Finally, everything needed by those of us who are very concerned about climate change is collected in one place. The problem, the consequences and the solutions are all contained in this book. John Perona has done a great service to climate activism.
-Mark Reynolds, Executive Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Science, public policy and politics all come together in this book and show us how to survive and eventually thrive while ending the climate crisis.
-Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury
Scientists and activists seeking the best ways to help reverse the threats of climate change can often become paralyzed with indecision in the face of a dizzying number of policy options, all seemingly inadequate. Into this murky landscape, environmental biochemist John Perona offers an ambitious, articulate, and surprisingly optimistic roadmap in his new book, “From Knowledge to Power.” At once a basic tutorial on climate science, a catalogue of energy policies, a polemic against the oil industry, and a hopeful collection of short- and long-range solutions to the climate crisis, this unique book couldn’t be more timely. It inspires readers to think boldly about how they can become more engaged, drawing on Dr. Perona’s unusual personal journey as biochemist, chemical engineer, legal scholar, and political activist.
-Dr. Jonathan Fink, Professor of Geology and Director of the Digital City Testbed Center, Portland State University
John Perona’s From Knowledge to Power is unique among recent climate books; rather than an overview of the field or one person’s take on what we should do, it is a comprehensive guide written by an environmental biochemist who is dispassionate in reviewing the science, engineering and policy challenges associated with climate change, but passionate that we should act. As a climate scientist, I appreciated the thorough overview of the science of climate change, which includes some of the latest climate science research, such as tipping points, extreme event attribution and future emission scenarios. Just as useful is the section on climate advocacy, which traces the philosophy and origin of various movements. That section, as is true for the whole book, includes extremely helpful tables, in this case classifying advocacy groups from progressive to ecoright, which will help activists of all stripes find their natural home. All in all, this is the single best place to start if you are looking for a guide to acting on climate change.
-Dr. David Lea, Professor of Earth Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
“From Knowledge to Power” presents explanations of Earth’s climate and atmospheric chemistry, and their effects on society and the natural systems on which society depends, that are admirably clear and accessible to non-technical audiences. Additionally, the book explains how contemporary climate policy, including policy related to equity, follows from strong scientific evidence and consensus. This compelling volume will serve as a comprehensive, multidisciplinary resource for audiences with diverse interests and backgrounds.
-Dr. Erica Fleishman, Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and Professor, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
If you could read just one book to become an effective advocate for stopping global warming, this should be it. John Perona’s From Knowledge to Power equips climate advocates with the understanding of both the science of climate change and the many technological and policy solutions necessary to stop it. After laying a foundation of climate science fundamentals, it explains many of the various terms associated with climate solutions and along the way describes how climate activists can effectively advocate those solutions.
-Dr. Steven Ghan, Editor in Chief, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 2007-2016.
In FROM KNOWLEDGE TO POWER, John Perona provides an excellent handbook for anyone ready to take action to address the climate crisis. In a single volume, Perona provides a clear, accurate, and well written survey of climate science, climate solutions, and the current climate advocacy landscape in the U.S. This book is written for anyone who wants to find their place in contributing to a clean energy transition and a livable world. I highly recommend it!
-Dr. Carla Wise, author of Awake on Earth: Facing Climate Change with Sanity and Grace, and Executive Director, Power Up for Climate Solutions