Jem Bendell, "Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy" ( and "After the Despair" are fascinating and heart-rendering analyses of how to deal with what the science points to as "inevitable collapse, probable catastrophe, and possible extinction" (


Per Espen Stoknes " Rethinking climate communications and the “psychological climate paradox” (\


Good Grief Network (

On teaching climate change in the environmental humanities:

  • Siperstein, Hall and LeMenager, eds.,Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities

  • Sarah Jaquette Ray, A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety, and her essay in Bladow and Ladino

  • Adamson and Davis, eds., Humanities for the Environment: Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice.

  • Stephanie LeMenager, “The Humanities After the Anthropocene” in Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities 

  • Kyle Bladow and Jennifer Ladino, eds., Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Environment

  • Kari Norgaard, “Climate Denial” in The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (or shorter version, “The Emotions of Climate Apathy” in Mobilizing ideas)

  • Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

On embodied/mindfulness-based pedagogy and activism:

  • Batacharya and Wong, eds., Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization. 

  • Beth Berila, Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

  • James Rowe, “Zen and the Art of Social Movement Maintenance” in Waging Nonviolence; scholarly version:\ “Mindfulness and Collective Liberation: Mind-Body Practice in Left Social Movements” in New Political Science

  • James Rowe and Mike Simpson, “Lessons from the Front Lines of Anticolonial Anti-Pipeline Resistance, also in Waging Nonviolence

  • Ronald Purser and David Loy, “Beyond McMindfulness” in Huffington Post

  • Stephanie Kaza, Mindfully Green (a bit dated but still the most helpful thing I’ve found for connecting mindfulness with environmental practice)

  • Stella Cottrell, Mindfulness for Students (Palgrave Study Skills series; not environmental at all, & too textbooky for an advanced course, but impressive for what it is; worked well in a first-year writing class)

  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Land as Pedagogy” in As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance [and interview with her in Hern and Johal]

Cli-fi and other texts:

  • Rita Wong, Beholden: A Poem as Long as the River (2019), Perpetual (2015), Undercurrent (2015)

  • Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140 (2017)

  • Marge Piercy, He, She and It (1991)

  • Ben Lerner, 10:04

  • Philippe Squarzoni, Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through the Science 

  • Juliana Spahr, poems from Well Then There Now

  • Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior

  • Nathaniel Rich, Odds Against Tomorrow

  • Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

  • Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation

  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies (experimental fiction about Indigenous resurgence, not climate change directly, but indescribably brilliant!)

  • Matt Hern and Am Johal with Joe Sacco, Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale

  • Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell and 2016 edition of Hope in the Dark 

  • Hop Hopkins, “Racism Is Killing the Planet,” in Sierra Magazine of all places

  • Elizabeth Kolbert, “Green Like Me” (New Yorker critique of No Impact Man and green consumerism)

  • Naomi Klein, “Stop Trying to Save the World All By Yourself” (heartening commencement address reprinted in On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal)