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New Climate Change section in Cornwall’s Libraries

Cornwall’s libraries are now among the first in the UK to offer new books and resources containing some of the latest thinking and writing on climate change.  

This reflects the world’s greatest talking point, and the Council’s own declaration of a climate emergency in January 2019. The new library service, available online or in any branch, will be launched tomorrow at Penzance Library, St John's Hall, Alverton Street at 11.00 am on Wednesday 5 February.   

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Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, says: “This is the subject on everyone’s lips, and one of the Council’s highest priorities is charting a course to zero carbon. So I’m very pleased to see Cornwall’s libraries stocking e-resources, books and reports.” 

“These reading materials are so important to young enquiring minds, to students who will become the scientists, environmentalists and decision-makers who can save our planet, and to everyone who takes this threat to our future seriously. We all want Cornwall to be well-informed, and to lead by example.”  

The resources on offer cater for all ages and interests. There are over 150 titles spanning the weighty report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) through to new and bestselling titles such as Wilding by Isabella Tree.  

Importantly, there is a section for young children up to and including young adults, with a range of accessible writings from The Great Auk by Jan Thornhill to No one is too small to make a difference by Greta Thunberg. 

The famous 16 year old Swedish teenager says: “Some people say that I should study to become a climate scientist so that I can ‘solve the climate crisis’. But the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” 

Edwina adds: “Greta is right, the facts and solutions are all here. This collection in Cornwall’s libraries will appeal both to those wishing to increase their awareness of environmental issues, and those seeking to make practical lifestyle changes that will better protect the natural world. Please use your local library to learn more about climate change, and tell your family and friends to do so too.” 

Edwina Hannaford will be joined at Penzance Library by pupils from Trythall Community Primary School, representatives of Plastic Free Penzance and Cornwall’s Library service.  

To access this list of special resources use the search term climatechange (without a space) on the online library catalogue at

Some of the titles are also available in e-book or e-audiobook format on Borrowbox (check for details) 

The Climate Change collection is available now in local libraries, or you can ask for resources to be delivered to your local branch. 

Story posted 4 February, 2020