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Climate Preparedness Week, 2021

Book Discussion Tips, Strategies, and Resources to Share

Possible formats for book discussion:

  • Virtual, outdoor, or small group walking book discussions are encouraged.

  • For one session: Estimated length 1 ½ hours, or whatever you prefer.

  • For a series:  Provide an introduction at the first session. Engage participants in identifying topics of interest or specific chapters to discuss for following sessions.

  • Optional: Form working/support groups following the discussion.

Tips for hosting the discussion:

  • Address the urgency and the importance of taking action. Prepare now!

  • Highlight specific information from the book.

  • Provide practical and local preparedness information.

  • If hosting a virtual book discussion, share supplemental resources for each topic in chat.

  • The book has a sense of humor. You can have a sense of humor with this discussion.  

Guidance for introducing the discussion

  • Emphasize that the weather is changing.The time for debating is gone. 

  • It’s time to get prepared! 

  • Read the first two paragraphs of the book’s introduction.

  • Explain that discussion will primarily be locally focused on Massachusetts.

  • Share some introductory material.  Examples:

    • Adaptation Era (page 4-5)

    • Why 417 PPM matters (p 10)

    • Climate chaos - “everything is changing, and all at once” (p13)

  • Ask:  What changes have you seen in the weather in the past couple years?

    • Examples: excessive summer rain, more severe hurricanes, drought, and dangerous air conditions in Massachusetts from fires on the west coast.

    • There are health implications for these issues - threats to water and food supply, heat-related deaths, increase in asthma, more ticks and risk for Lyme Disease.

    • Increase in the length of the allergy season.

    • The time to get prepared is now!

Questions: Including prompts, examples, and resources

Getting Started with Preparedness: What steps have you taken to prepare for extreme weather events?

  • Did you attend David Pogue’s keynote?  Any thoughts on it?  

  • How would you like to be more prepared such as the go-bags, insurance, evacuation plans, sheltering at home?  

  • What have you checked off?  What do you need to do?

  • Have you thought about where you live or relocating? (chapter 2)

  • Examples: drought, flooding, blizzards, tornadoes

  • Resource to share:

Taking Action:  What can you do now?  

Drought::  How are you preparing for drought?

  • What are you doing to prepare for water issues?

  • What resources does your community have?

  • How can we advocate for community resources?

  • Examples:  

    • Access to drinkable water/refill stations, access to food, heat safety,

    • Home preparedness, survival gardening (what to grow: beans/peanuts), plastic-free water solutions, rain-barrel programs

    • Note:  Plastic water bottles are not the answer - contaminated and hazardous for the planet.

Community Preparedness

Are you familiar with local emergency resources?


  • What have you considered about how the changing climate may affect your health? 
  • Were there any health impacts that surprised you?

  • What is your plan for filling in risk gaps you might have?

  • What preventative steps are you taking to support your physical and mental health?

  • Examples: Public health - mosquitoes, kidney stones, asthma, allergies, medications, mold 

  • Resources to share:

Wrap up/Final Thoughts:

“The world of sustainability warriors is crying out for your help - and offering to train you for the job.” (p25)

  • Best response to eco-grief and anxiety is to get involved and take action

  • Find Power In Groups (p26)

  • Share some examples of advocacy groups


Also, share an example of a local group like the CAN! Concord Climate Action Group or Climate Reality Massachusetts Southcoast

Resource to share:  Climate Prep Week Toolkit Books for Youth

Highlight a book available at your library such as The Story of Climate Change by Catherine Barr or I Have Right to Save the Planet by Alain Seres or The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary DeMocker.