After hearing from our climate change expert, Tamsin Omond, last week we have found you the best books to read on the subject. As COP26 approaches in November, everything is thinking more and more about the future and our part to play in it. The books on this list cover every possible aspect of the climate crisis we are facing, from how to help prevent it to how to prepare for more extreme weather events. With so many different areas of life to think about such as travel, food and fashion, it can all seem a bit too much. The best way to tackle feelings of worry and the unknown is to learn more about a subject, we have compiled a book list to help educate about a very complex topic.

The cover of 'Do Earth: Healing Strategies for Humankind' by Tamsin Omond. It features black and orange text over a white background and a blue green flame.

Do Earth: Healing Strategies for Humankind by Tamsin Omond

Do Earth looks at the climate crisis from a collective point of view, seeing how we can use collective action and community engagement to tackle the immense challenges we face. This book is about healing our relationships with nature and each other. It takes lessons from indigenous practices and community leaders to create a practical guide with gentle encouragement. Do Earth provides a blueprint for reimagining the world and reviving our beautiful planet.

The cover of 'Under the Sky We Make' by Kimberly Nicholas. I features white text over a colour block illustration of a landscape.

Under the Sky We Make: How to be Human in a Warming World by Kimberly Nicholas

After speaking to the international public for close to fifteen years about sustainability, climate scientist Dr Nicholas realized that concerned people were getting the wrong message about the climate crisis. Yes, companies and governments are hugely responsible for the mess we’re in. But individuals CAN affect real, significant, and lasting change to solve this problem. This book offers a hopeful, clear-eyed and hilarious guide to affecting real change starting with our own lives.

The cover of 'Our Changing Menu' by Michael P. Hoffmann, Carrie Koplinka-Loehr, and Danielle L. Eiseman. It features white and green text on a dark background. At the bottom corners of the page there are grains.

Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need by Michael P. Hoffmann, Carrie Koplinka-Loehr, and Danielle L. Eiseman

Our Changing Menu unpacks the increasingly complex relationship between food and climate change. The book takes readers through an entire menu, examining the way we interact with food and the changes that are happening within our food supply chain. Rounding out their story with the possible future impacts of climate change on our global food system, this book is a celebration of food as well as a call to action.

The cover of 'How to Save Our Planet' by Mark Maslin featuring black text and clip art illustrations on a pale blue background.

How to Save Our Planet: The Facts by Mark Maslin

Global awareness of climate change is growing rapidly, especially with COP26 coming up later this year. As the challenges of the 21st Century mount, including the climate crisis, we need to use the resources we have to save our planet. From the history of our planet and species to the potential of individuals and our power to create a better future, Maslin inspires optimism in these bleak times.

The cover of '99 Maps to Save the Planet' by KATAPULT and Chris Packham. It features white and black title text over a white map of the world on a blue background.

99 Maps to Save the Planet by KATAPULT and Chris Packham (Introduction)

This book presents a wealth of scientific knowledge and data in a collection of beautiful infographics, providing a snapshot of the destruction of our environment. Without providing any practical tips or going into the politics of working to prevent a climate crisis 99 Maps presents simple facts. Once we know them, what excuse do we have for failing to act?

The cover of 'Our Planet' by Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Fred Pearce and David Attenborough. It shows white title text over a photograph of earth.

Our Planet by Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Fred Pearce, and David Attenborough (Foreword by)

The official companion to the ground-breaking Netflix original series. This book is full of incredible and breathtaking photographs from the series, as well as specially commissioned maps and graphs. Working alongside the Netflix series, Our Planet gives readers in-depth information that cannot be put across on screen, revealing the impact of climate change on different environments and communities around the world.

The cover of 'How to Avoid a Climate Disaster' by Bill Gates. It features the title text in a gradient from blue to red on a white background.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates

Through this book, Bill Gates sets out an authoritative, wide-ranging and most importantly accessible plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions. After a decade of researching the subject, Gates lays out what both our governments and we as individuals can do to reduce our emissions and function more effectively. While these are not easy goals to achieve, this book shows that they are firmly within our grasp.

The cover of 'They Atlas of Disappearing Places' by Christina Conklin and Marina Psaros. It features white text on an image of a map.

The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis by Christina Conklin and Marina Psaros

Through a rich combination of place-based storytelling, clear explanations of climate science and policy, and beautifully rendered maps The Atlas of Disappearing Places depicts twenty locations around the world all facing their own unique problems. Using a metaphor of the human body to explain the parallels between natural systems and human systems the authors describe the various impacts of climate change.  

The cover of 'How to Prepare for Climate Change' by David Pogue featuring red text on a yellow background.

How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving Chaos by David Pogue

We are already living through the beginning of climate chaos, with erratic weather events and business moguls building bunkers. Author David Pogue offers sensible and deeply researched advice for how the rest of us should start to prepare. From managing your climate anxiety to riding out every type of climate catastrophe, readers will be prepared and know how to make smart choices if or when the time comes. 

The cover of the book 'The Fight For Climate After Covid-19' by Alice C. Hill. It shows the title in white text over overlapping images of the planet, an orange planet, and an illustration of a virus.

The Fight for Climate After COVID-19 by Alice Hill

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our world on a scale beyond living memory, taking millions of lives and leading to the lockdown of communities worldwide. Hill exposes parallels between the underutilized measures that governments should have taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 – such as early action, cross-border planning, and bolstering emergency preparation – and the steps leaders can take now to mitigate the impacts of climate change.