Sustainability and the environment

As climate change increases and the era of cheap energy tapers off, do we go back to living a more natural life? The way home : tales from a life without technology shows us one man’s successful off-grid living for over ten years.

Bosh! : how to live vegan : save the planet and feel amazing / Firth, Henry
“Do you want to go vegan but have no idea where to start? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of information out there and how difficult it seems to stay on track? BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, easy and delicious plant-based cooking, are here to help and make a sustainable and ethical lifestyle accessible to everyone.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Practical self sufficiency : an Australian guide to sustainable living / Strawbridge, Dick
“This fully updated guide, now in a paperback edition, offers clear step-by-step information in classic DK style and offers a greater focus on the issues surrounding sustainable living for people in urbanised parts of Australia. You will find practical advice on reducing your carbon footprint; growing and using your own fruit and vegetables; keeping chickens and other animals; community gardening, design options for energy saving and retrofitting, and doing more with less.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The way home : tales from a life without technology / Boyle, Mark
“It was 11pm when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be forever. No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce. The way home is an honest and lyrical account of a remarkable life lived in nature without modern technology. Mark Boyle explores the hard won joys of building a home with his bare hands, learning to make fire, collecting water from the stream, foraging and fishing. What he finds is an elemental life, one governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons – much the same life we have lived for most of our time on earth. Revisiting it brings a deep insight into what it means to be human at a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The natural apothecary : baking soda : uses for home, health and beauty / Stanway, Penny
“With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in our homes and on our bodies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

#NoFly : walking the talk on climate change / Hendy, Shaun C.
“”Summary: What happens when a leading New Zealand scientist (and frequent traveller) rules out flying for a year? From overnight buses to epic train journeys, Shaun Hendy’s experiences speak to our desire to do something – anything – in the face of growing climate anxiety”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)”

Composting for a new generation : latest techniques for the bin and beyond / Balz, Michelle
“Composting is not just about reducing food and yard waste; it’s also about improving the health of your soil and the productivity of your garden. Compost is full of nutrients and beneficial microbes that help plants thrive¬†Composting for a New Generation explains the complex science behind effective and efficient composting in layman’s terms and includes detailed information on tried-and-true composting methods right along with new, innovative techniques.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Re-creating nature : science, technology, and human values in the twenty-first century / Bradley, James T.
“James T. Bradley addresses emerging biotechnologies with prodigious potential to benefit humankind but that are also fraught with ethical consequences. Some actually possess the power to directly alter the evolution of life on earth including human. Specifically, these topics include stem cells, synthetic biology, GMOs in agriculture, nanotechnology, bioterrorism, CRISPR gene-editing technology, three-parent babies, robotics and roboethics, artificial intelligence, and human brain research and neurotechnologies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Sustainability made simple : small changes for big impact / Byrd, Rosaly
Sustainability Made Simple explores the relationship between everyday life and the intricate global environmental issues of today, illustrating how small changes in daily routines and mentalities can add up to a big impact.” (Catalogue)

Working with nature : saving and using the world’s wild places / Purseglove, Jeremy
“Jeremy Purseglove explains clearly and convincingly why it’s not a good idea to extract as many resources as possible, whether it’s the demand for palm oil currently denuding the forests of Borneo, cottonfield irrigation draining the Aral Sea, or monocrops spreading across Britain. The pioneer of engineering projects to preserve nature and landscape, first in Britain and then around the world, he offers fresh insights and solutions at each step.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Vegan life : cruelty-free food, fashion, beauty and home / Peters, Jo
“A plant-based diet is the foundation of a vegan lifestyle, but you can do so much more to incorporate a cruelty-free approach into everyday life. Vegan Life highlights the simple, achievable ways you can show kindness to animals – and to the environment – not just with your choice of food but with the household products, clothing and cosmetics you buy too. With tips on how to reliably spot vegan goods when shopping, DIY ideas for making your own organic cosmetic and cleaning products and, of course, essential recipes for delicious vegan food, this book makes it easy to live more ethically.” (adapted from Catalogue)