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Weekend Recs: COP27 and the Climate Crisis

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Memorial Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

Today is the last (official) day of COP27, an annual international climate conference spearheaded by the United Nations. The conference allows world leaders, national representatives, and key climate activists to engage with the international problem of global warming and its various (and vast) environmental effects. This weekend’s rec will catch you up to speed on some of the key COP27 takeaways and climate change news.

If you have 7 minutes…and don’t know much about the conference, read this New York Times guide to COP27. Its Q&A format is perfect for those who may be unfamiliar. (This BBC guide is also very helpful).

If you have 10 minutes…and need some (rare) positive climate and environment news, read this article about how conservation efforts in Mexico has led to the return of jaguars to the Yucatan region.

If you have another 10 minutes…and are a visual learner, check out this article highlighting climate crisis photography. It truly showcases the good, the bad, and the ugly truths of global warming while managing to capture the beauty of the world around us.

Bonus: check out this video of President Biden talking at COP27.

If you have 15 minutes…and want to know a major takeaway from the conference, read this article from the New York Times. Developing nations, which are often the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, are calling for the biggest emissions producers to pay for the damage.

Bonus: check out this article for an overview of how some of the world’s biggest emitters, including the United States, are actually fairing in comparison to their proposed goals.

If you have 2 hours and 25 minutes…and want to commiserate in some of your  climate denial frustration, watch Netflix’s Don’t Look Up (2021). By now, I imagine many of you have already watched this, but it’s worth a re-watch, especially after recent events.

If you have 16 hours…and want to read a collection of essays on the climate crisis from experts and some hopeful solutions, read Greta Thunberg’s new book, The Climate Book.


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library.


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