With Earth Day rapidly approaching, what better time to think about the world we live in? Our collection of books about environmental thinkers spans as far as the children’s book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Which book is your favorite? Let us know how you’ll be celebrating Earth Day in the comments below.
More Good News by David Suzuki and Holly Dressel
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This book is full of inspiring stories about individuals and groups that are making a real change in the world. Specifically, these people are implementing sustainable solutions that can be used around the world.
Countdown by Alan Weisman
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Every four-and-a-half days, Earth’s population grows by a million. Weisman has traveled the world asking experts how many humans the planet can hold without capsizing. The book explores how robust the Earth’s ecosystem must be for continued existence and how to arrive at an optimum population.
Deep Economy by Bill McKibben
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McKibben addresses a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it in this book. He focuses on the idea that we need to be less focused on “growth” and more focused on prosperity in terms of a local direction.
Heat by George Monbiot
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Monbiot explores if climate change can be stopped. In Heat, he demonstrates how we can have a 90% reduction of carbon emissions by 2030 without ending civilization as we know it.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
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Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s book is commonly recognized as a story about the danger corporate greed can pose to nature. The Once-ler gives the boy wise advice regarding caring about the issues and making the changes needed to bring the Lorax and his friends back.
Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril by Kathleen Dean Moore
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Contributors from all over the world have added to this book that serves as a call to honor our responsibility to the planet. Sustainability plays a big role in the very diverse book.
The Responsibility Revolution by Jeffrey Hollender
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The book discusses how to create a company that sustains by striving to be “all good”. The Chairman of Seventh Generation knows what he’s talking about and aims to create a socially and environmentally responsible culture.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
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The Sixth Extinction covers past mass extinctions and describes how we’re in in the process of a “sixth” extinction. Focusing specifically on flora and fauna, Kolbert explains that by the end of this century 20% to 50% will be lost.
Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming by Bjorn Lomborg
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Lomborg argues that the many expensive methods we’re now using to combat global warming won’t really help us in the long run, and that we should instead turn to other more cost-effective methods that will also benefit other issues. The book was recently recommended by theoretical physicist and mathematician, Freeman Dyson, in the New York Time’s “By the Book”.