Beginner Reads For Your Sustainable Journey
The climate crisis is overwhelming, and it can feel like a problem that is never-ending and always changing. I personally feel much more empowered on my journey when I understand the topics I am passionate about, but that may just be the scientist in me! We have compiled some introductory books to get you thinking more broadly about the changes you are making, and how that is making a larger difference!
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What Is Climate Change?
Climate Change For Beginners by Dean Goodwin, Ph.D.
"The evidence continues to mount: Climate change is for real! But what does it all really mean, and what can we do about it? In this concise, highly readable narrative, a leading environmental scientist and educator takes a scrupulously balanced approach to explaining the history of global climate monitoring and change. Here are the who’s, how’s, what’s, when’s, where’s and why’s of the interaction between human activity and recent trends in the Earth’s climate."
Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
"Based on this forecast, author Mark Lynas outlines what to expect from a warming world, degree by degree. At 1 degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be lost. A 3-degree rise would spell the collapse of the Amazon rainforest, disappearance of Greenland's ice sheet, and the creation of deserts across the Midwestern United States and southern Africa. A 6-degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity. Based on authoritative scientific articles, the latest computer models, and information about past warm events in Earth history, Six Degrees promises to be an eye-opening warning that humanity will ignore at its peril."
Small Sustainable Lifestyle Changes
101 Ways To Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg
"If you're just getting started reducing your waste, this book is perfect for you, as it provides you with simple switches, DIY recipes, and words of wisdom to remind you that zero waste living is not about perfection, but about making better choices."
"If you're looking for tips for reducing your own waste and also tips on convincing others to join you as well (the author believes in the power of people banding together to create a ripple effect), this book was written for you."
Incorporate Plant Based Food Into Your Week!
"This recipe book shows you how to make flavorful and satisfying vegan meals from scratch every day, often in 30 minutes or less. She shares 150 mouthwatering recipes like Sweet Potato Red Curry with Rice and Purple Kale or Bistro Beet Burgers, and shows just how simple and satisfying meat-free food can be. The recipes are supermarket friendly and perfect for busy readers."
Forks over Knives : The Plant-Based Way to Health by Gene Stone
"After the ground breaking documentary Forks Over Knives, this book brings together the information presented in the film from doctors, scientists, and researchers such as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr. Colin Campbell. This book presents success stories, the benefits of a plant-based diet, tips on transitioning, as well as 125 recipes to get you started."
Dealing With Climate Anxiety
The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher
"Mary Pipher emphasizes the importance of taking small, positive steps to preserve what's important, drawing from her own experiences as part of a group fighting energy company TransCanada's installation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the Midwest, which will sit atop the Ogallala Aquifer, the source of 40% of the United States' fresh water. The challenges she confronts reveal surprising answers to the critical questions we face: How do we mobilize ourselves and our communities to work together to solve global problems? How do we stay happy amid very difficult situations? And what is the true meaning of hope? Both profound and practical, The Green Boat explains how we can attend to the world around us with calmness, balance, and great love."
Why Women Will Save The Planet by Friends of the Earth
"Big cities, with their often high levels of pollution, can be seen as a major problem when it comes to climate change. But big cities can also help be part of the solution for climate change, especially if women are empowered, argues Why Women Will Save the Planet. Showcasing pioneering city mayors, key voices in the environmental and feminist movements, and academics, the essays in this book make the case for women’s empowerment for climate action and the powerful change it can bring."
What Is Environmental Racism and Justice?
A Terrible Thing to Waste : Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A. Washington
"Science writer Harriet A. Washington illustrates the ways environmental racism hurts African Americans. In addition to sharing the facts, Washington explains to readers what they can do to combat environmental racism’s impacts on Black communities."
"Written by professor Nick Estes, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, the book is an account of the Indigenous-led movement against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, which transports oil underneath sacred Indigenous lands including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation. Estes puts the current movement into the historical context of the past two centuries of Indigenous activism in the U.S., exploring how years and years of resistance led to the #NoDAPL movement we know today."
*All books are linked to be purchased through a second hand thrift store so that you can Cut The Crap! in every way :) Check locally to see if you can check these books out at a library, borrow from a member of your community, or find at your own thrift store to reduce shipping and packaging.