This post is the first in a planned series calledRecent Reads Revealed, where I’ll share my reading list ~ I’m curious about yours too!
Are you ever curious what other people are reading?I am ~ especially when I know we have some similar interests!
I Love To Read and research things. So, now and then, I plan to post my Recent Reads in the hope it could be of value for others. I’d love to get a reading list conversation going within the community, so I welcome your comments!
This past week I’ve had a few opportunities to ponder the importance of talking about money and finances with friends and family. All of us have so much to learn, and so much knowledge to share (successes and mistakes), that it’s a shame that most of us don’t talk about money and are left to re-invent the wheel as we roll down our path to financial security.
I didn’t really plan to “retire” before 55. Here’s how I came to realize it was possible!
In my early 40’s, as many people do, I got restless about my career. I felt the need for more “meaningful work”. I was excited to find a graduate program that spoke to me, and I made the decision to work full-time and work on my Sustainable Management degree part-time…good start to my transition!
In the midst of this crazy time, on a vacation in the mountains, I found myself drawn to a book called Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement. I read it cover-to-cover a couple times on that trip, and my mental wheels started turning (aided greatly by the clarity of mind that hits me when I’m surrounded by the natural beauty of an alpine lake and snow-capped mountains).
Five years later, I had an education in a new field that was meaningful to me, and 2 years after that I took what felt like a big leap of faith and left my high-tech corporate career.
Here’s a book that could be interesting to quite a broad audience.
The dedication sets the tone: “To the Next Great Generation. Embrace science. Solve problems. Make things. Change the world.”
I learned quite a bit of science and technology that I believe increases my ability to understand more about climate change, and options and alternatives being debated. It’s a bit like a textbook – that’s got its pros and cons. If you skim/skip sections that are a slog for you personally, you won’t miss the overall message.
The book conveys a positive ‘can do’ attitude; about technologies that are vital to pursue to change the way we manage energy and water, and the importance of laws and policies that will guide us to do more with the resources we have.
The title isn’t referring to that climate change is Unstoppable, although a certain amount of warming and disruption is definitely baked in, rather that our species is unstoppable when we decide to rise to the challenges we face.
To be the Next Great Generation, we all need to step up, through our personal efforts, innovations we create, the policies we support, and the people we vote for.
So maybe you don’t really consider yourself an ‘activist’, but you understand and are concerned about climate change and its likely consequences, and struggle with what you could or should do to engage? If this strikes a chord with you, this book could be a thought-provoking read for you. It was for me.