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Our Suggested Reading List for Changemakers:

At Creative Action Institute we believe lasting change starts within. When people understand the causes and effects of the issues that affect them and the world around them, they are better equipped to advocate for change.  Our suggested reading list is a collection of books related to climate justice. We hope it will help educate and inspire you to keep working towards making a healthy and just world for all!

Climate Justice Non-Fiction:


This solution oriented book explores steps we can take to reduce the total greenhouse gas emissions 45-50% by 2030, to end the climate crisis in one generation.

“In his usual inimitable way, Paul describes the most important solutions to the environmental and social prob­lems we have brought upon ourselves, and shows how they are inseparably linked. Regeneration is honest and informative, a rebuttal to doomsayers who believe it is too late.” - Jane Goodall

This is an anthology of perspectives from 60 women on the forefront of the climate movement.

“This astounding and ambitious eco-anthology is filled with whip-smart essays, heart-wrenching poems, and stunning visual art from an all-female cast….those who’ve been left out of the climate debate for too long…a powerful chorus of women armed with solutions for our changing climate." -Self

This beautifully illustrated dictionary provides details and examples of each included term.

Episode: We Can’t Solve the Climate Crisis Without Gender Equality. We’ll Prove It. Hosted by Alex Blumberg

How to Save Planet digs into all the questions you might have about climate change solutions, through interviews with experts and those trying new solutions. Check out the episode on gender equality!


The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar. Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity.

In Learning in the Age of Climate Disasters, author and award-winning teacher Maggie Favretti outlines the contexts and causes of "futurephobia" and then offers Regenerative Learning strategies rooted in nature’s principles for repair and redesign. She explains how tending the soil and cultivating the roots of (re)generative power (Love, Personhood, People, Place, Purpose, Process, Positivity) help us disrupt degenerative hierarchical fragmentation. She also explores methods for co-empowering youth creativity, agency, and hope. Chapters include interviews with and contributions by children and young people, as well as key takeaways (Seeds for Planting), and tools to help you implement the ideas. With this book’s thought-provoking concepts, you’ll be able to help students overcome eco-anxiety and find healing connection and meaning for more sustained, regenerative change.


Climate Fiction:


A novel that weaves together issues of climate injustice, colonialism, capitalism, and grassroots leadership. Narrative, Thula, is a young girl  who becomes a revolutionary.

Butler published this novel in 1993, which takes place in 2025 California. It explores issues of scarcity, drought, power imbalance, and immigration, through the story of fifteen year old Lauren Olamina.


In this novel, the northern states of the US ban fossil fuels resulting in a second civil war. The story follows the story of Sarat Chestnut, a southern girl, who becomes a IDP due to the conflict.


This novel is set at a time where the planet is significantly hotter, evolution has started to work in reverse, systems are in upheaval, and reproductive rights are under siege. Protagonist Cedar Hawk Songmaker is pregnant and fighting for her rights.

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