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CCL Tacoma Study Group

Please join us!  We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at noon, via ZOOM.  Our goal, as part of CCL Education, is to provide a space to discuss books, articles, documentaries, and other media about climate activism and related topics.  The stimulating discussions and friendly support help us to deal with the challenges of these times.

The dates, reading materials, and Zoom links for meetings are on the homepage under Upcoming Chapter Events.”


Contact Sue Lepore with any questions.

January 2023

List of Materials 2020-2021

The Overstory by Richard Powers, 2018.  Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about people and trees.


The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Ton Rivett-Carnac, 2020.  They led the negotiations for the UN during the Paris Agreement.


“2040” a documentary of 2019 by Damon Gameau, who travels the world meeting with innovators about climate solutions.


Clade by James Bradley, 2015.  Novel about a family coping with planetary changes.  Australian author.


Carbon Pricing: A critical perspective for community resistance by Indigenous Environmental Network, 2017. It’s a free PDF download, about 50 pages. It’s a critique of why they don’t support carbon pricing as a viable solution.  We try to reach for and understand conservatives but how about the progressive left?  


Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer, by Bren Smith, 2019.  Fascinating life story and a hopeful climate solution.

Grassroots Rising, a call to action on climate, farming, food, and a green new deal by Ronnie Cummins, 2020. Transforming our food system is a great climate mitigation action.

Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right and How We Can, Too by George Lakey, 2016. An excerpt, Chapter 13, on the clean energy successes of this region.


Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist by Kate Raworth, 2020.  A brilliant and revolutionary model for meeting the needs of all while staying within the limits of the planet.


Caste: the Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, 2020.  Pulitzer Prize-winning expose of the underlying caste system behind white privilege and racial bias.


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, 2018.  Thoughtful treatment of race relations in the U.S.


So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 2018.  Frank, hard-hitting, and very useful.  A Seattle-based author.


The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, 2021.  By an acclaimed sci-fi author, but with so many fascinating “info-dumps” about climate solutions that it seems halfway non-fiction.  Visionary—we keep referring to it as a possible “guide” to the near future.


Various articles from The Economist and from Yes Magazine


How To Avoid a Climate Disaster: the Solutions we Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates, 2021. Recommendations from the business and technology giant, including nuclear power.

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene by Roy Scranton, 2015.  “Calls for a reimagined humanism that will help us meet our stormy future with as much decency as we can muster.” (Naomi Klein)


“Seaspiracy” a 2021 damning documentary about industrial fishing’s impact on ocean life. 


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, 2013.  An excerpt, “Windigo Footprints” on the monstruous greed and ruin caused by capitalist consumer culture.


“Biggest Little Farm” a 2018 documentary by John Chester about developing a sustainable farm on desolate ground outside of Los Angeles.


Various articles from The Economist.

Everything Change Vol III, an anthology of short stories about climate change and the future, 2021.  Free download. 


“Breaking Boundaries: the Science of our Planet,” a 2021 documentary by Johan Rockstrom, narrated by David Attenborough.  Excellent big-picture science and visuals explaining how human activity has broken the boundaries of most of our planet’s stabilizing systems, but ending with a positive note on “solutions.”  

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, 2021.  Geeky fun not just for geeks!  The whole planet must work together to solve an existential threat by the skin of their teeth...sound familiar?

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