Over the Christmas holiday of 2020, I tried to bring myself up to speed on climate change. What I have learned made me very concerned. It was much worse than I had thought. In fact, one reason that I decided to go back to work in China is to avoid flying every year to visit my family.
This page lists resources which helped me to realize how serious the situation is. Hopefully it would be useful for you.
If you only have time to read one book about climate change, then you should read Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency by Mark Lynas. It describes in chilling details the different scenarios given different levels of warming and why our action today is crucial for the continuation of humanity.
Other good books include
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells – A loud and clear wake up call.
The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery – The part on climate science is still sound 13 years after its publication.
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg Young people voice gives you some hope.
Six Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert – A beautiful elegy for all the spaces that have disappeared and will almost surely disappeared in the near future because of human activities.
My new favourite documentary film on climate change is Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World. It is hard not be moved by Greta's courage to tell the truth while the whole world is self-deluding.