So Many Books, So Little Time
For us bibliophiles, this can be a conundrum: so many choices, we hardly know where to begin!!
This resource page lists books that we have personally found to be educational on our own path toward learning the facts about current and impending climate reality and comes with our highest recommendation!
This reading list is by no means complete, as evidenced by the piles of books in our living rooms, offices and bedside begging to be read. And because new bodies of evidence are constantly emerging, this list will be updated according.
.…and if you should have a favorite or two that you feel should be included, please feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toward a sustainable world for all,
~Christine and Rose
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Books and Publications
An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore. Leading-edge research from top scientists around the world; photographs, charts, and other illustrations; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. Will make even the most skeptical reconsider their denial.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power: Your Action Handbook to Learn the Science, Find Your Voice, and Help Solve the Climate Crisis, Al Gore. A daring call to action, this latest book is the handbook companion to Gore’s most recent documentary.
Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution Peter Kalmus. Merging science & spirituality, Peter shows us first hand the connection between our individual daily actions and the current climate predicament. An optimistic read about live beyond fossil fuels…
Clean Break; The Story of Germany’s Energy Transformation and What America Can Learn from It, Osha Gray Davidson. The European Union’s biggest and most powerful industrial economy is making a clean break from coal, oil and nuclear energy. It is doing something most Americans would say is impossible, but already Germany is running on 25% clean energy and it is on track to reach 80 percent by 2050. Some experts say it could reach 100 percent by then.
Climate: A New Story, Charles Eisenstein. By refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom, Charles cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the earth. A hopeful read!!
Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living, by The Union for Concerned Scientists. Discusses the most effective ways to cut your own global warming emissions by twenty percent or more, and explains why your individual contribution is so vital to addressing this global problem.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Making Things, William McDonough and Michael Braungart. A manifesto for a radically different philosophy and practice of manufacturing and environmentalism.
Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, Anna Lappe. The choices we make about our food and food waste contribute as much as one third of total greenhouse-gas emissions. Commit to healing the planet with better choices.
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Bill McKibben. Fundamental change is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance.
Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times, Stephanie Kaza. Collection of essays offering guidance on compassion and sustainable living to help us in an age of extinction and climate change.
Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution, Marcus Eriksen. One scientist’s journey from LA to Hawaii on a self made raft from plastic pollutants highlights the peril that disposable plastic has put on our oceans. An uplifting story that allows us to believe it is within our power to change our ways for the betterment of our planet.
Plastic Free: How I Kicked The Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, Beth Terry. Do you think it’s possible to live a life without plastic? Are you willing to at least live with less? Beth offers great ideas beyond the reusable grocery bag.
Quenching the Thirst: Sustainable Water Supply and Climate Change, George Annandale. Are you concerned about the scarcity of potable water? Written in lay person terms by a water resource engineer, addresses the current and forthcoming water inadequacy with solutions that we can implement today.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Elizabeth Kolbert. There is a mass extinction happening right before our very eyes.
The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientist, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet, Kristin Ohlson. Healthy soil solves a myriad problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. A must for gardeners!
There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years, Mike Berners-Lee. Practical, inspiring ideas for what you can actually do to help humanity thrive on this – our only – planet.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate Naomi Klein. Makes the case that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift—a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. Informative and Inspirational. And not a moment too soon!
Unfreeze Yourself: Five Ways to take action on climate change NOW for the sake of our family, your health and the planet, Christine Penner Polle. How to shift from fear and paralysis in the face of the climate crisis to joyful action.
The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability–Designing for Abundance William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Instead of protecting the planet from human impact, why not redesign our activity to improve the environment? We can have a beneficial, sustainable footprint. Abundance for all. The goal is within our reach.
The Urban Fix: Resilient Cities in the War Against Climate Change, Heat Islands, and Overpopulation, Douglas Kelbaugh. Addresses how urban design, planning and policies can counter the threats of climate change.
What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Climate Change, Per Espen Stoknes. Identifies the five main psychological barriers to climate action, and addresses them with five strategies for how to talk about global warming in a way that creates action and solutions rather than inaction and despair.