Praise for Climate Courage
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About the book
Andreas Karelas brings an optimistic message we don’t often hear: we have all the tools we need to solve climate change—and doing so will improve our lives, our economy, and our society in countless ways. Climate Courage shows us how we can move past our collective inaction on climate change and work together in our communities to create a more sustainable, just, clean energy–powered economy that works for everyone.
To engage people in the climate fight requires that we tell new stories that are empowering, inclusive, and solutions-oriented, not based in fear. By emphasizing the rate of job creation in clean energy and the inspiring efforts of climate heroes on both sides of the aisle—including Republican mayors and governors, the military, faith communities, businesses, and community groups—Karelas shows us that climate solutions need not be polarizing and that citizens can drive the shift to clean energy.
Additional Praise for Climate Courage
Climate Courage is a gem of a book. I have been teaching about climate change for close to three decades. No other book comes close to explaining the challenges we face and, more importantly, the profound opportunities we are being offered in building a clean energy future. Read this book and give it to everyone you know.
Looking for a journey of optimism among today’s doom-and gloom headlines about climate change? This book is your tour guide. Thoughtful, well-researched, and thoroughly engaging, Climate Courage offers a real-world road map of hope and inspiration about the future of our planet and ourselves.
We now have the ability to harness clean energy technologies as tools for social justice. This book details how the community-based climate movement is making the clean energy transition a reality and tells the stories of the incredible people and organizations that show up for environmental, social, and economic justice every day.
In Climate Courage, Karelas highlights the human side of the fight against climate change—taking this big, intimidating issue and connecting it to individuals and communities. Tackling the climate crisis is about more than measuring greenhouse gas emissions and creating new technology solutions. Ultimately, it’s about people and how they choose to act. Climate Courage reminds us that the planet doesn’t have a political affiliation; there is just one Earth for us all to protect and enjoy.
This inspiring look at how and why solar can and should become a leading source of energy—and the diverse leaders on the frontline of change—is a must-read. Karelas is both ethical and practical, and his deep love for people and the planet suffuses every page.
The 2020s are supposed to be the decisive decade on climate, but until we’re rolling up our sleeves, doing what Andreas describes in vivid detail, we’re all “just talking.” Here’s a book on how to summon up the courage to do, not tell. Read it and you will get the gumption that you need to bridge the divides in America and do the work we need to save ourselves from our own worst impulses. Shine on!
To fight climate change, we need to broaden the conversation and include groups that have been consistently left out, especially those that will be worst affected, including communities of color and low income communities. Climate Courage tells the stories of those of us working to make climate an inclusive movement.