Environmental book recommendations
Bedside Book of Beasts – A Wildlife Miscellany by Graeme Gibson"This book is a delightful and absorbing collection of writings and works of art, tracing humanity’s close relationships with animals through the ages, as pets, food, predator and inspiration. Keep this menagerie at the bedside, visit often, and dream of beasts once more."
Steven Price, Senior Director, Conservation Science and Practice, WWF-Canada
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond"This book was quite influential for me in that he knitted together a diverse array of theories and ideas into a riveting storyline. My background is in spatial ecology and biogeography – so found great interest in the global distribution of resources, humans, climate, and topography intersected to help create the world we live in today."
Colby Loucks, Deputy Director, Conservation Science Program, WWF-US
1,001 Ways To Save The Earth by Joanna Yarrow."This is a rather comprehensive guide for changing everyday life habits. It combines all the different types of eco-advices, however, many of them you will find surprising and some you never heard of. The book has a user-friendly design – it is a colorful handbook. The book itself is printed with vegetable-based inks on paper from sustainably managed forests."
Katya Levitskaya, press officer, WWF-Russia
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen"A deeply moving account of Matthiessen and George Schaller in search of the rare bharal in Tibet, this book is as much about the author's inner journey as it is about the natural, spiritual and cultural worlds he travels through. People are at the heart of what WWF does, and this masterpiece shows us what that really means."
Chris Howe, Executive Director, WWF-New Zealand
How to Live a Low carbon Life by Chris Goodall"The book is nicely broken down into chapters that cover pretty much every aspect of western consumer-oriented life - heating, cooking, public transport, food, etc. It also gives some insight as to where individual actions can play a role in reducing emissions, and the need for government action to stimulate behavioural and attitude change."
Owen Gibbons, Climate Leader, WWF International Climate Team
Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the World in the 20th Century (the Global Century) by John R. McNeill"McNeill masterfully links the transformation in human societies with the changing planet ecology. He shows how social, economic, technological, and geopolitical changes trigger profound changes in ecosystems and ecological processes, and in turn how these ecological changes can determine human history."
Paolo Lombardi, Director, WWF Mediterranean Programme
The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen"The Urban Homestead is the essential handbook for a fast-growing new movement: urbanites are becoming gardeners and farmers. By growing their own food and harnessing natural energy, they are planting seeds for the future of our cities. If you would like to harvest your own vegetables, make homemade jam or bread, raise chickens or convert to solar energy, this practical, hands-on book is full of step-by-step projects."
Lia Kiessling, Internal Communciations Coordinator, WWF International
Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife by David Burnie"For anyone interested in species and the environment this is a great reference book. I find it is the kind of book that you can randomly flip open and suddenly be engrossed by the beautiful pictures, informative graphics, and easy to access information about animals and ecosystems."
Nigel Allan, Online Content Manager, WWF International
The Diversity of Life by E. O. Wilson"As the titles hints at, it is a celebration of biodiversity, while at the same times serving as motivation for its protection." - Mike Walker, Pew Environment Group
Green Baby by Susannah Marriott"It has lots of wonderful and useful tips about raising a green baby. It is fun to read too." - Jeronima Carral
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss"As I was reading this book again, to my granddaughter, I realized how much I love it. And, I believe we have to engage children in this issue if we want to create sustainable change. " - Laurie Johnson, Nonprofit Staff Success International & 4 Elements Coaching
"A wonderful way to introduce kids to the concept of environmental stewardship, as well as something for adults, as well." - Kim
Walden by Henry David Thoreau"The book says it's not easy being in harmony with other beings in nature. Thoreau recommends, therefore, a way of life closer to everything in nature: sounds, colors, smells, textures, etc. Thus, Walden will not fail to fascinate those who have an open mind to the need and urgency to live in harmony and with attention to 'rest' of the World ..." - Giovani Felice
Part of the Pride by Kevin Richardson"This book truly shows that loving bond that can be formed between animals and humans if we only opened our hearts and trusted our animal friends." - Ben Grooms
The Way of the Panda by Henry Nicholls"It combines enviroinmental history and political history in China, and involves countries throughout the world. And the panda are extremely cute as a vehicle for all this. And let us not forget the book is well-written." Matthew J. James, Sonoma State University
"Henry Nicholls writes extremely well and has the ability to interest even sceptics in conservation issues." - Leonor Stjepic
Wildwood: A journey through trees by Roger Deakin"An inspirational book. Nature conservation writing at its best." - Simon Hawkins
Silent Spring by Rachael Carson"A very interesting look at chemicals (sp. DDT) in our environment. Written back in the 60's by a biologist,there are plenty of lessons to be learned that we still haven't learned 40+ years ago." - Monica
"This is the beginning of environmentalism and one of the first books to question our conduct on this planet. The movement and topic are outdated but the message and intention is ever more poignant." - Si Pattenden