Read! Fest 2014 by the National Library Board is happening this month with the theme ‘The Books that Moved Me’. The reading festival wants to re-kindle your love of reading and encourage you to re-discover books that delighted and inspired you.
Here’s 20 green books which have moved me and I would recommend for a start. Pick up a book today and start reading!
Save the Earth by Jonathon Porritt
The red pill that started it all for me.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine Benyus
The book that inspired me to take up environmental engineering.
Earth in the Balance by Al Gore
Al Gore’s first book was not An Inconvenient Truth, but is this book written when he was still a Senator.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
Refining the way we look at waste and design.
What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers
The book that started the sharing economy movement.
The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth About Global Warming by Fred Pearce
Uncovering the truth about Climategate.
Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats by Gwynne Dyer
Get ready for climate chaos.
How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate by Jeff Goodell
Summary of what geoengineering is all about.
Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand
A view subscribed by some people in the government; some environmentalists would be disturbed by the pro-nuclear and pro-GMO views.
Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal by Tristram Stuart
The book that started the food waste movement.
The Great Disruption: How the Climate Crisis Will Transform the Global Economy by Paul Gilding
Learn about the climate crisis and get ready for impact.
Worldchanging, Revised Edition: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century by Alex Steffen
Alex Steffen shares about our bright green future.
Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: How Interface proved that you can build a successful business without destroying the planet by Ray Anderson
The late Ray Anderson shares the Interface’s sustainability story.
The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones
Van Jones shares about the rising green tide which lifts all boats.
The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery
Good read on climate change.
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn
First of a trilogy that explores human civilisation and our problems.
Endgame, Vol. 1 and 2 by Derrick Jensen
Disturbing two-part book about resistance and eco-terroism, always wonder why his books are not banned by the authorities.
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins
The right way to do business.
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock
The book that introduces the Gaia hypothesis.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The book that sparked the modern environmental movement.