Think globally, act locally with Greening Rozzie!

This Changes Eveything

Greening Rozzie has provided us with a great list of books about climate change. Among them is Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, a brilliant take on why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways.

Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market has not--and cannot--fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Another book from their list includes Winning the Green New Deal: Why We Must, How We Can, an urgent and definitive collection of essays from leaders and experts championing the Green New Deal -- and a detailed playbook for how we can win it -- including contributions by leading activists and progressive writers like Varshini Prakash, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Bill McKibben, Rev William Barber II, and more. For anyone looking to understand the movement for a Green New Deal, and join the fight for a livable future, there is no resource as clear and practical as Winning the Green New Deal.

Winning the Green New Deal

You can find these books and many more on our Climate Change/Climate Justice virtual shelf. And you can learn more about Greening Rozzie and how to get involved at

BPS Summer Reading Together

Born a Crime

The Boston Public Schools’ "Summer Reading Together" program suggests one book for students in each grade level to read over the summer, which we have featured on a new virtual shelf. You can also find an extensive list of suggested readings broken down by reading level and genres at You can find all these books using the Bookshop search bar or at your local branch of the Boston Public Library.

The shelf can be found here:

One of my favorites on the list is Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which uses humor to tell the riveting tale of the comedian’s early life in Apartheid and then post-Apartheid South African and his mother’s fearless efforts to chart her own path despite the brutality of entrenched racism.

City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo shares some of his most cherished books and graphic novels

Each month, Rozzie Bound chooses a local author or thought leader to serve as our Book Ambassador. In case you missed it, our BA for June was District 5 City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo. Check out his virtual shelf to discover some of the books that have inspired a career dedicated to racial and social justice, such as Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, The Color of Law, The War Against All Puerto Ricans, and When We Fight We Win, featuring reflections by the leading activists of our time.

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