There were several comprehensive climate reports issued in the spring of 2014. Here are links for the IPCC and NCA, which also have PDFs available on their websites.

PDF: What We Know The Reality, Risks and Response to Climate Change
The AAAS Climate Science Panel
American Association for the Advancement of Science

PDF: Climate Change Evidence and Causes 
The Royal Society and the National Academy of Sciences (2014)

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (2014)
IPCC Working Group II

Climate Change Impacts in the United States (2014)
National Climate Assessment

PDF: The End of Australia in Rolling Stone October 13, 2011 Jeff Goodwell



These are  a selection of short essays that serve as prompts for classroom conversation.

Essays taken from

PDF: Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, editors

James Gustave Speth  The Limits of Growth 

Gus Speth, former Dean of the Forestry and Environmental Studies School at Yale, gives a concise analysis of the impact of human economic activity on the Earth’s ecosystem, and what is required of us to reckon with it.

Oren Lyons Keepers of Life

Onandaga chief Oren Lyons says we are, from the perspective of the native peoples, living in a time of prophesy, a time of definitions and decisions, and that we hold the option to choose the Path of Life for the future our children.

Thich Nhat Hanh The Bells of Mindfulness

Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh calls for a collective awakening. If we continue to live as we have been living, consuming without a thought for the future… then devastating climate change is inevitable.

bell hooks Touching the Earth 

Activist African-American writer and scholar bell hooks writes of the sense of union and harmony with nature both understood and largely lost by black Americans, given the hardships of race and class they have faced.

Thomas Berry The Great Work

The great writer, cultural historian and theologian Thomas Berry sites the current extinction process as caused by human action within a cultural context shaped in a biblical-Christian and classical-humanist matrix. He calls for a new story of the universe that would allow us to appreciate the primordial unity of origin of every other being in the universe.

Barbara Kingsolver How to be Hopeful 

In this commencement address given at Duke in 2008, writer Barbara Kingsolver challenges our cultural definition of success, and tells the graduates that the central question of their adult life will be: to escape the wild rumpus of carbon-fuel dependency, in the nick of time. … the new Emancipation Proclamation will not be for a specific race or species, but for life itself.




A short film that explores the Overview Effect through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced it. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

Maya Lin on What is Missing and Greenprint

Artist and architect Maya Lin talks about her latest work (and last memorial) related to the massive extinction now underway, and what we can do to shift our behavior in order to address the environmental challenges we face.

Naomi Klein on This Changes Everything

Speaking at the Seattle Town Hall on September 28, 2014 (soon after the People’s Climate March), author and journalist Naomi Klein shares the key analysis of her new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. The first 25 minutes of the talk would work well as a prompt for class conversation.

Mary Christina Wood on the last Moyers and Company show

The last episode of Moyers and Company (January 1, 2015) features Mary Christina Wood, a legal scholar who is helping spearhead a major lawsuit in a crusade called atmospheric trust litigation, using public trust doctrine. It is one of a series of climate change conversations and articles you can find on his website.


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