5 books about climate change and sustainability you need to read this year
These reads are our picks for those that simply must find a place on your bookshelf.
We love books! Especially books about climate change, climate science, sustainability, and all the topics we feature in The Beam. Here are a small selection of recent books you should get your hands on this year.
Title: The City Where We Once Lived: A Novel
Authors: Eric Barnes
The City Where We Once Lived is a haunting novel of the near future that combines a prescient look at how climate change will shape our world with a deeply personal story of one man running from his past. In lean, spare prose, Eric Barnes brings into sharp focus questions of how we come to call a place home and what is our capacity for violence when that home becomes threatened.
Title: Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale
Authors: Matt Hern, Am Johal
Illustrator: Joe Sacco
Confounded by global warming, Hern and Johal set off on a series of road trips to the tar sands of Alberta to talk to people whose lives and fortunes depend on or are imperiled by extraction. Combining travelogue, political analysis, and ecological theory, they propose a new understanding of ecology that links the domination of the other-than-human world to the domination of humans by humans.
Title: Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future
Authors: Douglas Farr
At once an urgent call to action and a guidebook for change, Sustainable Nation is an essential resource for urban designers, planners, and architects. The author’s vision is to accelerate the pace of progress of human civilization to create an equitable and sustainable world. His strategy? The perfection of the design and governance of all neighborhoods to make them unique exemplars of community and sustainability.
Title: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
Author: Florence Williams
From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Delving into brand new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas and the answers they yield are more urgent than ever.
Title: Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development
Author: Vandana Shiva
‘As usual, in every scheme that worsens the position of the poor, it is the poor who are invoked as beneficiaries.’
Inspired by women’s struggles for the protection of nature as a condition for human survival, award-winning environmentalist Vandana Shiva shows how ecological destruction and the marginalisation of women are not inevitable, economically or scientifically. She argues that “maldevelopment” — the violation of the integrity of organic, interconnected and interdependent systems that sets in motion a process of exploitation, inequality, and injustice — is dragging the world down a path of self-destruction, threatening survival itself.
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