In this book recommendation list at Shepherd I recommended these 5 great titles:
5 Best Eco Books Number 1: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Here on Poetic Earth Month, we’ve listed the Top 80 Game Changers in Curbing Climate Breakdown featured in Drawdown. What’s unique about Drawdown is the way it breaks the issue up into easily comprehensible sections and then takes a look at not only what companies, countries, and individuals can do, but also talks about how much each of these solutions would cost to implement—and how much money they would end up saving over time. The most hopeful large-scale book about climate we’ve found.
5 Best Eco Books Number 2: The Carbon Almanac: It’s Not Too Late
A trivia-focused number that’ll let you see the trees (but not the forest). In this article on 3 Ways to Use the Carbon Almanac (And Who Should Avoid It) we discuss the almanac format, tips for using—and teaching—the book.
5 Best Eco Books Number 3: The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time
Zero Waste discussed in the way it should be—not as an individual burden, but as a complex system that towns and cities can get in on. Not only that, Paul Connett talks about his experiences in making things happen, a useful and inspiring guide for anyone who’s interested the part they can play in systemic change.
5 Best Eco Books Number 4: What We Think about When We Try Not to Think about Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action
Per Espen Stoknes tackles the question of environmental education head-on, in the place where it’s hardest: having conversations. When the solutions to the environmental problems already exist, and many of them would be financially good, it’s not practicality that’s stopping us—it’s framing. An invaluable book for anyone who needs to talk about global warming, and the best book for creating methods to talk about your good ideas in ways that will actually get other people to listen. You can read an excerpt from the book to get started, and after that, try How to Talk About Climate Breakdown for a look at the ideas covered in the book.
5 Best Eco Books Number 5: The Tin Forest
Of course, a man who lives in a trash heap would be a little bit depressed; that’s no surprise. What might be surprising is what he ends up doing about it…
What does every successful movement need? A little bit of magic. And this can be found in even the darkest places, as Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson convey in this hauntingly beautiful children’s book about hope.
Bonus: More Eco Books, Right Here
Here at Poetic Earth Month, we also have a growing collection of eco books. These titles bring together artistic heart with fiction or poetry and ecological concern. Check them out…