ZCH Book Club

Environmental issues touch our personal lives as well as societal structures, affecting moral and ethical relations between humans and non-human life forms in so many ways. Writing and reading may not lead directly to practical action, but it can raise awareness of the possibilities and draw attention to the urgency of the cause they seek to present.

The Zero Carbon Harrogate book club aims to encourage members to read and then discuss various novels and works of popular non-fiction, across multiple perspectives, on the subject of the environment, to help think about the world in different ways.

Current book 

There Is No Planet B
Mike Berners-Lee, 2019 (Cambridge University Press)

Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics - the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do?

Next meeting dates


Wednesday, 9 December 2020 (7.15 - 8.30 pm)

Monday, 14 December 2020 (10.00 - 11.15 am)

These sessions will both focus on chapters 1-5, so please choose which date and time you prefer, and let us know. We will complete our discussion on chapters 6-9 in separate sessions after Christmas.

These will be Zoom meetings until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.


Final details on meeting arrangements will be available nearer the time. If you would like to join the Book Club please let us know

Looking ahead

Here is our bimonthly programme covering the first half of 2021. There are two sessions on different days, covering the same book / section, to allow as many people to be involved as possible, at a time that suits them best.

Monday, 18 January 2021 (9.30 - 10.45 am)

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 (7.15 - 8.30 pm)

There Is No Planet B (part two)
Mike Berners-Lee, 2019

The Overstory
Richard Powers, 2019



Monday, 15 March 2021 (9.30 - 10.45 am)

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 (7.15 - 8.30 pm)


A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough, 2020



Monday, 17 May 2021 (9.30 - 10.45 am)

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 (7.15 - 8.30 pm)


Lab Girl
Hope Larsen, 2016



Monday, 12 July 2021 (9.30 - 10.45 am)

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 (7.15 - 8.30 pm)


Flight Behaviour

Barbara Kingsolver, 2012


Previous books

The Wall

John Lancaster, 2018 (Faber)

The scene is Britain in the not-too-distant future. There isn't a single beach left anywhere in the world. Britain's coastline has been obliterated by a National Coastal Defence structure - The Wall. This disquieting novel is an environmental fable which manages to also be quite good fun!

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens, 2018

The author is a wildlife scientist, and her first novel is a murder mystery, a coming-of-age story and a celebration of nature. The scene is the marshlands of the North Carolina coast.

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