New Internationalist

Funny Weather

March 2007

Reading cartoonist Kate Evans’ Funny Weather I couldn’t help making comparisons with Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Both set out to bring to a popular audience the science of climate change, its horrifying implications and the urgent need for us all to take dramatic action. But whereas An Inconvenient Truth takes you to the ‘OK everyone, panic!’ precipice and then leaves you dangling over the edge, the final chapter of Funny Weather is brazenly devoted to ‘Saving The World’. Evans – whose green credentials, unlike Gore’s, are squeaky clean – tackles the follies of jet-setting, offsetting, carbon sequestration and nuclear proliferation head-on and with humour. Her vision of ordinary people switching to low-carbon lifestyles, coming together in an unstoppable movement for political change and ‘sorting it out’ is inspiring. Buy this book, read it, give it away. Then, as Kate says, ‘better get on with it’.

This column was published in the March 2007 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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