7 Books To Save The World
Are you interested in climate change and sustainability, but don't know what to read? Look no further! We've compiled a list for you with the most recent, accurate and interesting books about climate change, sustainability and clean energy. We even added in some honorable mentions for good measure. Have a look and let us know what your favorite is.
1. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
The latest installment by Naomi Klein released in 2019. Klein has been at the forefront of fighting climate change for over twenty years now. Her work ranges from explaining the causes of climate change to finding solutions to fight it. In these books she chronicles the wars that wage on both people and the planet. The books post dire warnings of what future awaits us, if there is not immediate action. She pairs leading science with philosophical thoughts about justice, the planet and climate change. The books capture the burning urgency of the climate crisis and demand action. If you like this try This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (2014), also by Klein.
2. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Edited by Paul Hawken (2017), based on research by leading scientists, policymakers and thinkers from around the world. This book is all about solutions.
It offers 100 solutions to tackle climate change in a myriad of ways. They range from cleaner energy to educating people in lower-income countries, all with the same goal: reversing global warming. The book shows a way forward, benefiting human health and security worldwide for the next decades to come.
3. Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution
A 2017 book by climate scientist Peter Kalmus. He started simple - by changing his own life. He started cycling, growing his own food, saving energy and reducing his carbon emissions. In the book, he explores how everyone can make a change and how that can lead to systemic change.
At its core, the book is incredibly optimistic, showcasing how it’s possible to live without fossil fuels, and how it can make you happier in the process.
4. Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It
This book is all about the change every single person can make and the choices we make at the dinner table. Anna Lappé explores the hidden cost of our food, from palm oil to industrial cattle raising. She points out how much greenhouse-gas is produced by the food industry alone and what can be done to change that.
5. The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientist, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet
Bestselling author and journalist Kristin Ohlson makes a passionate case for how the soil and farming can lead to real change. This book lies at the intersection of science, food, farming and environmentalism - much like SOKTI - to explore how changing the way these topics interact can be beneficial for the planet. It points out, how exactly we can remove carbon dioxide from the air and what needs to be done to get there.
6. The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World
Written by William D Nordhaus (2015), the 2018 Nobel laureate for economics. In this book he analyzes the underlying causes for climate change, by dissecting the politics and economics that lead up to today. He refers to climate change as a casino, where humanity rolls the “global-warming dice”, without knowing the possible outcomes. The book doesn’t just point fingers at the problems, in the end it offers real solutions to change the course of the planet.
7. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
It’s a book that paints a bleak picture of the future. According to journalist David Wallace-Wells, it’s much worse than we thought. He describes in terrifying detail the horrors awaiting us, if nothing changes about the way we treat the earth. But, at its heart, this book is an impassioned call to action: encouraging everyone to take responsibility and to do what they can.
We decided not to include “An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It” by Al Gore because it was released in 2006 and science has come a long way since then. But, there is “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power: Your Action Handbook to Learn the Science, Find Your Voice, and Help Solve the Climate Crisis”, by Al Gore from 2017, which we recommend!
These are worth a read too:
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (2007) by Mark Lynas
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016) by Amitav Ghosh
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014) by Elizabeth Kolbert
You Can Change the World
We hope you found something to read in the article. If you want to learn more about climate change and what you can do to stop it, give these books a read. Most of them offer detailed steps you can take to make a difference. While political and systemic change is necessary, every person has the ability to be the change they want to see in the world, be that with the energy or the food they consume. Check out how we plan to revolutionize food supply with our blockchain based food supply ecosystem.
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