Welcome to the Cool Davis Climate Review, quotes and inspiration from a new-ish genre of books and videos … and more! Visit our Cool Solutions page for a list of climate documentaries in the Resources section at the bottom.

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Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

Shared by Kendall Essex

Stop the Money Pipeline (from an organizational email)

Shared by Lynne Nittler

“One key thing to know about the atrocities playing out right now: they are being bankrolled by fossil fuel profits. Between forty and fifty percent of the Russian government’s budget comes from the oil and gas it sells to the rest of the world, including the United States.

Gazprom, the world’s largest producer of gas, is a majority Russian state-owned fossil fuel company that makes an incredible amount of money for the Kremlin. But Gazprom does more than help fund Russia’s war machine. Since 2009, it has used its supply of fossil fuels as a bludgeon to threaten Ukraine, cutting off the country’s supply of gas on numerous occasions.

And you know who is funding Gazprom? JPMorgan Chase.”

Email info@stopthemoneypipeline.com or do a search.

“Don’t Look Up,” a Netflix Original movie

“This isn’t happening, right? Kate, this isn’t real, right? This is just some sort of alternate reality, right? Say something.”

“What Do These Trillions Of Dollars Matter If We’re All Going To Die With The Impact Of This Comet?”

— Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy

“Are we really about to tell the President of the United States that we have just over six months until humankind, basically every species is completely extinct?”

“We’re Trying To Tell You That The Entire Planet Is About To Be Destroyed!”

“The Snacks Are Free.”

— Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Dibiasky 

“Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy,” a book by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone


“Thinking of courage and determination as things we do rather than things we have helps us develop these qualities. They emerge out of our engagement with actual situations and the dynamics that arise from our interactions. This approach is relational, and we call it power-with.


“Seeing with new eyes, we recognize that we’re not separate individuals in our own little bubbles but connected parts in a much larger story. A question that helps us develop this wider view is “What is happenening through me?” Is the sixth mass extinction happening through us as a result of our habits, choices, and actions? By recognizing the ways we contribute to the unraveling of our world, we identify choice points at which we cant turn toward its healing.”

Julia Levine, Poet Laureate for the City of Davis

Julia B. Levine is the author of Ordinary Psalms (Louisiana State University Press, 2021), and Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight (Louisiana State University Press, 2014), winner of the 2015 Northern California Book Award in Poetry. She is the recipient of first prizes in the 2020 Bellevue Literary Review poetry contest, 2019 Public Poetry Awards, and 2018 Tiferet Poetry Prize. She earned a PhD in clinical psychology from University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in poetry from Pacific University.

“These places lend themselves to poetry in such beautiful and unexpected ways.” (Julia was referring to places in Davis along our bike loop.)

Julie recommends: “Swarm” a poem by Nick Flynn (1960 –   ) https://poets.org/poem/swarm

“Resilience Matters” a free e-book from the Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Shared by Lorenzo Kristov

In 2021, all the good news came with an asterisk. American democracy survived an unprecedented assault, but remains bitterly polarized. Lifesaving COVID vaccines were developed in record time, but a large swath of the American public refused to get the jab. The Biden administration swept into office on promises to tackle climate change, but progress has been thwarted.

In this hopeful and frustrating year, our contributors connected the dots between public health, climate change, and inequality while illuminating the path forward in a year of change. Now, those stories and solutions have been collected in an e-book that is available online at no cost! 

Featuring our most groundbreaking pieces written by environmental thought leaders and activists, Resilience Matters is an invaluable resource that celebrates our collective progress, while highlighting how far we have yet to go.