One Book, One Community

Shared Experiences Draw People Together.
Share a Book.
Share an Experience.

Shared experiences draw people together. That is why we are continuing the One Book, One Community (OBOC) program for its 13th year. Everyone in the school is invited to join together in reading and discussing a shared book, The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren.

What Should We Read Next? 

We're working on the 2022-23 selection. Suggest a book and read about previous programs in the meantime! Have ideas for our next book? This year's theme is mental health awareness. Submit by September 30! 

The 2021-22 OBOC Book

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here
by Hope Jahren

“Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back. At once an explainer on the mechanisms of global change and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it.”

(text from the back cover of the book

About the Author

Hope Jahren is a scientist and professor who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. Now she holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway. (Check out her lab’s website!) In addition to her academic work and accolades, she also authored a memoir, entitled Lab Girl.

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Speaking about The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here:

Dean Lichtveld on why she recommended this book:

"Confronting the dire threat of climate change and its impact on global health is a priority for our school, and this book provides accessible and foundational information about the root causes of climate change. I selected this book to encourage our Pitt Public Health community to reflect on how our multidisciplinary expertise can best contribute to climate and health action. This book urges us to build community resilience in the face of climate change and my hope is that it will start a dialogue on a range of related topics, such as consumption, growth, equity, adaptation, mitigation, and more."

Our Research and Partnerships on the Topic

Stay tuned for profiles on Pitt Public Health researchers and friends of the school who are involved in climate change-focused projects and research.

APHA is building understanding and awareness of the public health implications of climate change. Those include worsened air quality, changes in the spread of vector-borne diseases and devastation to communities due to extreme weather events like floods and coastal storms. We need strong climate change strategies and interventions that protect people's health.