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The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change by Yoram Bauman

The Cartoon Introduction to Climate ChangeThe Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change by Yoram Bauman

My Rating★★★★☆

From the back cover of the book:

“Can’t wait!” —Godot

 

“Stand-up economist” Yoram Bauman wants us to learn more about climate change, and he intends to take us there laughing all the way. After all, climate change is serious business and the best comedy is provided by the most morbid of human fears.

Yoram and Klein’s aims are laudable, and by creating this cartoon introduction (which also throws in a good Big History lesson, to sweeten the pot), they make the ‘gloomy’ topic not only more accessible but also fun to learn about. And that could be an important first step, especially for kids (or those childish adults that run after the shopping carts).

Based mainly on the IPCC reports and statistics, this book is as hard-hitting as any other, but might find itself more digestible even by the nonbelievers. Of course, coming from an economist, there is a marked bias towards ‘market is the Answer’, running throughout the book. It is simplistic and doesn’t put forth any great ideas and the last section was, quite honestly, a waste of time. But the first three educational, non-policy-prescription sections are really worth your time and money.

See here for a quick video guide through the book (you can also donate to the project there): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/…

You can also get an early b/w peak of a draft of the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change via this 15-meg 2-to-a-page PDF.

I think this would be a good book to donate to your neighboring school’s library or suggest for your kid’s school, or even stock up for yourself – and hey, it is real eye candy too!

 


This book was provided by Island Press as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Book Reviews, Books

 

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Bleakness Can Be Inspiring

Bleakness can be inspiring:
A bloated river, a ruined city,
Pictures in an old history text-book;
A metropolis blinded by fog,
  Deafened by apologetic airline announcements;
A manual projection camera displayed,
Outside a renovated theater, taking the leap;
Scores of employees in funeral attires,
Walking back from their own graves.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Creative, Poetry, Thoughts

 

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Spirituality Survey

This is to help towards a research on Spirituality conducted by Dr. Himanshu Rai, IIM Lucknow. I would be grateful if you could go to the link Spirituality | Himanshu Rai, and complete the survey. The survey has 88 questions and It will take you 10 minutes (or less) to complete the survey. You may also want to check out my post on the how-to of meditation.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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The Wind’s Lament

I am the angry wind
that howls through these roofs.
I hear the whispers, the cries, the laughs.
I have no eyes, only ears.
I can see nothing, but hear the sum:
The minutest whisper, the hoarsest cry.
I drink in all, I delight in life.
I hear the laments, I try to caress
I hear the deceits, I lash out in rage.
I hear the empty preaching,
the murmurs - of the forced prisoners;
I hear of those anxious young desires,
to learn and progress -
in their rooms, when alone;
or in company, in discourses
on weighty matters,
in the loud chamber, with steel clanking:
and then, I bear their yawns, mixed
with the old voices teaching,
in those echoing rooms.
I was a zephyr,
but has been taught to sigh.
The young die here every day;
These graveyards of prisoners.
I escape each, and fly on
but more spring out every day -
capturing every empty corner.
 
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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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