Recent books on sustainability and the environment

Many ideas for living sustainably this month!

The ecology book
“Using a bold, graphic-led approach, The Ecology Book explores and explains over 85 of the key ideas, movements, and acts that have defined ecology and ecological thought. The book has a simple chronological structure, with early chapters ranging from the ideas of classical thinkers to attempts by Enlightenment thinkers to systematically order the natural world.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Garden Jungle: Or Gardening To Save The Planet / Goulson, Dave
“In this book Dave Goulson shows us what lives in our compost piles and behind our trees’ bark and beneath our lawns, and then explains what we can do to increase biodiversity. And because nothing lives in a vacuum, The Garden Jungle uses those small creatures to explain entire ecosystems. How bee-friendly, it asks, are the supposedly bee-friendly plants sold in our garden centres and nurseries?” (adapted from Catalogue)

Live green : 52 steps for a more sustainable life / Chillingsworth, Jen
“Many of us are already doing what we can to adopt a greener lifestyle. We recycle, try to reduce our waste and plastics, choose organic food when shopping, eat less meat, and opt for environmentally friendly cleaning products. Yet we often wish we were doing more and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Live Green is a practical guide of 52 tips and changes you can make to your home and lifestyle over the course of a year…” (adapted from Catalogue)

The wizard and the prophet : science and the future of our planet / Mann, Charles C
The Wizard and the Prophet tackles the biggest question we humans are facing: can the earth sustain our growing population? An incisive portrait of the two little-known twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the twenty-first century will choose to live in tomorrow’s world.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Fate Of Food: What We’ll Eat In A Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World / Little, Amanda
“We need to produce more food. With water and food shortages already being felt in some parts of the world, this might sound like an insurmountable challenge, but all is far from lost. You may not have heard about it, but the sustainable food revolution is already under way. Amanda Little unveils startling innovations from around the world: farmscrapers, cloned cattle, meatless burgers, edible insects, super-bananas and microchipped cows.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Quitting plastic : easy and practical ways to cut down the plastic in your life / Williams Roldan, Clara
“How to reduce plastic in your everyday life, starting with changes that are small and easy to make, and working up to bigger changes to your daily routine.” (Catalogue)

Green clean : natural cleaning solutions for every room of your home / Schoff, Jill Potvin
“…Inspired by the author’s experience as the mother of an allergic child, Green Clean provides practical, comprehensive advice for every household cleaning need from kitchen, bathroom, and laundry to windows, floors, grills, decks, and cars. Jill Potvin Schoff shows how to green up your chores and reduce your family’s exposure to hazardous chemicals.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Our planet / Fothergill, Alastair
“With a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, this is the striking photographic companion to the groundbreaking NETFLIX original documentary series. Revealing the most amazing sights on Earth in unprecedented ways, alongside stories of the ways humans are affecting the world’s ecosystems-from the wildebeest migrations in Africa to the penguin colonies of Antarctica-this book places itself at the forefront of a global conversation as we work together to protect and preserve our planet.” (adapted from Catalogue)

A garden can be anywhere : creating bountiful and beautiful edible gardens / Kranz, Lauri
“Edible Gardens LA founder Lauri Kranz shares her secrets for planning, planting, growing, and maintaining luscious edible gardens, no matter the setting or size of the plot. It’s also at the forefront of a gardening revolution, where more and more people are craving a patch of land for growing and the trend is toward edible gardens over ornamental gardens.” (adapted from Catalogue)

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