Best Nature Books

BIOGRAPHIES

  • David Attenborough ‘Life On Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster’
  • Jane Goodall ‘Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey’
  • Edward O Wilson ‘Naturalist’
  • Andrea Wulf ‘The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World’

 

BUSINESS

  • Ray Anderson ‘Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose – Doing Business by Respecting the Earth’
  • Yvon Chouinard ‘Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman’
  • Anita Roddick ‘Business as Unusual: My Entrepreneurial Journey, Profits and Principles’
  • Mark Tercek “Nature’s Fortune: How Business And Society Thrive By Investing In Nature”

 

CITIES

  • Michael Bloomberg and Carol Pope ‘Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet’
  • Jan Gehl ‘Life Between Buildings’
  • Jane Jacobs ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’
  • James Howard Kunstler ‘The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape’
  • Janette Sadik-Khan ‘Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution’

 

CLIMATE

  • Gwynne Dyer ‘Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats’
  • Tim Flannery ‘The Weathermakers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change’
  • Jeff Goodell ‘The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World’
  • Al Gore ‘An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming’
  • Paul Hawken ‘Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming’
  • James Hansen ‘Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity’
  • Naomi Klein ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate’
  • Elizabeth Kolbert ‘Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change’
    Bill McKibben ‘The End of Nature’
  • George Monbiot ‘Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning’
  • David Wallace-Wells ‘The Uninhabitable Earth: life after warming’

 

CONSUMERISM

  • Rachel Botsman ‘ What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption’
  • Oliver James ‘Affluenza: How to be Successful and Stay Sane’

 

DESIGN

  • Janine Benyus ‘Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature’
  • William McDonough and Michael Braungart ‘Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things’ ’

 

ECONOMICS & SUSTAINABILITY

  • Herman Daly ‘Steady State Economics’
  • Herman Daly and John Cobb ‘For The Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment and a Sustainable Future’
  • Thomas L. Friedman ‘Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution’
  • Paul Hawken ‘The Ecology of Commerce’
  • Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, Hunter Lovins ‘Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution’
  • Richard Heinberg ‘The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality’
  • Richard Heinberg ‘Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines’
  • Tim Jackson ‘Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet’
  • Bill McKibben ‘Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future’
  • Donella H. Meadows ‘The Limits to Growth’
  • Jonathon Porritt ‘Capitalism as if the World Matters’
  • Kate Raworth ‘Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist’
  • Jeffrey Sachs ‘The Age of Sustainable Development’
  • Jeffrey Sachs ‘Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet’
  • Juliet Schor ‘Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth’
  • E.F. Schumacher ‘Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered’
  • Nicholas Stern ‘The Economics of Climate Change’

 

EDUCATION

  • Richard Louv ‘Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder’
  • Richard Louv ‘The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age’

 

ENERGY

  • Richard Heinberg ‘Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels’
  • James Howard Kunstler ‘The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century’
  • Jeremy Leggett ‘The Energy of Nations’
  • David Mackay ‘Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air’

 

 

FOOD

  • Bill Mollison ‘Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual’
  • Michael Pollan ‘In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto’
  • Michael Pollan ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals’
  • John Ratey : “Go Wild”
  • Jonathan Safran Foer ‘Eating Animals’
  • Joel Salatin ‘Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front’
  • Eric Schlosser ‘Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal’
  • Karl Weber ‘Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It’

 

JOBS

  • Van Jones ‘The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems’

 

KIDS

  • Dr Seuss ‘The Lorax’
  • Dr Seuss ‘Horton Hears a Who’
  • Oliver Jeffers ‘Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth’
  • Shel Silverstein ‘The Giving Tree’

 

NATURE – CONSERVATION

  • Douglas Adams ‘Last Chance to See’
  • Elizabeth Kolbert ‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History’
  • George Monbiot ‘Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life’
  • Farley Mowat ‘Never Cry Wolf’
  • M R O’Connor ‘Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things’
  • David Quammen ‘The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions’
  • Edward O Wilson ‘The Diversity of Life’
  • Edward O Wilson ‘Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life’

 

NATURE – CONNECTION

  • Barbara Kingsolver ‘Small Wonder’
  • Michael Pollan ‘The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World’
  • David Suzuki ‘The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature’
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer ‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants’
  • Edward O Wilson ‘Biophilia: The Human Bond with Other Species’

 

NATURE – EARTH

  • James Lovelock ‘Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth’
  • Bill McKibben ‘Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet’
  • Carl Sagan ‘Cosmos’
  • Alan Weisman ‘The World Without Us’

 

NATURE – JOURNEYS AND WILDERNESS

  • Edward Abbey ‘Desert Solitaire’
  • Bill Bryson ‘A Walk in the Woods’
  • Jon Krakauer ‘Into the Wild’
  • Aldo Leopold ‘A Sandy County Almanac (outdoor essays and reflections)’
  • John Muir ‘A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf’
  • John Muir ‘Nature Writings’
  • Henry David Thoreau ‘Walden; Or Life in the Woods’

 

NATURE – TREES

  • David George Haskell ‘The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors’
  • Peter Wohlleben ‘The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries From a Secret World’

 

OCEANS –

  • Rachel Carson ‘The Sea Around Us’
  • Sylvia Earle ‘The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One’
  • Alanna Mitchell ‘Seasick: The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean’
  • Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips ‘Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans’

 

POLITICS –

  • Bill McKibben ‘American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau’
  • George Monbiot ‘Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis’
  • Will Potter ‘Green Is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege’
  • Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus ‘Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility’

 

POPULATION –

  • Paul R Ehrlich ‘The Population Bomb’
  • Jared Diamond ‘Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed’

 

PSYCHOLOGY –

  • Charles Handy ‘The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism: The Quest for Purpose in the Modern World’
  • Jeremy Lent ‘The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning’
  • Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway ‘Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth’
  • Michael Mann and Tom Toles ‘The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy’
  • George Marshall ‘Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change’

 

WASTE –

  • Rachel Carson ‘Silent Spring’
  • Annie Leonard ‘The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health’
  • Lucy Siegle ‘Turning The Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again’

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