The Story of More

by Hope Jahren

Our Main Takeaways:

It was amazing to see many of you last month for our book blub meeting. Thank you for making our discussion of The Story of More so thoughtful and engaging; we learned so much! Mitigating the effects of climate change is a goal we must all work towards, whether it’s as minor as unplugging your phone charger from the plug or decreasing the amount of meat you eat. We’ll long remember what author Hope Jahren said: “An effort tempered by humility will go much further than one armored with righteousness.”

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think Americans find it so hard to listen to/trust scientists regarding climate change and make the suggested changes (ie. using fewer fossil fuels)?  Does it go beyond the topics listed in the book, such as Big Business, convenience, and distrust in institutions (including health and scientific)?

  • Jahren tells us, “We must learn to live together if we want to live well.” Also, “most of the want and suffering that we see in our world today originates not from Earth’s inability to provide, but from our inability to share,” and “starvation is caused by our failure to share what we produce, not by the Earth’s ability to provide.” So, how can we shift from a mentality of selfishness to one of selflessness? 

  • How do we get from The Story of More to “The Story of Enough”?

  • What is one change you can make to help halt climate change? Do you think your family will join you? How can you bring your ideas into your community?

  • After reading the book, what are your feelings about the future of our planet?  Are they any different than they were before reading the book?