By Raquel Pacheco
No matter what the Coronavirus pandemic does to our recurrent summer plans, we will always have the undying pleasure of reading a good book. While there’s an interminable list of breathtaking books we haven’t read, it is never too late to learn more about our environment and the different ways we can help.
Since we already recommended a list of the books our editors were reading, it is now time to read the best books on sustainability. We decided to put together a small list of the best titles which tackle subjects such as climate change and consumption.
Whether you want to explore and learn about sustainability or you already are an expert, these books will provide you with a fascinating outlook of the different aspects of the sustainable culture.
1. We Are The Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
In Jonathan Safran Foer’s second work of non-fiction, We Are The Weather; we discover how our eating habits have tremendously damaged our environment. Foer argues that in order to save our planet, we need to sacrifice prompt comfort for the sake of our future lives, as only unified action will truly reverse global warming. Deeply engaging and remarkable, We Are The Weather won’t disappoint.
Where to find it: We Are The Weather
2. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Roll Back Global Warming Edited by Paul Hawken
New York Times Bestseller Drawdown proposes the 100 most significant and bold solutions to combat climate change. This book not only consists of meticulous and conscientious research by renowned scientists and professionals but also provides the most realistic solutions to global warming which will open the reader’s eyes about the problem the environment is currently tackling. Very easy to read and incredibly impactful.
Where to find it: Drawdown
3. Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L.Cline
Written by preeminent journalist Elizabeth L.Cline, Overdressed is an eye-opening examination of the fast-fashion industry. From the boost of budget clothing chains to the consumer’s prevailing obsession with deals, Cline unveils the authentic nature of cheap-fashion. A book which will completely transform the way you view your clothes and inspire you to find sustainable clothing.
Where to find it: Overdressed
4. A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life by Tara Button
Unfortunately, consumerism has become our current way of life. We crave new, shiny things which will only please us until our next future purchase. In A Life Less Throwaway, Tara Button, founder of the sustainable brand BuyMeOnce, discusses our ongoing “throwaway” habits and suggests choosing long-lasting items and the changes we need to make in order to help our environment. Undoubtedly, one of the best picks about sustainable culture.
Where to find it: A Life Less Throwaway
5. Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg
Written by Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times former science writer, Inconspicuous Consumption examines the unnoticed environmental impacts in four different fields: fashion, fuel, food and the Internet and technology. Schlossberg eloquently helps the reader understand the urgency of climate change and why it is such a complex problem. Inconspicuous Consumption also focuses on the power we have as consumers to fight against global warming—definitely a must-read.
Where to find it: Inconspicuous Consumption
From life-changing books analysing how our food choices harm the environment to eye-opening examinations of our current consumer culture, these picks will definitely inspire you to make the changes our environment needs so desperately. They all teach us how important it is that we work together and start living more consciously.
It’s never too late to learn and explore sustainable culture as there are so many fascinating aspects about it. By reading and learning more about the subject, you’re already making the first step to become more eco-conscious. We hope you enjoyed our picks!
If you’re interested in another list of book recommendations, you can also read our article on the best feel-good books that everyone should read.
Do you have any other recommendations to add? Let us know what your favourite books on sustainable culture are.