Books of Inspiration for the Activist At Heart

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On Environmental Awareness: Books By Captain Paul Watson 

Earthforce! An Earth Warrior's Guide to Strategy (1993) A book of actionable strategies outlining ways to protect the world's ecosystems on which we rely. 

We Are The Ocean (2022) Do you have children or know a friend that you could pass a well-intentioned children's book along to? This is a children's book seeking to foster a connection between young people and the ocean. 

Dealing With Climate Change And Stress (2020) Not only have humans been struggling with the existential threat of global climate shifts, but we also spent years in the chaos of a global pandemic. This book aims to help humans address and cope with the environmental and human health crisis we have been facing. 

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The Indigenous Experience: Books By Dina Gilio-Whitaker  

As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, From Colonization to Standing Rock (2019) This book will take you through the historic indigenous resistance that has taken place since the beginning of colonization in America. 

All the Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016). Dina co-authored this book with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz breaking through the most common misconceptions about Native Americans.

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Our Oceans: Books By Dr. Sylvia Earle 

The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One (2009) Awareness of the ocean is key in maintaining a balanced global ecosystem. Sylvia expresses the urgency in changing human behavior affecting the oceanic climate for us to continue to live the lives we desire to.

National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey (2021) The daily life of a terrestrial human is inextricably linked to the health of aquatic life in the oceans. World-renowned oceanography Dr. Sylvia Earle clears our blurred vision of the connection between human life and life underwater. 

Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans (1996) Sylvia is in a rare group of people that have spent thousands and thousands of hours underwater. Her understanding of the ocean comes from firsthand experience that few humans will ever encounter. This book takes us into her life and experiences in the aquatic realm. 

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Finding The Zen In Surf: Book By Gerry Lopez  

Surf Is Where You Find It: The Wisdom of Waves, Any Time, Anywhere, Any Way (2022) This book was first published in 2008. Thirty-eight stories of epic surfing are developed over time. Surfing is a way of life that connects humans to the ocean with an immeasurable amount of passion and love. 

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On Regenerative Lands: Book By Emily Murphy  

Grow Now: How We Can Save Our Health, Communities, and Planet―One Garden at a Time (2022). Emily shows us the multitude of ways that our gardens can be havens of local wildlife, as well as successful carbon sinks with manual-like stories and beautiful photography. Giving the birds and bees a place to thrive is directly connected to human health.

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Key Takeaways
  • Explore the links provided for books to expand the way you think about this nearly indescribable planet. See it through someone else's eyes and let it fuel your desire to get closer to the systems that make life possible.   
  • Buying used books or books directly from the publisher or author is the best approach when purchasing books.
  • Gift one or more of these books to ignite a friend's love and inspiration for the natural world.