December 2017


Joy and Global Warming

Browsing at Kepler’s recently, I spotted two books that will make good additions to our library. One is about joy and the other about our global warming crisis, two topics dear to my heart these days.

The joy I refer to comes from truly appreciating the life that God has blessed us all with. The reason global warming is so dear to my heart is that I want very much for more people to appreciate the reality of how much our human activity is contributing to the long-term crisis that we are in today, which should motivate more action. The Book of Joy is by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams, and is about Tutu spending a number of days with the Dalai Lama in his home in Dharamsala to celebrate his 80th birthday. These two celebrated gentlemen reveal their playful side in a beautiful way, in photos as well as words. And in doing so they clearly reveal some rich common ground in their two religions.

Al Gore’s new book on global warming has the long title, An Inconvenient Sequel, TRUTH TO POWER; Your action handbook to learn the science, find your voice, and help solve the climate crisis.  As with his 2006 DVD about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, this book is designed to make an impact. It is more like a Powerpoint presentation than the normal style of book. As I as a scientist see the climate crisis, it is now roughly 20 years since it first became clear that human activity is the cause of at least half of the growth of the carbon dioxide-and-methane thermal blanket that Gore is primarily talking about.  So I find it most interesting to see in this book what changes humans have been making in these past 20 years. It’s significant, and that’s encouraging. I was frustrated to discover that the book has no Table of Contents, so I have created a minimal one that I have taped into our copy.

Rudy Dyck, Librarian