Five books that’ll help you save the planet
Get reading and get back in touch with the natural world
These books are essential additions to your home library to further your understanding about the current state of our world and its environment.
The popularity of recent documentaries such as Seaspiracy and A Life on Our Planet has got many of us asking the question: How can we save our environment and how did it get so bad in the first place?
Hopefully, these books will help understand what more can be done, and, more specifically, what we can do.
A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough.
It’s hard not to be a fan of David Attenborough. After over 60 years of television, film and radio projects, Attenborough has written his witness statement and vision for the future. With a focus on re-wilding the world and improving biodiversity, Attenborough explores history through his own personal timeline and looks beyond into the future as a warning of what could be. This is an easy read which is both heart-warming and unsettling.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
Harari provides a history of the human species. Exploring the creation of money, religion and agriculture, Harari explores the human impact on the environment over time. Sapiens uncovers what has changed and why through analysing the key processes that have shaped humankind.
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg.
Greta Thunberg became an activist when she was just 15 years old, becoming a leading voice and encouraging protests around the world to fight against climate change. Her book is a collection of her speeches, sharing her passion for why we should all fight to work against climate change and protect the planet. Truly inspiring from such a young age Thunberg is a wake-up call that taking action is a choice and is always possible.
There is No Planet B by Mike Berners-lee.
Berners-Lee recognises the seemingly endless list of social and environmental concerns that pose a risk to our planet, yet, he has also plotted a course for action. By recognising the challenges to change this novel provides a larger perspective of what is to be done, by who and when.
The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells.
An unapologetic, functional and transformative argument for environmental action by combining scientific evidence and vivid warnings about our future Wallace-Wells argues that society has been ignorant and in denial. This needs to change, or, it will destroy us. The Uninhabitable Earth tells the terrors of the future, encouraging us to take action today.
Over the past few years efforts have been made towards sustainability, but now we’re beginning to question whether these efforts are enough and whether they are truly sustainable.