Sustainability and the environment

Our sustainability books this month are amazing and they ranging from a great variety. In Off the Grid check houses that are self-sustaining; Inconspicuous consumption : the environmental impact you don’t know you have helps the reader to make better decisions for the future of the world; you can also learn how to take better care of bees in Protecting pollinators : how to save the creatures that feed our world; and many other picks on climate change. Enjoy!

Print books


Off the grid : houses for escape / Bradbury, Dominic
“Surveying some of the world’s most innovative off-grid homes, Off the Grid reveals the creative architecture and cutting-edge technologies that are redefining where and how we live–enabling us to escape to some of the most extraordinary and secluded natural environments on the planet. Dominic Bradbury tells the story of how innovative architects have made everyday living in the most wild and remote locations of the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia not only feasible, as all of the homes featured are largely self-sustaining in terms of energy, water, and in some cases food, but also a rewarding and tempting reality.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Inconspicuous consumption : the environmental impact you don’t know you have / Schlossberg, Tatiana
“Cataloging the complexities and frustrations of our carbon-intensive society with a dry sense of humor, Schlossberg makes the climate crisis and its solutions interesting and relevant to everyone who cares, even a little, about the planet. She empowers readers to think about their stuff and the environment in a new way, helping them make more informed choices when it comes to the future of our world. Most importantly, this is a book about the power we have as voters and consumers to make sure that the fight against climate change includes all of us and all of our stuff, not just industry groups and politicians.” (adapted from Catalogue)

More from less : the surprising story of how we learned to prosper using fewer resources–and what happens next / McAfee, Andrew
“In More from Less, McAfee argues that to solve our ecological problems we don’t need to make radical changes. America–a large, high-tech country that accounts for about 25% of the global economy–is now generally using less of most resources year after year, even as its economy and population continue to grow. What has made this turnabout possible? One thing, primarily: the collaboration between technology and capitalism, although good governance and public awareness have also been critical. McAfee does warn of issues that haven’t been solved, like global warming, overfishing, and communities left behind as capitalism and tech progress race forward.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Money : myths, truths and alternatives / Mellor, Mary
“In this highly topical book, Mary Mellor, an expert on money, examines money’s social, political and commercial histories to debunk longstanding myths such as money being in short supply and needing to come from somewhere. Arguing that money’s immense social value means that its creation and circulation should be a matter of democratic choice, Mellor advocates for a system that is driven more heavily by concerns for the environment and gender equality, musing that perhaps one day, money could become the root of all good.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Protecting pollinators : how to save the creatures that feed our world / Helmer, Jodi
“We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat. Yet half of the 200,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Protecting Pollinators breaks down the latest science on environmental threats and takes readers inside the most promising conservation efforts. Along with inspiring stories of revival and lessons from failed projects, readers will find practical tips to get involved. And they will be reminded of the magic of pollinators–the iconic monarchs, dainty hummingbirds, and homely bats alike who bring food to our tables.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eBooks

What we’re fighting for now is each other : dispatches from the front lines of climate justice / Stephenson, Wen
“In What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other, Stephenson tells his own story and offers an up-close, on-the-ground look at some of the remarkable and courageous people–those he calls “new American radicals”–Who have laid everything on the line to build and inspire this fast-growing movement. He argues that the movement is less like environmentalism as we know it and more like the great human-rights and social-justice struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from abolitionism to civil rights.–From publisher description.” (adapted from Catalogue)

This is not a drill : the Extinction Rebellion handbook
“It’s time. This is our last chance to do anything about the global climate and ecological emergency. Our last chance to save the world as we know it. Extinction Rebellion is a global activist movement of ordinary people, demanding action from Governments. This is a book of truth and action. It has facts to arm you, stories to empower you, pages to fill in and pages to rip out, alongside instructions on how to rebel – from organising a roadblock to facing arrest. By the time you finish this book you will have become an Extinction Rebellion activist. Act now before it’s too late.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Treading lightly : the hidden wisdom of the world’s oldest people / Sveiby, Karl-Erik
“Australian Aboriginals taught themselves thousands of years ago how to build a sustainable society in our fragile landscape. In a unique collaboration, a Swedish knowledge management professor finds out from an Aboriginal cultural custodian how they did it, and what we can learn from them.” (Catalogue)

A family guide to waste-free living : simple ways to eliminate waste in the home, at work & out in the world / Carter, Lauren
“This is a practical and inspiring resource for anyone wanting to live more sustainably. Inside you’ll find: Simple activities for the whole family ; Instructions on building waste-free kits for around the house and out and about; A plan for creating change by advocating to government and business; Tackle our ever-growing waste problem with all the information, advice, budget-friendly recipes and projects you’ll need to start reducing waste in your life. This is a specially formatted fixed layout ebook that retains the look and feel of the print book.” (adapted from Catalogue)

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