October 2019 books: Sustainability and the environment

A compendium of books to allow for sustainable living.

BOOKS

The food forest handbook : design and manage a home-scale perennial polyculture garden / Frey, Darrell
“A food forest is a productive landscape developed around a mix of trees and perennials. Food forests can help increase biodiversity, protect valuable habitat for beneficial insects, and promote food security and resilience, all while providing an abundant harvest. The Food Forest Handbook is a practical manual for the design and management of a home-scale perennial polyculture garden. Simple, straightforward instructions guide the reader through.” (adapted from Catalogue)

2040 : a handbook for the Regeneration based on the documentary 2040 : ideas, advice, inspiration and even some recipes for creating a brighter, better world / Gameau, Damon (Stream the documentary on Beamafilm)
“Like most of us, Damon Gameau has spent most of his adult years overwhelmed into inaction by the problem of climate change and its devastating effects on the planet. But when Damon became a father, he knew he couldn’t continue to look away. So he decided to do what he does best, and tell a story. And the story became an imagining of what the world could look like in 2040, if we all decided to start doing things differently, right now” (Catalogue)

Tiny house : live small, dream big / Heavener, Brent
“From the founder of the Instagram feed @TinyHouse, which boasts 448k Instagram followers, comes a small, chunky inspiration book filled with photographs of the smallest abodes–from vans and boats to tree houses and cabins. A die-cut cover acts as a window onto a simpler world of lighter living and sustainability that never sacrifices function or design. Imagine living debt-free in an environmentally-friendly home. No mortgage, no clutter, and boundless freedom. This is the reality and dream of people all over the world thanks to the widespread momentum of the tiny house movement in recent years.” (adapted from Catalogue)

We are the weather : saving the planet begins at breakfast / Foer, Jonathan Safran
“Most books about the environmental crisis are densely academic, depressingly doom-laden and crammed with impersonal statistics. We are the Weather is different – accessible, immediate and with a single clear solution that individual readers can put into practice straight away. A significant proportion of global carbon emissions come from farming meat. Giving up meat is incredibly hard and nobody is perfect – but just cutting back is much easier and still has a huge positive effect on the environment. With his distinctive wit, insight and humanity, Foer frames this essential debate as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The wizard and the prophet : science and the future of our planet / Mann, Charles C
“In forty years, Earth’s population will reach ten billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups – Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them. Mann delves into these diverging viewpoints to assess the four great challenges humanity faces – food, water, energy, climate change – grounding each in historical context and weighing the options for the future.” (Catalogue)

eBOOKS

Degrowth in the suburbs / Alexander, Samuel
“This book addresses a central dilemma of the urban age: how to make the vast suburban landscapes that ring the globe safe and sustainable in the face of planetary ecological crisis. The authors argue that degrowth, a planned contraction of economic overshoot, is the only feasible principle for suburban renewal. The book offers a radical new urban imaginary, that of degrowth suburbia, which can arise Phoenix like from the increasingly stressed cities of the affluent Global North and guide urbanisation in a world at risk.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The joy of keeping chickens : the ultimate guide to raising poultry for fun or profit / Megyesi, Jennifer
“Finally backyard farmers who want to keep a few hens for eggs have a bible that’s attractive enough to leave out on the coffee table, and inexpensive enough to purchase on a whim. This comprehensive guide, written in charming prose from the perspective of an organic farmer, will appeal to readers who are interested in raising chickens, or simply want the best knowledge about how to cook them.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Projects to get you off the grid : rain barrels, chicken coops, solar panels, and more
“Instructables is back with this compact book focused on a series of projects designed to get you thinking creatively about thinking green. Twenty Instructables illustrate just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector. Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project accompanying easy-to-follow instructions, this Instructables collection utilizes the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and in this case, greener, as this volume exemplifies.” (Catalogue)

Overdrive cover The Secret Network of Nature, Peter Wohlleben (ebook)
An exploration of the invisible connections sustaining the entire natural world from the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees.
Drawing on the latest scientific discoveries and decades of experience as a forester, Peter Wohlleben shows us how different animals, plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems cooperate, and what’s at stake when these delicate systems are unbalanced. (Overdrive description)

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