15 Books To Read This Earth Day

With environmental issues at the forefront of global politics, the desire to make small changes on an individual level is on the rise. For inspiration and advice, these books will guide anyone that is hoping to make a difference, but perhaps doesn’t know where to begin.

How Bad Are Bananas, by Mike Berners-Lee

From a text message to a war, from a Valentine’s rose to a flight or even having a child, How Bad are Bananas? gives us the carbon answers we need and provides plenty of revelations. By talking through a hundred or so items, Mike Berners-Lee sets out to present a carbon instinct for the footprint of literally anything we do, buy and think about. He helps us pick our battles by laying out the orders of magnitude. The book ranges from the everyday (foods, books, plastic bags, bikes, flights, baths…) and the global (deforestation, data centres, rice production, the World Cup, volcanoes…) Be warned, some of the things you thought you knew about green living may be about to be turned on their head.

BOSH! How To Live Vegan, by Henry Firth & Ian Theasby 

BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, easy and delicious plant-based cooking, are here to help make a sustainable and ethical lifestyle accessible to everyone. BOSH! How to Live Vegan covers all aspects of vegan living, everything from food to toiletries to travel. Whether you are a committed vegan, looking to improve your vegan lifestyle or starting out for the first time, this book has all the know-how and inspiration you need.

The Flightless Traveller, by Emma Gregg

Discover how to explore the world sustainably and responsibly with this trailblazing guide to flight-free travel. Seeking options that are enjoyable and kind to the planet, award-winning travel writer Emma Gregg presents 50 inspirational, life-affirming trip ideas for those who would like to fly less, or not at all. They include eco-friendly city breaks and coastal retreats, bike rides and sailing voyages, short jaunts on vintage railways and incredible intercontinental journeys.

99 Maps To Save The Planet, Intro by Chris Packham

This is an informative and witty book of maps that illustrate the perilous state of our planet. The maps are often shocking, sometimes amusing, and packed with essential information. 99 Maps to Save the Planet doesn’t provide practical tips on how to save our planet: it just presents facts that speak for themselves. Once we know these, what excuse do we have for failing to act?


Sustainable Home, by Christine Liu 

Sustainable Home is a stylish, inspirational and practical guidebook to maintaining a more environmentally friendly household. Sustainable lifestyle blogger and professional Christine Liu takes us on a tour through the rooms of our homes – the living area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom – offering tips, tricks and 18 step-by-step projects designed to help you lead a more low-impact lifestyle.


How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, by Harriet Dyer

This book is full of simple, achievable ways to help you reduce your carbon footprint. From tips on creating a more eco-friendly home and ways to reduce your plastic use, to advice on shopping sustainably, within these pages you will discover everything you need to know to help you make planet-friendly choices and live a more sustainable life.

Letters To Earth, introduction by Emma Thompson

Letters to the Earth is the beginning of a new conversation. One that attempts to answer some of these questions by listening to the voices of parents and children; politicians and poets; songwriters and scientists. Gathering together over 100 letters written in response to the climate emergency, each entry begins to give language to the unspeakable and shows how our collective power is present when we are ready to slow down and listen to each other. The book includes contributions from activist Yoko Ono, actor Mark Rylance, poet Kate Tempest, author Laline Paull, illustrator of The Lost Words Jackie Morris, novelist Anna Hope, environmental writer Jay Griffiths Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.

What Would Greta Do?: An Unofficial Pocket Guide to Help Answer Your Climate Questions

There are so many important decisions to make about how we must adapt our lifestyles to reverse climate change, but where do we start? From your first steps toward living sustainably all the way to going zero-waste, this book is here to help you find solutions to all your climate conundrums by taking inspiration from a true eco-warrior. If we each approach the climate emergency in the same way as Greta, we can all live a planet-friendly life and enjoy a brighter future.

United We Are Unstoppable: 60 Inspiring Young People Saving Our World, edited by Akshat Rathi

From Asia to Africa, Oceania to Europe, the Americas and Antarctica, see the world through the eyes of 60 young people who are fighting for their homes and their futures in the face of climate change. The stories in this book are devastating, defiant, inspiring and moving – but, above all, they are full of hope.

Back to Nature: How to Love Life - and Save It, by Chris Packham & Megan McCubbin

Mapping the latest conservation breakthroughs and scientific discoveries, Packham and McCubbin make a water-tight case for rewilding and reconnecting with nature. From our balconies and gardens to our woodlands, national parks and beyond, Back to Nature captures the essence of how we feel about the wildlife outside our windows. Through personal stories, conservation breakthroughs and scientific discoveries, it explores the wonder and the solace of nature, and the ways in which we can connect with it – and protect it.

An Almost Zero Waste Life: Learning How to Embrace Less to Live More, by Megan Weldon

Author Megean Weldon, also known as ‘The Zero Waste Nerd’, gently guides you on an attainable, inspirational, mindful, and completely realistic journey to a sustainable living lifestyle. Find tips, strategies, recipes, and DIY projects for reducing waste in this approachable, beautifully designed and illustrated guide. Focusing on the positive, An Almost Zero Waste Life presents simple ways to reduce waste in every aspect of your life.

What Can I Do?: The Truth About Climate Change and How To FIx It, by Jane Fonda

A call to action from Jane Fonda, one of the most inspiring activists of our time, this book urges us to wake up to the looming disaster of climate change and equips us with the tools we need to join her in protest. In What Can I Do?, Fonda’s deeply personal journey as an activist is weaved alongside interviews with leading climate scientists and discussions of issues, such as water, migration, and human rights, to emphasise what is at stake. Throughout, Fonda provides concrete solutions and actions that everybody can take in order to combat the climate crisis in their community. 100% of the author’s net proceeds from What Can I Do? will go to Greenpeace.


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