Top 5 Sustainability Books
We’re celebrating all things sustainability this month and what better way to throw yourself into saving the planet than with some reading. We’ve put together a list of fantastic new titles to inspire and influence you and change the carbon footprint you leave behind. With huge festivals such as Glastonbury going plastic free, it’s time we all made small changes that could lead to a huge impact. What would it take for you to go plastic free?
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
Redefining our relationship to the planet, Naomi Klein unearths the truth about what fuels climate change whilst challenging the traditionally negative narrative about our future. The real motivator of climate change, Klein writes, is capitalism and our ever-growing hunger for profit and growth. The international bestseller examines the difference between what we’ve been told about climate change and the truth of what we really can do.
Leaving the reader with a surprisingly optimistic outlook, Klein highlights how people are beginning to fight back. We are, slowly but surely, changing the future.
Turning the Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegle
In this insightful and modern interpretation of the plastic problem that is swamping our planet and swarming our newsfeeds, Siegle offers guidance by exploring the history and context surrounding the issues and explaining how the plastic problem is continuing to grow.
Siegle analyses why 300 million tonnes of new plastic is continuing to be produced every single year, despite more than 8 million tonnes of plastic entering the oceans each year and enough plastic being thrown away every year to circle the world 4 times. This book will open your eyes and make you take action. It’s time to wake up and realise how big the plastic problem truly is and what you can do about it.
The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales by Dawn Casey
A beautiful, cross-cultural anthology of folk-tales that seeks to illuminate the toughest questions of our time and communicates the importance of our looking after the earth and committing to a sustainable lifestyle..
No One is Too Small To Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
From the UN to mass street protests, Greta’s voice has inspired generations around the globe to take action and stand up for our planet. Through skipping school to take to the streets in protest and making influential everyday changes, Greta has found a way to communicate the importance and urgency of climate change in the present day.
Genesis by Sebastiao Salgado
A photographic homage to our planet from one of the most striking photographers of our generation. Building on his experiences from his childhood in rural Brazil, Salgado connects with nature to show the raw beauty of our world.
Working in monochrome chiaroscuro, Salgado cuts right to the heart of the image and captures the majesty of the natural world. Genesis is the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society. Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis, Salgado reminds us. We must preserve what exists.