Climate Summer Reading List

23.12.20 By

2020 has been a big year, in more ways than one, so hopefully you’ve got some time to kick back and relax this summer. If you’re looking for something to break up the beach reads or Boxing Day blockbusters, look no further than our climate summer reading (and watching and listening) list!   


The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

What better way to start things off than with our first Climate Council Online Book Club! ‘The Future We Choose’ was written by two instrumental leaders in negotiating the historic global Paris Agreement. This book challenges us to choose between two possible scenarios for our planet and builds a compelling case to tackle the climate crisis head-on with hope and determination. Check out the book club episode here

Windfall by Ketan Joshi

This book, by renewable expert Ketan Joshi, explores “ a future where communities champion equitable new clean tech projects, where Australia grows past a reliance on toxic fuels, and where the power of people is used to rattle fossil fuel advocates from their complacency.”

The Climate Cure by Tim Flannery

After something that brings you up to speed on the state of climate in 2020? The Climate Cure – by our very own Chief Councillor Tim Flannery – explores how 2020 has flipped the climate debate on its head and exposes who is left standing in the way of action. Plus, check out the book club episode featuring Tim and Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie!

Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia by Joëlle Gergis

If you really want to get stuck into the science and what climate change in Australia looks like, ‘Sunburnt Country’ by Climate Councillor Joëlle Gergis is the book for you, as it “pieces together Australia’s climate history for the first time.”


So you want something about climate change, but also want to escape? This is where ‘cli-fi’ or climate fiction can come in handy. Why not try Clade by Australian author James Bradley, the story “of one family in a radically changing world”, or Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver, about climate change’s impact on monarch butterfly migration – and what that means for a small Appalachian town. 




Directed by Damon Gameau, 2040 is “a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important now.” 2040 explores the solutions that are available to us now – economic, technological, agricultural and more – so we can create the future we want. It is a story of hope. And check out our conversation with Damon here

I Am Greta

In one dizzying year, Greta Thunberg went from sitting alone on the steps of the Swedish Parliament, to speaking to world leaders at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change. ‘I Am Greta‘ provides an intimate look at Greta’s home life, and explores the extraordinary pressure she faced when thrust into the global spotlight. It’s a bit of a tear-jerker – you’ve been warned! 

We interviewed Nathan Grossman, the director and filmmaker of I Am Greta, in our most recent book club! Check it out here



Hot Mess by ABC Radio National 

More in the mood for something to listen to? This ABC podcast delves into a range of aspects of climate change, from the politics, to the psychology, to the science.

A rock star of climate change science: Lesley Hughes

Check out this podcast with Climate Councillor Lesley Hughes, who has over two decades experience in researching the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. We agree, she’s a rock star!


and stay tuned…

For former Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW and Climate Councillor Greg Mullins’ upcoming book ‘Firestorm‘ – listed here in the most anticipated books of 2021.