Humanity’s Moment

Humanity’s Moment

Joëlle Gergis

When climate scientist Joëlle Gergis set to work on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, the research she encountered kept her up at night. Through countless hours spent with the world’s top scientists to piece together the latest global assessment of climate change, she realised that the impacts were occurring faster than anyone had predicted.

In Humanity’s Moment, Joëlle takes us through the science in the IPCC report with unflinching honesty, explaining what it means for our future, while sharing her personal reflections on bearing witness to the heartbreak of the climate emergency unfolding in real time. But this is not a lament for a lost world. It is an inspiring reminder that human history is an endless tug-of-war for social justice. We are each a part of an eternal evolutionary force that can transform our world.

Joëlle shows us that the solutions we need to live sustainably already exist – we just need the social movement and political will to create a better world. This book is a climate scientist’s guide to rekindling hope, and a call to action to restore our relationship with ourselves, each other and our planet.

Judge’s Comment

Unanimously selected, this book responds to the climate emergency with science and feeling, from the insider perspective of Joëlle Gergis, a leading climate scientist contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The book more than translates the global, complex science behind IPCC reports into clean prose. It compels the reader through the emotional heft of a crisis facing everyone. Joëlle opens up about the emotional as well as scientific rigors of research, making her call to action hard to put down. This is a book for a moment in history that excludes nobody. The muted and beautiful book cover draws the potential reader. Author and publisher should be commended for bringing a powerful and attractive work to market.

Shortlist, Winner, Scholarly Book of the Year
Resource type
Student Resource
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
August 2022
Print or blended

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