Books on Environment and Climate Change

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A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Overshoot by William R. Catton Junior (PDF)

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (Novel)

Gaia by James Lovelock

Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher


Non-Fiction

Six Degrees, by Mark Lynas

      What would the world look like if it warmed 1 degree, 2 degrees, 3, degrees Celsius.

This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein

      A must read for anyone interested in the links between capitalism and climate change: Well researched, engaging to read and compelling arguments. What more do you want!?


Facing the Anthropocene, by Ian Angus

      Important book about what epoch we now call Anthropocene and its socio-economic (capitalist) foundations


The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, by Thom Hartmann

      Describes various feedback systems in a climate change context, and the underlying cultural philosophy or stories we tell ourselves that continue to create the situation we're in. It's a fascinating read.


Drawdown, by Paul Hawken

      A carefully researched playbook for reducing carbon emissions across different sectors


Visualizing Climate Change by Stephen Sheppard

      “A guide to using visual media in communicating climate change. This book vividly brings to life the science, the local realities, and the practical solutions for climate change, while introducing powerful new visual tools for communities, action groups, educators, and experts to engage the public, build awareness and accelerate action on the world’s greatest crisis.” 


The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben

      A beautiful book: “Wohlleben chronicles what his own experience of managing a forest in the Eifel mountains in Germany has taught him about the astonishing language of trees and how trailblazing arboreal research from scientists around the world reveals “the role forests play in making our world the kind of place where we want to live.” Also check out The Inner Life of Animals by the same author.


The Age of Sustainable Development, by Jeffrey D. Sachs

      A good summary of the steps we must take to move toward sustainable development.


Comfortably Unaware, by Richard A. Oppenlander

      The impact that our food choices and animal agriculture have on the planet.


The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert

      Another must-read for anyone interested in what the effect we humans have had on the planet. human species. 


Climate Wars, by Gwynne Dyer

      Canadian writer Gwynne Dyer gives us a glimpse of what might happen if climate change is not addressed: climate refugees; dozens of failed states and yes, all-out war. 


Climate Changed, by Philippe Squarzoni

      A graphic novelist tells the true story of climate change. Based on Squarzoni's interviews with IPCC scientists. The science well explained and the social aspects of climate science discussed. 


 After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians, by Gordon Laxer 

      Ralph Nader called this book a ‘myth-destroying blockbuster’. That it is! 


Energy and Civilization: A History, by Vaclav Smil 

      A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today’s fossil fuel–driven civilization. 


Pig Earth by John Berger 

      A fascinating and touching account of the end of peasant culture and the close, ethical relation peasants had to the land. 


Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben 

      “McKibben's animating idea is that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment.” 


Humankind Solidarity with Nonhuman People by Timothy Morton 

      “A bracing book from the fashionably wild thinker embraces anarchist and Buddhist ideas in an argument for solidarity with all that exists”.


Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson 

      “Tim Jackson states the challenge starkly: ‘Questioning growth is deemed to be the act of lunatics, idealists and revolutionaries. But question it we must.’ And that is the core mission of this perfectly timed book”. [Jeremy Leggett, The Guardian] 


The Ecology of Wisdom: Writings of Arne Naess edited by Alan Dengson and Bill Devall 

      “Modern environmentalism owes a great debt to philosopher, professor, and writer Arne Naess, cofounder of the Deep Ecology movement. A comprehensive yet accessible volume of Naess’s most ground-breaking and seminal essays, which have remained influential among environmentalists to this day. 


Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry, by Travis Bradford 

      “An innovative analysis that shows how the shift to solar energy ― in particular, the use of photovoltaic cells ― is both economically advantageous and inevitable, and will rival the information and communication technologies revolution in its transformative effects.”


Second Nature: A Gardener's Education, by Michael Pollan 

      “Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere. “ 


In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan 

      “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With those words Michael Pollan inaugurated a new way of thinking about food… “how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.” 


 Climate Ethics: Essential Readings, By Stephen Gardiner et al 

      A good collection of articles on ethics and climate change. Highly recommended. 


Boundaries: A Casebook in Environmental Ethics by Christine Gudorf and James Huchingson 

      Emphasis on the concrete circumstances of particular localities, the studies continue to focus on the dilemmas and struggles of individuals and communities who face daunting decisions with serious consequences. 


Environmental Ethics: An Anthology, by Andrew Light, et al 

      Brings together classic and new essays ranging from the welfare of animals versus ecosystems to theories of the intrinsic value of nature. 


Character and Environment: A Virtue-Oriented Approach to Environmental Ethics, by Ronald Sandler 


A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change by Stephen M. Gardiner 

      “Climate change is genuinely global, dominantly intergenerational, and takes place in a setting where our prescriptive theories are weak. This “perfect moral storm” poses a profound challenge to humanity. This book explains the storm, how it makes sense of our current malaise, and why better ethics can help.” 


A Companion to Environmental Philosophy, Edited by Dale Jamieson 

      “A pioneering work in the burgeoning field of environmental philosophy. This ground-breaking volume contains thirty-six original articles exemplifying the rich diversity of scholarship in this field.”  

  

Fiction 

Journey to the Future by Guy Dauncy 

      Founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association author Guy Dauncey imagines a future world where Vancouver has pedestrian-only streets, amphitheatres at intersections to celebrate local artists, and a 100 per cent green economy.  

The Road by Cormac McCarthy 

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood 

The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd 

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 

My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell 

The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr 

The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard 

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair 

Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich 

Moby Dick by Herman Melville 

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean 

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki 

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey 

The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino 

The Wind Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi 

Solaris by Stanislaw Lem 

The Call of the Wild by Jack London 

Grass by Sheri S. Tepper 

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

Power by Linda Hogan 

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver 

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins