The power of language has the ability to change minds, inspire billions, and accomplish almost anything. Nothing is a better use of this power than books. Almost everything you could want to know is likely written in a book. And when it comes to eco-friendly and sustainable living, there's no exception.
General awareness of climate change and eco-friendliness is relatively new. That said, there are hundreds if not thousands of great books all about the subject. From educational books that teach you about the science behind climate change to fictional stories about what our future may hold, and even unique options like cookbooks filled with zero-waste recipes, it's time to get reading. Out of all the great options, we narrowed it down to the Five best books for an environmentally conscious lifestyle. Let's dive in!
The Ministry for the Future
If you're a fan of fiction, this is the book for you. While made to feel realistic and filled with science, this book is a story of the future of Earth and humanity if things continue as they currently are. The acceleration of climate change leads to drastic measures, some far too late, and paints a good picture of what our near future may hold.
Indigenous botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer challenges your perceptions and understanding of science in this incredible book filled with untraditional wisdom. Each chapter is filled with learnings straight from the mysterious lives of plants throughout Earth. This book will truly change your way of thinking and interpreting nature.
Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World
Climate communication can be a tricky subject, but Katharine Hayhoe does it for a living. After thousands of speaking engagements, she has distilled her learnings into this story-based book about coming together and effectively tackling the climate crisis.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
It's no secret that climate change is causing the extinction of species around the planet. But what's the full story, and how did humanity cause such horror? Elizabeth Kolbert examines this question and more alongside many researchers and leaders in the field. For a wake-up call surrounding all the life around us, this is a must-read.
A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future
David Attenborough may be one of the most famous environmentalists in the world. This manifesto talks about his extraordinary life along with the discoveries and changes he's seen before his very eyes. Yes, nature is truly amazing, but how can we protect it before it's too late? Read this book to find out.
- Books may be the single greatest source of environmental education and are necessary to truly understand climate change.
- An eco-friendly lifestyle stems from education and action.
- Whether you prefer fiction, nonfiction, urgency, positivity, or any mixture, there are many books for you. Start with these five, and let your curiosity lead the way to many more.