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This Changes Everything
Capitalism vs. The Climate
Naomi Klein - Aug 04, 2015
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Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It's not about carbon – it's about capitalism. The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers Shock Doctrine and No Logo, exposes the ...
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Brit Marling
The Uninhabitable Earth
Life After Warming
David Wallace-Wells - Mar 17, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With a new afterwordIt is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible--food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.The Uninhabitable Earth is both a trave...
The End of Nature
Bill McKibben - Jun 13, 2006 (first published in 1989)
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Reissued on the tenth anniversary of its publication, this classic work on our environmental crisis features a new introduction by the author, reviewing both the progress and ground lost in the fight to save the earth.This impassioned plea for radical and life-renewing change is today still considered a groundbreaking work in environmental studies....
An Inconvenient Truth
The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
Al Gore - May 26, 2006
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An Inconvenient Truth—Gore's groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance—is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book...
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Richard Branson
The Lorax
Dr. Seuss - Aug 12, 1971
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"UNLESS someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. His classic cautionary tale is now available in an irresis...
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Amy Cuddy
Cradle to Cradle
Remaking the Way We Make Things
Michael Braungart - Apr 22, 2002
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"Reduce, reuse, recycle," urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart point out in this provocative, visionary book, such an approach only perpetuates the one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing model, dating to the Industrial Revolution, th...
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Joe Gebbia
Compost Stew
An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
Mary McKenna Siddals - Oct 14, 2014 (first published in 2010)
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From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile!   Kids everywhere are knowledgeable about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compos...
Braiding Sweetgrass
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer - Aug 11, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" (Publishers Weekly) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass is poised to be a classic of nature writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmere...
The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein - Mar 01, 2004 (first published in 1964)
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"Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk . . . and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew old...
A Sand County Almanac
Aldo Leopold - Dec 12, 1986 (first published in 1949)
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"We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir." San Francisco ChronicleThese astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape -- the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. A stunning tribute to our land and a bold challenge ...
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Mike Phillips
The Overstory
A Novel
Richard Powers - Apr 02, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wa...
One Love by Cedella Marley
The Water Princess by Susan Verde
Rising by Elizabeth Rush
Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken
Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
Losing Earth by Nathaniel Rich
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh
The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition by Paul Hawken
Touch the Earth by Julian Lennon
Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor
Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop
Bee & Me by Alison Jay
Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner
Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee
The Control of Nature by John McPhee
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth
The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
On Fire by Naomi Klein
The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles Mann
Color and Light by James Gurney
The Ends of the World by Peter Brannen
I am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer
Drawdown by Paul Hawken
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul
The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
The Madhouse Effect by Michael Mann
Neither Wolf nor Dog 25th Anniversary Edition by Kent Nerburn
A Terrible Thing to Waste by Harriet A. Washington
26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi
Falter by Bill Mckibben
Where the Wild Things Were by William Stolzenburg
Small Is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher
The Unlikely Thru-Hiker by Derick Lugo
The Gulf by Jack E Davis
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
The World Is Blue by Sylvia A. Earle
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins
The Hidden Half of Nature by David R. Montgomery
Naturalist by Edward O. Wilson
Ordinary People Change the World Gift Set by Brad Meltzer
Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau
The End of Ice by Dahr Jamail
Stalking The Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons
American Earth by Bill McKibben
Visionary Women by Andrea Barnet
Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler
Bee Quest by Dave Goulson
My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall
Don't Let Them Disappear by Chelsea Clinton
Dire Predictions by Michael E. Mann
How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture by Rob Alexander
Light for Visual Artists by Richard Yot
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches
Born naked by Farley Mowat
The Watcher by Jeanette Winter
OtherWorlds by Tom Kidd
Stalking The Healthful Herbs by Euell Gibbons
Resurrection Science by M. R. O'Connor
Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn
Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes by Rob Alexander
Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
Basher Science by Simon Basher
Master the Art of Speed Painting by 3dtotal Publishing
Art Fundamentals by Gilles Beloeil
Fiona the Hippo by Zondervan
Downriver by Heather Hansman
Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist by Ray Anderson
Don't Even Think About It by George Marshall
Climate Change by Joseph Romm
Digital Painting Techniques by 3dtotal.Com