Climate Action

In recognition of the increasing severity of the effects of climate change, the Library has curated a list of books and resources, that will inspire patrons of all ages to take action for a safer, greener and more sustainable future.

Don't forget to check out the Environmental Center on the 5th floor. The book collection there is a good place to start doing your green research, and the center's homepage has info on upcoming programs organized by the center's Program Manager.

About the Artists

Internationally acclaimed photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners and creative collaborators for more than three decades. They received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography in 2020.

In 1992, they discovered and fell in love with California's spectacular wildflower blooms in the Mojave Desert's Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve. This inspired a 27-year journey photographing wildflowers throughout the West, and, in 2011, their documentary art project, Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change.

Their work has been featured in Time, Mother Jones, and Sierra magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times. Throughout their careers they have been dedicated to using their images to tell compelling visual stories that create positive change and inspire hope and action.


Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate ChangeBeauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

To give wildflowers a voice art and science are seamlessly woven together in this stunning 12 time award-winning coffee table book. Conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter co-published Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change with the California Native Plant Society. 190 stunning floral superbloom landscapes and wildflower portraits are accompanied by inspiring personal storytelling essays by sixteen passionate scientists, environmental leaders and nature writers, eleven are women.

Foreword Review: “Eighteen short, insightful essays by a diverse group of scientists and nature writers tell the stories of these imperiled wildflowers and inspire action with suggestions for helping to tame ‘the beast.’”

Green Reads for Climate Action

Check out these fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages. You'll get informed, and maybe moved to action.

Digging Deep into Environmental Issues with eResources 

For a deep dive into environmental topics, try the EBSCO’s GreenFILE database, which draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more. Find GreenFILE on the Articles and Databases page.

If documentaries are more your taste, log in to streaming video source, Kanopy (second down in the link), and do a search for Environmentalism or Climate Change.