display I checked it out and only then saw that it was in graphic format So I read it asking what the graphic structure provided that wouldn t have been there otherwise Early on I noted a lot of talking head frames My first reaction was negative but then I noticed that the faces were distinguishable In fact there is a listing of sources by face as well as name and credential at the end of the book Saves a lot of he said she said and allows for an improved flow of information It also allows for some dramatic juxtapositions In the biofuels section a frame with a person filling a car the hose comes from a malnourished woman and child instead of a pump After a discussion of living on the amount of carbon that the earth can sustain per person and comparing it to poverty the frame shows a homeless man against a wall with a Nike advertisement and the words Just do it When he talks about climate change deniers one frame s illustration is of an old advertisement The cigarette most doctors choose And yes a few frames later it turns out that the scientists for each issue were the sameThe book is a survey of the science the philosophy and the politics of the climate issue told as a personal journey What does that decision gain It keeps the science etc from existing as theory only It invokes personal reaction It admits ambiguity and conflict as one observes contradictions and limits Suarzoni covers natural and human made climate change and illustrates with graphs graphs that are integrated in the graphic format than they would be in text with inserted figures He describes and critiues solutions showing both their potential and limitationsHe addresses personal and structural issues Climate has already changed he concludes we cannot stop it but can still mitigate its effects if we start soon enough A paradigm shift is needed from individualism to the common good of people and the environment He is not overly optimistic but neither is he entirely pessimistic There are several points where Suarzoni ponders how to begin then later how to end Each time the meaning is a bit different

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Ides a realistic balanced view of the magnitude of the crisis that An Inconvenient Truth only touched on Climate Changed is printed on FSC certified paper from responsibly managed environmentally sound sources Find teaching guides for Climate Changed and other titles at abramsbookscomresource. This book AMAZING The graphic novel format for this nonfiction book I read some reviews where people said there was no plot where was the novel really I can t even DUH is incredibly effective for illustrating the dire situation our world is in The memoir part interested me in terms of the author finding his place in all this and in showing how it is affecting everyone but really the book was effective for me in the rest of it In some places it felt like watching a documentary and watching interviews loved this format in some places it read like a nonfiction book with diagrams and charts and facts and analogies so well done while still making it all real human and readable relatable to the average reader This book is just so well done well told well illustrated well laid out well planned out and includes so much information in this one book that one can t possibly play ignorant after this One indeed may not know any answers there aren t any in here but there are tons of things to think about and tons of ways of seeing our impact our footprint on this world and just lots of different perspectives and all the arenas climate change is affecting because it isn t just the land or just the weather or just the people or just the animals it s also politics and infrastructure and social classes and our way of life and it s just ALL connected And on and on I keep talking about this book and its incredible super effective illustrations to everyone around me who will listen That s a sign this book is working Very good read Everyone should read this


10 thoughts on “Climate Changed

  1. says:

    This is a terrific graphic novel It is also the first book on climate change I've been able to finish And while it feels odd

  2. says:

    This is one of those books in which the person writing the book is writing about writing the book Suarzoni's process stands center stage his process of writing and also his orientation shift once he begins to really understand the mechanism of climate change Once this happens he wants to put what he learns into action and tries lowering of his carbon footprint So for example he chooses not to partake in airplane travel a

  3. says:

    I can't adeuately sum up how much this book has effected me It is such a thorough and eye opening account of the complexity and magnitude of the climate change problem It reads like a documentary film and it has terrified me into changing a lot of things about my life I feel like everyone should have to read this book

  4. says:

    I refuse to call the genre graphic novel because most of the graphic books I read are nonfictionIt was the title the past tense of the book that drew my attention to it in the display I checked it out and only then saw that it was in graphic format So I read it asking what the graphic structure provided that wouldn't have been there otherwise Early on I noted a lot of talking head frames My first reaction was negative but then I

  5. says:

    This book is super educational and made me think of my current choices in life and how I want to change them I think this might be a good book to make reuired reading in school it might change people and in conseuence how we treat the worldclimateI so wanna change the way everyone lives after reading this book It was super eye opening for me and I'd definitely recommend anyone to read it It being a graphic n

  6. says:

    This book made me scared and apathetic pretty much all at once Global warming is happening and we're pretty much screwed right now unless we make very large and deep changes to the way we manufacture and consume but there's no way that's going to happen with our current economic and political set up so I guess all I can do is apologize to my children and grandchildren for the shitty world my generation is leaving them with

  7. says:

    This book AMAZING The graphic novel format for this nonfiction book I read some reviews where people said there was no plo

  8. says:

    I read this book for a sustainability studio class and I'm thankful my professor assigned it It was definitely an eye opener regarding the different aspects of climate change The mix of data interviews personal thoughts and compelling imagery makes this a well rounded informative and often depressing account of the dire situation currently happening on our planet I've come away with new thoughts and emotions about climate change

  9. says:

    45 very informative with a funny relatable journey thread the interviews together A very meta book with a great ending Highly recommend to anyone with any level of knowledge or none at all about climate change

  10. says:

    Per FTC rules I received this book as a GoodReads First Reads giveawayBrilliant This book could really use 6 stars I had decided somewhat prematurely I suppose that graphic novels were not my bag However this one has changed my mind completely Well researched impeccably drawn brilliantly written M Suarzoni has