March Climate Change Book Club

March 2 at 7 pm
Co-hosted by the Ohio Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby.

Learn more about the forces that have been holding back progress on climate solutions.

In our last conversation, we discussed innovative approaches to solving the climate crisis. In March, we will take a look at the ways in which entrenched interests have worked to undermine progress through coordinated disinformation campaigns. Our book will be The Petroleum Papers” by Canadian journalist Geoff Dembicki, and this time we are adding a podcast to the conversation. 

Register using the form at the bottom of this page. You will receive the Zoom link via email the week of the event.

In The Petroleum Papers, investigative journalist Geoff Dembicki tells the story of how the American oil companies ignored warnings about climate devastation as early as 1959. Instead of alerting the world to act on this impending global disaster, Exxon, Koch Industries, Shell, and others created ad campaigns saying climate change wasn’t real and that alternatives to oil would be an economic disaster. 

Dembicki also tells the high-stakes stories of people fighting back: the Seattle lawyer who brought Big Tobacco to its knees and is now going after Big Oil, a young Filipino activist who saw her family drown in a climate disaster, and a former engineer at Exxon who was pushed out for asking too many hard questions. With experts now warning we have less than a decade to get global emissions under control, The Petroleum Papers provides a step-by-step account of how we got to this precipice and the politicians and companies who deserve blame.

Geoff Dembicki is an investigative climate change reporter from Alberta, Canada, home of the largest tar sand deposits in the world. The book was published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute. Founded in 2010, the David Suzuki Institute is an evidence-based, non-profit organization that stimulates debate and action in Canada on critical issues of nature and social justice, with emphasis on the climate and biodiversity crises and their solutions.

The right-wing groups behind renewable energy misinformation. A conversation with journalist Michael Thomas. Volts is a podcast about leaving fossil fuels behind. Michael Thomas has been reporting on and explaining clean-energy topics for almost 20 years, talking to politicians, analysts, innovators, and activists about the latest progress in the world’s most important fight.

There are many ways to explore climate issues depending on time and interest — reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching documentaries. In 2023, GEO will be presenting all three forms of media and inviting you to select the ones you prefer.