Here are the Top 20 environmental books we recommend to our customers (in no particular order). You can also find us on Shelfari!
|"The Transition Handbook"
by Rob Hopkins
A transition town is a town that is planning ahead for the time when our over-dependency on oil shifts to a dependency on more sustainable energy sources - and the outcome is optimistic. The British grassroots "Transition Towns" movement is a guide and motivator. Learn how several U.K. towns are preparing for the twin threats of climate change and peak oil.
|"Hot, Flat, and Crowded"
by Thomas L. Friedman
Freidman's phenomenal number one bestseller, The World Is Flat, has helped millions of readers to see the world in a new way he calls the Energy-Climate era. This book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How it Can Renew America, explains that we must act quickly and America must lead the way.
|"Climate Change 101: An Educational Resource"
by Andy Reisinger
This scientifically based resource book provides a clear and precise summary of our current knowledge of climate change, its potential impacts, the scope for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and how to adapt to the inevitable changes that are occurring.
|"Cradle To Cradle"
by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
"Through historical sketches on the roots of the industrial revolution; commentary on science, nature and society; descriptions of key design principles; and compelling examples of innovative products and business strategies already reshaping the marketplace, McDonough and Braungart make the case that an industrial system that "takes, makes and wastes" can become a creator of goods and services that generate ecological, social and economic value."
|"Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things"
by Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie
"What began as a joke, an offhand thought, quickly became a two year megaproject. The more we chewed it over, the more doable it seemed. What better way to demonstrate, in concrete terms, the impact of daily life on the pollution load our bodies all carry than to deliberately ingest a whole bunch of these suspect substances and see whether they did, in fact, linger in our systems?"
|"Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems"
by Van Jones
A book of solutions in a time of crisis, we are introduced to a Green New Deal of environmentalism by Jones to help solve the problems of oil dependence, a sagging economy, and global warming itself, transforming these looming threats into enormous financial opportunities.
| "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed"
by Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, investigates what made great societies collapse, and what can we learn from those mistakes? Collapse raises the urgent question: how can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?"
|"Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet"
by Mark Lynas
"With up to six degrees of global warming on the cards over the next hundred years, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), what will happen to our coasts, our towns, our forests, our rivers, our croplands and our mountains?"
|"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life"
by Barbara Kingsolver
Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Barbara Kingsolver's non-fiction narrative tells the story of how her family was changed during one year of eating food produced either locally or by growing it themselves - or they would go without it.
|"The Discovery of Global Warming"
by Spencer Weart
This book tells the epic story of how scientists came to even imagine, discover, and then understand the situation of climate change. Perhaps we can better understand this crisis if we understand the history of how we got to this point.
|"The Big Book of Green Design"
by Suzanna MW Stevens
"This book explores the specific techniques and methods that graphic designers are employing worldwide to make their business a more earth-friendly one. When paying clients need a more environmentally conscious image, they turn to ad agencies and in-house designers for cost-effective solutions."
| "The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time"
by Elizabeth Rogers & Thomas Kostigen
The Green Book offers practical suggestions to improve our negative impact on the earth. Americans endanger the balance of the ecosystem by producing too much waste, and by consuming too much water and energy. Celebrities such as Robert Redford, Ellen DeGeneres, and many more offer suggestions for living green.
|"Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It"
by Anna Lappe
Anna Lappe is the daughter of best-selling author Frances Moore Lappe who wrote Diet for a Small Planet in 1971. Unlike her mother's famous cookbook, this book contains no recipes. Instead, green farming techniques are discussed along with discussions that connect climate change with the food we eat.
by Bill McKibben
Eaarth is spelled differently from Earth for a reason: the planet we are so familiar with is insidiously changing and soon will be a different earth - an inhospitable one due to climate change - than the one we are used to. McKibben is ever-hopeful that "fundamental change is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance."
| "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power"
by Mark Schapiro
"In this book, award-winning investigative journalist Mark Schapiro reveals how products on American shelves are increasingly being linked with serious health hazards - hazards, like Bisphenol A (BPA) and plastic softening phthalates, that the European Union is leading the rest of the world in legislating out of existence."
|"The Green Parent"
by Jenn Savedge
"Developed for those who would like to teach their children about green living, this guide offers parents hints for things they can do for and with their kids to lead more environmentally friendly lives."
by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, & Hunter Lovins
Available FREE online, this book explores the lucrative opportunities for businesses in an era of approaching environmental limits.
|"It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living"
by Crissy Trask
"Surveys find that over 80 percent of Americans agree with the goals of the environmental movement. Sadly, most Americans admit to doing little more than basic recycling when it comes to acting on that disposition. What is the reason for this great divide between environmental sentiment in this country and individual actions?"
by Rachel Carlson
"Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which in 1962 exposed the hazards of the pesticide DDT, eloquently questioned humanity's faith in technological progress and helped set the stage for the environmental movement."
|"Story of Stuff"
by Annie Leonard
"We have a problem with Stuff. With just 5 percent of the world's population, we're consuming 30 percent of the world's resources and creating 30 percent of the world's waste. If everyone consumed at U.S. rates, we would need three to five planets!"
|"The Great Disruption"
by Paul Gilding
The Great Disruption offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces-yet also a deeply optimistic message. The coming decades will see loss, suffering, and conflict as our planetary overdraft is paid; however, they will also bring out the best humanity can offer: compassion, innovation, resilience, and adaptability.
|" A Sand County Almanac"
by Aldo Leopold
A Sand County Almanac is a combination of natural history, scene painting with words, and philosophy. It is perhaps best known for the following quote, which defines his land ethic: "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."
|"The Town That Food Saved"
by Ben Hewitt
For decades, the rural Vermont town of Hardwick (pop: 3,200) grappled with a challenged economy. Like so many small towns, the once-thriving regional industry had died, and the majority of the working population was forced to commute far beyond the town line to find work.