Welcome to the Anthropocene. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, human-caused climate change has impacted the globe with the burning of fossil fuels. The debate in classrooms and the political realm should not be whether climate change is happening or how much it places human civilization at risk but over how societies and individuals should respond. This interdisciplinary book offers an in-depth examination of the history of the Earth’s climate and how historians and citizens can influence contemporary climate debate and activism.

The author explains climate history and climate science and makes this important subject matter accessible to a general audience. Chapter topics include examining the Earth’s geological past, the impact of climate on human evolution, the impact of climate on earlier civilizations, climate activism, and the need for international cooperation. Presenting climate history, human history, and climate science in a readable format and featuring resources for students, this book is meant for use by teachers in high school elective or an introductory college course setting.

chapter 1|5 pages

“Our House Is on Fire”

chapter 3|7 pages

Tipping Points

chapter 4|4 pages

Great Climate Migration

chapter 5|6 pages

Earth's Past Climates

chapter 6|6 pages

Climate Change and Human Evolution

chapter 7|6 pages

Extreme Heat

chapter 8|7 pages

Four Billion Years of Climate History

chapter 9|6 pages

Mass Extinctions

chapter 10|5 pages

“Clocking” Climate Change

chapter 12|9 pages

Climate Change Deniers and Minimizers

chapter 13|8 pages

A Short Cold Snap of About 500 Years

chapter 14|5 pages

Power of Ice

chapter 15|4 pages

Climate Repercussions

chapter 16|9 pages

Water Scarcity, Water's Vengeance

chapter 17|7 pages

Technology Debate

chapter 18|6 pages

Saving the Amazon Rainforest

chapter 19|12 pages

Capitalism vs. the Climate

chapter 20|17 pages

Climate Activism