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10 Modern Books on Sustainability

Whether you’re just starting out, a zero-waste pro, or somewhere in-between, beyond the classics, these life-changing books on the power of sustainability will inspire, motivate, and help you make a real change in your lifestyle.

  1. Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

This book dives into the psychology of why so many of us know that climate change is real and dangerous, but don’t feel motivated to act. Understanding why your brain is wired this way gives you the tools to inspire others to deal with this great challenge.

  1. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

In this piece, Naomi Klein explains why addressing the root causes of climate change would also address economic inequalities and failing government systems. She advocates for a radical change in our understanding of our relationship to nature, and shows examples of change and hope spots.

  1. The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health

We all feel we have too many things and too much clutter, but we don’t know how to change our habits. This is an informative and entertaining piece that discusses how we got here and inspires readers to make a serious change in their lives to reduce and simplify.

  1. Making Sustainability Stick: The Blueprint for Successful Implementation

This is the sustainability implementation book for professionals and students of all levels. Drawing from his experience having worked with over 75 companies, Kevin Wilhelm provides the roadmap for successfully integrating sustainability and harvesting the business benefits of doing so.

  1. Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe

Author Barbara Kingsolver made a pact with her family for a year to only buy food that they grew or was raised in their neighborhood. Although she doesn’t advocate for such a dramatic change in everyone’s life, its an interesting meditation on how to reduce waste and connect with your food.

  1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

One of the largest contributors to pollution and waste is fast fashion, which makes one of the most impactful things you can do for the environment is consider a sustainable wardrobe. This book offers simple, realistic steps to make sure that your closet sparks joy for you and the planet.

  1. Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

This piece focuses on reducing consumption and challenges the notion that more is better. It emphasizes the needs of people and communities rather than companies and corporations, and offers a roadmap for a reevaluated values system.

  1. The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win

From the chairman of Seventh Generation, the leading household products brand, this book speaks to the business side of sustainability to help companies start their sustainable journeys. It discusses how to build an authentic brand and commit your company to responsible business culture.

  1. Sustainability Jobs: The Complete Guide to Landing Your Dream Job

For anyone looking to find a career in sustainability, corporate responsibility, or green business, this is a must-read. This book is full of practical tools to accelerate your job search and includes tips and suggestions from sustainability pioneers including Nike, Alaska Airlines, and the Nature Conservancy.

  1. Zero-Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste

Going zero-waste might seem intimidating, but this book offers easy ways to incorporate sustainability into your everyday life. The best part is, these tips can help save money and simplify your life, while making the planet a little greener.

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