The Climate Change Game
Written by Bruno Pinto, Quico Nogueira and Nuno Duarte, this comic book tells the story of a young woman, Sofia, who was proposed to develop a board game about reducing climate change.
After traveling around Europe and collecting material and ideas, he understands the effects of climate change and the role of activists, local authorities and schools in promoting urgent behavior change.
Published in 2021, the book shows that environmental issues are a challenge for everyone. At the end of the trip, which turned out to be a great discovery, the young woman understands that her game should not be a competition, but a cooperative one – because we can only face climate change if we unite to act.
Portugal, Year 2071
Portugal has a Mediterranean climate – mild, one might say. We are currently witnessing an increase in temperature and a consequent decrease in rainfall, but not only that: bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, we also suffer from the pollution of which it is a victim. That is why “of all the countries in Europe, Portugal is the most vulnerable to climate change”, explains journalist Isabel Lindim.
We know what it’s like to live in Portugal today, but what will it be like 50 years from now? The answer to this question is projected in the book – and is given by 30 specialists from areas such as Geography, Biology, Health and Physics.
But calm down, not all is lost: Portuguese scientific knowledge can be a hope, if measures are implemented, which are necessary and urgent, to avoid the worst.
Saving the Planet Starts at Breakfast
We know the urgency of the climate crisis, we recognize that it is a consequence of our actions, but we don’t know what to do. We have been seeing several calls, but no one tells us where to start. To show us that changing habits can make a difference, Jonathan Safran Foer published this book in 2020.
He directs his speech towards the agricultural and livestock industry, which he claims is responsible for a large part of the greenhouse gas emissions. In order to save the planet, he suggests, for example, that we be able to resist a juicy steak. The conclusion is that with small gestures you can also make a difference. Among so many options, Foer highlights the reduction in the consumption of foods of animal origin.
Health and the Planet: The Battle of Our Lives
The current pandemic deserves the highlight of Ana Maria Aleixo, in the book she published earlier this year. With a PhD in Medicine and Cardiology, she alerts readers to the impact of climate change on health.
It describes the pandemic context as being the “wake up call [chamada de atenção] of the Anthropocene”, reads the synopsis. And it explains how everything that involves the climate – the rise in temperature, for example – also affects health.
How to Avoid a Weather Disaster
Achieving carbon neutrality is half the battle to avoid a climate disaster – and who says it is Bill Gates, in the book published in 2021. He studied the causes and effects of the environmental crisis we are currently experiencing and, with the help of experts, outlined a plan to prevent the catastrophe that has been announced.
Based on his knowledge in the area of innovation, he underlines the power of technology, in particular in the reduction of gas emissions. It also exposes the need for new solutions and indicates who is already developing them. In the book it recommends policies that governments should adopt, and measures that we can all take to ensure the success of this objective.
Climate Change: What We Know, What We Don’t Know
Who never acted without knowledge and self-medicated? Almost all of us, let’s be honest, but the truth is that, in addition to being dangerous, it is a negligent act. We don’t want to be irresponsible to the planet, right? So let’s inform ourselves and act with conscience, suggests climatologist Judith Curry.
It positions itself on the other side of the road and questions some of the solutions that, over the years, have been presented and given as effective. Acting without knowing the cause can be highly harmful to the health of the environment and can also generate a human catastrophe.
Text edited by Amanda Ribeiro