The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go From Here
By: Hope Jahren
The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here, written by Hope Jahren is a look at climate change, how we’re using Earth’s resources, and what it all means for future generations. With The Story of More, Dr. Jahren gave us a deep dive into topics such as energy use (and disuse), waste, and how we – humans – keep trying to find new ways to make more out of less.
For our discussion, we focused on the aspect of less and what we’re doing to make sure our actions match our values. We also discussed what narrative you need to put forth in order to get people to care about an issue. One factor of this is the importance of examining our values in order to have a better sense of the next steps. Then, you have to make sure that you’re actually doing the things you say are important to you. Otherwise, it’s going to be very hard to convince other people that they should care about the same things you do.
Additionally, we focused on what we could be doing to help mitigate the effects of climate change. Even though the actions of a few are unlikely to make a huge impact, if we want to start moving toward a society where we want other people to care about things as we do, we have to be willing to do the work ourselves. Recycling, drinking from a reusable water bottle, utilizing reusable grocery bags, and cutting down on meat consumption were the most common steps among us.