I’m working on an exciting collaboration with over three hundred other people from over forty countries around the world. The project will result in a book being published. A book! And that book is called The Carbon Almanac. It’s all about climate change in a way that’s so engaging and easy to understand. We went ahead and read through documents like the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report Technical Summary (the what now?) so that you don’t have to. And turned them into bullet points, drawings, charts and infographics, and other easily readable pieces.
What is an almanac?
Modern almanacs include a comprehensive presentation of statistical and descriptive data covering the entire world. Contents also include discussions of topical developments and a summary of recent historical events.
Seems a little dry from its definition, although I do love a good almanac article.
WHAT IS THE CARBON ALMANAC?
From the book‘s back cover:
The Carbon Almanac is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between hundreds of writers, researchers, thinkers, and illustrators that focuses on what we know, what has come before, and what might happen next. (It) is the definitive source for facts and the basis for a global movement to fight climate change.
Very exciting, right? And I’m one of those writers and researchers. The project began back in September 2021 and the book will be published on June 21, 2022. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been creating! You can pre-order a copy of the book, check your favourite book supplier. And our website is already live with so much good information.
If you’re like me and thought that being “environmentally friendly” meant using recycling bins, re-useable water bottles and having Meatless Mondays and that was good enough, well, wow, we were all so wrong. But that’s okay, we’re learning.
I got to learn by researching, writing and collaborating. Facts, history, measurements. and also some art which was one of my favourite pieces. And what I learned needs to happen, very soon, are large-scale systemic changes. We need to be advocating for them, together, fast. And using re-useable water bottles. Meatless Mondays are great too, but maybe Tuesdays also, and wednesdays …
You can learn and advocate with me. Pre-order the book, check out the website, and stay tuned for other great resources being produced in tandem with the book like an email subscription, PDFs and podcasts.
STATIONERY IN THE PHOTO
P.S. Please add this documentary about Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky to your watchlist, it’s both beautiful and terrifying.
The chronic shift in the climate of the entire planet is going to be the most significant driver of change of the next twenty years.Seth Godin