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The Great Work: Our Way into the Future
Thomas Berry

The future can exist only if humans understand how to commune with the natural world rather than exploit it, explains author and renowned ecologist Thomas Berry.

Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth
E Magazine

From the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine, this book offers a thorough, step-by-step plan to make informed, green choices for every aspect of your life. With advice on everything from planet-friendly cosmetics to home-based renewable energy, and straight talk on hemp, hybrids and hair coloring, Green Living is a great reference for both the neophyte and the experienced environmentalist.

The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living
Josh Dorfman

Josh Dorfman is the creator and host of The Lazy Environmentalist, a nationally broadcast radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio’s LIME Network that informs consumers about cutting-edge, eco-friendly products and services.

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Marc Reisner
Copyright 1993

Reisner chronicles the history water management and mismanagement in the West and the resulting damage to the land, wildlife, and the Indians.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Janine M. Benyus

This books shows how nature's solutions to situations have been the creative jumping-off points for individuals seeking solutions, developing, or simply revitalizing processes or products.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
William McDonough and Michael Braungart

The authors are partners in an industrial design firm that devises environmentally sound buildings, equipment and products. They believe most environmentalists are short-sighted and argue that conventional, expensive eco-efficiency measures things like recycling or emissions reduction are inadequate for protecting the long-term health of the planet.

The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists
by Michael Brower and Warren Leon

The authors hope that the book will help you set priorities, stop worrying about insignificant things, and understand the real environmental impacts of household decisions. For instance, you may be surprised to learn that buying and eating meat and poultry is much more harmful to the environment than the packaging the meat is wrapped in, even if it's Styrofoam.

The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth
E.O. Wilson

In this wonderfully written book on the marvels of nature, Harvard entomologist Wilson makes the moral case to preserve biodiversity from a humanistic, religious and practical standpoint.

Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World
edited by Michael K. Stone and Zenobia Barlow

This volume, collected by the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, offers authoritative definitions of what sustainable living means and progressive theories for achieving it, beginning with the education of the young.

The Omnivore's Dilemma
Michael Pollan

Relooking at the food chain, Pollan follows the journey of four meals from farm to table: the corn-addicted path of McDonald's take-out, a home-cooked dinner of Whole Foods organics, a sustainably grown supper "off the grid" and a modern hunter-gatherer's feast.

Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble
Lester R. Brown
Copyright 2006

Tension between alarmism and optimism fuels this stimulating treatise on green development, an update of the 2003 edition. Earth Policy Institute president Brown (Who Will Feed China?) surveys the worldwide environmental devastation wrought by breakneck industrialization and the heedless, auto-centric, "throwaway economy". Fortunately, Brown says, "all the problems we face can be dealt with using existing technologies," at a manageable cost.

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Third Edition
Lester R. Brown
Copyright 2008

In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The world faces many environmental trends of disruption and decline, including rising temperatures and spreading water shortage. Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Troubled Water: Saints, Sinners, Truth And Lies About The Global Water Crisis
Anita Roddick, Brooke Shelby Biggs, Robert F., Jr. Kennedy, and Vandana Shiva

From Bolivia to Britain, water supplies are being privatized and sold for profit, cutting millions off from the single most crucial human need. Meanwhile, consumers in industrialized countries such as Italy, Britain, Australia, and the United States eagerly drink millions of liters of bottled water every day--some of which is less pure than the stuff flowing from their taps at home--at a cost of about one thousand times what tap water costs.

Silent Spring
Rachel Carson

This classic book gave birth to the modern environmental movement. Carson exposes the hazards of pesticides and other pollution, sounding both a warning and a call to action.

Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau’s most famous work chronicles his two-year retreat to the woods and celebrates the simple life.

World as Lover, World as Self: A Guide to Living Fully in Turbulent times
by Joanna Macy

A new beginning for the environment must start with a new spiritual outlook. In this book, author Joanna Macy offers concrete suggestions for just that, showing how each of us can change the attitudes that continue to threaten our environm