The Care2 bloggers are making their top ten suggestions for must-reads … and they’re covering all issues, so keep coming back for more!
Here are my picks (in no particular order) for books that will inspire, inform, and grow your eco-knowledge so that you can have a more sustainable life.
1. Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything by Daniel Goleman
“Revealing the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy, and how with that knowledge we can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet and ourselves.”
2. Farewell My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living by Doug Fine
“Both a hilarious romp and an inspiring call to action, ‘Farewell, My Subaru’ makes a profound statement about trading today’s instant gratifications for a deeper, more enduring kind of satisfaction.”
3. The Armchair Environmentalist by Karen Christensen
“Printed on 100% recycled paper, the Armchair Environmentalist is a ‘three minute-a-day action plan to save the world.’ It focuses on what individuals can do to reduce their use of energy and water and create a healthier environment at home and at work. It is an easy read and chocked full of cute pictures and graphics.”
A timely pick in light of the ongoing Gulf Oil Spill crisis, Ott “illustrates in stirring fashion the oil industry’s 20-year trail of pollution and deception that led to the tragic 1989 spill and delves deep into the disruption to the fishing community for the next 10 years.”
5. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
“In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; what of our everyday stuff may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe.”
6. Edens Lost & Found: How Ordinary Citizens Are Restoring Our Great American Cities by Harry Wiland, Dale Bell, & Joseph D’Agnese
“As urban issues have become undeniably urgent problems that demand answers, people from disparate backgrounds and political leanings are joining forces to recast life in American cities.”
7. The Sustainable World SourceBook by The Sustainable World Coalition
“Featuring an introduction written by renowned environmentalist and bestselling author Paul Hawken, the Sustainable World SourceBook will appeal to anyone seeking an understanding of a broad range of sustainability issues. Focused on solutions and actions, it is the essential guidebook for every concerned citizen.”
8. The Practical Cyclist by Chip Haynes
“A very simple, very practical and extremely humorous guide to bicycling for everyday purposes.”
9. The Human-Powered Home by Tamara Dean
“For those who want to apply their own ingenuity, or for those who have never heard of human-powered machines, this book is a fine reference. For those who are beginning to understand the importance of a life of reduced dependency on fossil fuels, this book could be a catalyst for change.”
“Part adventure and part investigation of what we’re doing (or not doing) to preserve the planet, Greasy Rider is upbeat, funny, and full of surprising information about the many sustainable measures that are within our reach.”
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