Many undergraduate Education Studies programmes include bio-ecological dimensions: making the world a better place for future generations. Climate change is a key feature and there is a need for students to have a breadth of understanding in the subject to inform their studies and to equip them to be part of the action required.
A Climate Change Companion is a superb book which achieves its aim of bringing the urgency of climate change to the general reader. It is full of the necessary technical information which is easily explained and readable and makes a compelling the case for action on climate change. Of course, there are lots of books available which do this, but which are often finger-wagging injunctions about the catastrophes ahead of us. Such texts can be depressing, making the reader feel powerless and that action is futile. Hicks’s book strikes a different note, making an optimistic case for a better world in a low-carbon future. He does this first by detailing what has already been achieved, and then by explaining what is possible in real terms.