Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community by Bill McKibben 2007.

Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement by Jonathan Isham (Editor), Sissel Waage (Editor), Bill McKibben (Introduction) 2007.   Biodiversity/Life Interconnectedness:

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. Picador, January 6, 2015.

The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson. Publisher: Abacus- July 3, 2003.

Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming.  By Eban Goodstein 2007.

Harmony: A New Way of Looking at our World HRH The Prince of Wales shares his views on how our most pressing modern challenges—from climate change to poverty—are rooted in mankind’s disharmony with nature, presenting a compelling case that the solution lies in our ability to regain a balance with the world around us. Harper, Nov 2010.

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril — Kathleen Dean Moore (Editor), Michael P. Nelson (Editor) Moral Ground brings together the testimony of over eighty visionaries—theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturalists, activists, and writers—to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to our planet. Trinity University Press Aug, 2010.   Books On Line:

Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming introduces a new generation of writers and photographers with a personal connection to global warming. 67 essays and images picked by the Union of Concerned Scientists’ about beloved places, people, plants, animals, and activities at risk from a changing climate—and the efforts that individuals are making to save what they love.

Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free electronic books (ebooks). There are over 28,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog and over 100,000 titles are available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources.

Walden: Life in the Woods. Author: Henry David Thoreau. Edition Used: Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1854. Encyclopedia of Earth. Free.

Scribd Store- an online document store where anyone- from professional publishers and authors to students, scientists, and artists- can upload and sell sample chapters of books, research reports, homework, recipes and the like. Users can read documents on the site, embed them in other sites and share links over social networks and e-mail.   Building:

Rocky Mountain Institute. Green Building Sources. A list of recommended green building books.

Design with Nature by Ian L. McHarg, 1995.

Prescriptions for a Healthy House : A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders & Homeowners by Paula Baker-Laporte, Erica Elliott, John Banta, 2008.

Green Design: A Healthy Home Handbook by Alan Berman, Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Revised edition, Nov 18, 2008.

Creating a Sustainable Home: A Practical Guide to Building, Remodeling, or Retrofitting Your Home for Healthy Living by Georgia Mayfield, Publisher: Silverleaf Press, Jan 1, 2009.

Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature (Natural Home & Garden) (Paperback) by Carol Venolia, Kelly Lerner. Publisher: Lark Books, June 28, 2006.

Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates by Paul Lacinski & Michel Bergeron. Chelsea Green Publishing Company; 1st edition, December, 2000.   Chemicals:

Silent Spring (Paperback) by Rachel Carson Publisher: Mariner Books; 1st ed pub. 1962.

Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic  Traditionally thought of as the last great unspoiled territory on Earth, the Arctic is in reality home to some of the most contaminated people and animals on the planet. Awarded a major grant to conduct an exhaustive study of the deteriorating environment of the Arctic by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Los Angeles Times environmental reporter Marla Cone traveled across the Arctic, from Greenland to the Aleutian Islands, to find out why the Arctic is toxic. Grove Press, 2006.

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?–A Scientific Detective Story (Paperback) by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, John Peter Meyers. Publisher: Plume, March 1, 1997.

Our Toxic World: A Wake Up Call (Paperback) by Doris Rapp. Publisher: Environmental Research Foundation, Oct 2003.   Children:    Clean Energy:   see also Renewable Energy Below…

Appollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy. Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks, contains stories from businesspeople, engineers and others, who are working to advance the clean energy economy. Island Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2007).

Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming (Paperback) by Miriam Horn & Fred Krupp. Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.; Reprint edition, March 16, 2009.

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air by David JC MacKay. An essential energy policy reference. UIT Cambridge Ltd. 2009.  


Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, 2012.

Odds Against Tomorrow, A Novel by Nathaniel Rich.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.

The Year of the Flood: A Novel by Margaret Atwood.
Anchor, 2009.


This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein. Simon & Schuster, September 16, 2014.

Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat–and How to Counter It, by Wallace S. Broecker and Robert Kunzig. Pub. Hill and Wang April 15, 2008.

Climate Change: Picturing the Science, by Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe. An intro to climate science. Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. April 6, 2009.

The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate by David Archer. Publisher: Princeton University Press; October 6, 2008. Another great first book on climate science.

With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change by Fred Pearce. A concise sourcebook of solid evidence on climate change. Publisher: Beacon Press; March 7, 2007.

Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World” by Gary Braasch, dramatic photographs, maps and quotes and research of world climate science leaders. University of California Press; 2 ed., March 2009.

The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery. Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press- January 27, 2006.

The Climate War by Eric Pooley–deputy editor of Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Behind the scenes and into the hearts and minds of the most important players in the struggle to cap global warming pollution–a fight in which trillions of dollars and the fate of the planet are at stake. Publisher: Hyperion- June 8, 2010.   “All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”
Ernest Hemingway   Community:

Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life  by Zoe Weil. Atria Books/Beyond Words; Jan, 2009.

That Distant Land: The Collected Stories (Port William) (Paperback) by Wendell Berry. Publisher: Counterpoint. March 10, 2005.

Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life: A Reader’s Guide (Paperback) by J. Matthew Bonzo, Michael R. Stevens. An overview of Wendell Berry’s philosophies. Publisher: Brazos Press, Dec 1, 2008.

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Paperback) by Bill McKibben. Publisher: Holt Paperbacks, March 4, 2008.    Efficiency:

Green Home Improvement: 65 Projects That Will Cut Utility Bills, Protect Your Health & Help the the Environment by Daniel D. Chiras, Publisher: Robert S Means Co., July 31, 2008.   Environment:

The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment (Hardcover) by Paul & Anne Ehrlich. Pub: Island Press, June 30, 2008.   Exchange/Rent:

Book Mooch. Give books away. Get books you want. A community for exchanging used books. There is no cost to join or use the web site: your only cost is mailing your books to others.

Paperback Swap– Mail a book. Get a book. Any book you request is yours to keep, share or trade. No processing charges. Every time you mail a book to another member, you can request one for yourself from over 3.3 Million.

BookSwim– online book rental library service lending you paperbacks, hardcovers and college textbooks directly to your home, without the need to purchase. They stock all the latest bestsellers, new releases, and classics with free shipping both ways. Read your books as long as you want, no late fees. Plans start at $10 a month.   Food:

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (Paperback) by Michael Pollan. Publisher: Penguin April 28, 2009.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Paperback) by Barbara Kingsolver. Publisher: Harper Perennial, April 29, 2008.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Paperback) by Michael Pollan  Publisher: Penguin, August 28, 2007.

Fair Food is an enlightening and inspiring guide to changing not only what we eat, but how food is grown, packaged, delivered, marketed, and sold. By Oran B. Hesterman Publisher: PublicAffairs; May, 2011.

The Conscious Kitchen: The New Way to Buy and Cook Food – to Protect the Earth, Improve Your Health, and Eat Deliciously by Alexandra Zissu walks readers through every kitchen-related decision with three criteria in mind: what’s good for personal health, what’s good for the planet, and what tastes great. Real world, practical solutions. Clarkson Potter; March, 2010.

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes (Hardcover) by Mark Bittman Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Dec 30, 2008.

Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Paperback) by Frances Moore Lappe, Anna Lappé. Publisher: Tarcher, April 24, 2003.

Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It by Jill Richardson. Publisher: Ig Publishing, July 1, 2009.

Slow Food Nation A Blueprint for Changing the Way We Eat By Carlo Petrini, the charismatic leader of the Slow Food movement outlines many different routes by which we may take back control of our food. Rizzoli Publication Date: May 8, 2007.

A Return to Common Sense By John Ikerd. An intense and engaging story of personal transformation combined with sweeping analysis and a call for societal change based on shared insights of universal principles of humanity – our common sense. R.T. Edwards Publication March 2007.

The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother’s Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America’s Food Supply– and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself  by Robyn O’Brien and Rachel Kranz. Publisher: Broadway May 11, 2010.

Genetic Roulette The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods by Jeffrey M. Smith. Eating genetically modified food is gambling with every bite. Explains 65 health dangers, links GMOs to toxic and allergic reactions, thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals. Publisher: Chelsea Green 2007.

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating. Presents evidence why genetically modified crops may lead to health and environmental catastrophes, and what we can do about it. Publisher: Yes! Books 2003.

Your Right to Know Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food [With Pocket Shopper’s Guide] By Andrew Kimbrell. A complete, full-color reference guide outlining how unmarked genetically modified foods go from the factory to the family dining table, and what consumers can do about the health risks they present. Earth Aware Editions, Publication Date: March 2007.

American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) Hardcover by Jonathan Bloom. ‘Bloom’s most interesting point is psychological: we have trained ourselves to regard food as a symbol of American plenty that should be available at all seasons and times, and in dizzying quantities.’ Da Capo Lifelong Books, Oct 2010.   Forests/Trees:

Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees by Nalini Nadkarni. University of California Press 2008.   Gardening:                        For pest control see Insects below…

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening by Maria Rodale and Pauline Pears, 2005. Publisher: DK April 2005.

The Garden Primer: Second Edition by Barbara Damrosch. Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 2nd edition February 2008.

Container Gardening for Health: The 12 Most Important Fruits & Vegetables for Your Organic Garden by Barbara Barker. An organic guide to growing the twelve fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues according to USDA testing. Prairie Oak Publishing March 2009. Author signed copy.

The Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn by Fritz Haeg proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. Publisher: Metropolis Books; illustrated edition Feb 2008.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible: Discover Ed’s High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions (Paperback) by Edward C. Smith. Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC February 2000.

All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook: Taking the Harvest to the Table Hardcover by Mel Bartholomew, an engineer by profession and a gardener by weekend. Using his engineering expertise, he developed a system that yields 100% of the harvest in 20% of the space. Publisher: Cool Springs Press, January 1, 2010.

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded (Paperback) by Douglas W. Tallamy. Timber Press; Expanded Edition edition (April 1, 2009).

Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants (Hardcover) by William Cullina. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 12, 2002). Geothermal:

The Smart Guide to Geothermal: How to Harvest Earth’s Free Energy for Heating and Cooling By Donal Blaise Lloyd. Discover why geothermal heating and cooling is the most energy efficient technology available to homeowners, and how all homes–new or retrofit, in hot or cold climates–can use this reliable, silent, non-polluting way of extracting free energy from the earth. PixyJack Press; May 15, 2011.   GMOs:

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating (Paperback) by Jeffrey M. Smith Publisher: Yes! Books, Sep 2003.   Green Jobs:

Careers in Renewable Energy: Get a Green Energy Job (Paperback) by Gregory McNamee. Publisher: PixyJack Press; March 1, 2008.   Greening the Economy:

The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good by Ryan Honeyman, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, October 13, 2014.

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems. By Van Jones 2008.

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Paperback) by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins  Publisher: Back Bay Books, Dec 1, 2008.

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Third Edition (Paperback) by Lester R. Brown. Publisher: W. W. Norton; 3 edition, Jan 16, 2008.

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Paperback) by Bill McKibben. Publisher: Holt Paperbacks, March 4, 2008.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America (Hardcover) by Thomas L. Friedman. Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Sept 8, 2008.   Greywater:

The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems – Includes Branched Drains (Paperback) by Art Ludwig. Publisher: Oasis Design; 5 Rev Exp edition, Sept 30, 2006. Use your greywater to water your landscape.   Insects:

A Spring without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply (Paperback) by Michael Schacker Publisher: The Lyons Press, May 2009.

Tiny Game Hunting: Environmentally Healthy Ways to Trap and Kill the Pests in Your House and Garden, by Hilary Dole Klein and Adrian M. Wenner. How to make bug juice and more. University of California Press; June 2001.

Natural Enemies Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest Control by Mary Louise Flint. Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition February 1999.

The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals. Editors Barbara W. Ellis and Fern Marshall Bradley. Rodale Books; May 1996.   Nature:

A Sand County Almanac (Paperback) by Aldo Leopold. Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1st pub. 1949.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus. Publisher: Harper Perennial- September 17, 2002.

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets. Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening). Publisher: Ten Speed Press- October 2005. Oceans:

Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis by Alanna Mitchell. Published in Canada by McClelland & Stewart, in the U.S. by University of Chicago Press October 2009. Examines the current state of the world’s oceans. Mitchell examined nine of the global oceans’ hotspots to see firsthand what is really happening in the world’s oceans. The impact of coral reef bleaching, the puzzle of the growing number of oxygen-less dead zones, the implications of the increasing acidification of the sea. Explains the science behind the story.   Organic:

The Eco-Foods Guide: What’s Good for the Earth is Good for You! (Paperback) by Cynthia Barstow. Publisher: New Society Publishers. Oct 1, 2002. Plastics:

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. April 18, 2011.     “Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them” Ralph Waldo Emerson   Policy:

Global climate change and U.S. Law  Michael Gerrard, editor. Published by American Bar Association, 2007.  A comprehensive, current examination of U.S. law as it relates to global climate change.   Recycling:

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough & Michael Braungart. Publisher: North Point Press; 1st edition April 2002.

Choose to Reuse: An Encyclopedia of Services, Businesses, Tools & Charitable Programs That Foster Reuse (Paperback) by Nikki & David Goldbeck. Ceres Press; March 1995.  An alphabetical directory of more than 2,000 products, services, and organizations that facilitate the reusing of goods. Entries usually include a brief overview of the item and its impact on the environment.   Renewable Energy:

The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy by Dan Chiras gives readers sufficient knowledge to hire and communicate effectively with contractors and, for those wanting do installations themselves, it recommends more detailed manuals. Paperback- ISBN: 086571536X Mother Earth News: 2006.

Renewable Energy Made Easy: Free Energy from Solar, Wind, Hydropower, and Other Alternative Energy Sources by David Craddock, 2008.   Reviews:

Good Reads– social network. Book recommendations from serious book readers. Keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read. Join book groups.   Soil:

Soil Atlas: Facts and figures about earth, land and fields. Jan 08, 2015. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. Free PDF Download. It takes several thousand years to build a thin layer of fertile topsoil, but only an hour of heavy rain to lose it. This Soil Atlas shows what can succeed and why the soil should concern us all.   Solar/Passive:

Passive Solar House: The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your Home by James Kachadorian, Chelsea Green Publishing Co., 2006.

The Passive Solar Primer: Sustainable Architecture by David Wright, Schiffer Publishing; illustrated edition, July 28, 2008.

A Survey of Passive Solar Buildings by Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, U. S. Department of Energy, AIA Research Corporation, University Press of the Pacific 2005.

The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling by Daniel D. Chiras, Chelsea Green Publishing Co., 2002.   Solar:

Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water And Space Heating Systems  by Bob Ramlow, Benjamin Nusz. New Society Publishers, 2006.

Solar Living Sourcebook edited by Real Goods President and Founder John Schaeffer. Publisher: Gaiam Real Goods; 30th Anniversary edition September 1, 2007.

Got Sun? Go Solar: Get Free Renewable Energy to Power Your Grid-Tied Home (Paperback) by Rex A. Ewing; Doug Pratt. PixyJack Press, LLC, June 15, 2005. Covers costs and equipment needed.   Suburbs:

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape (Paperback) by James Howard Kunstler. Publisher: Free Press, July 26, 1994.   Sustainability:

Building a Culture for Sustainability: People, Planet, and Profits in a New Green Economy   by Jeana Wirtenberg. Praeger, January 27, 2014.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (Paperback) by William McDonough. Publisher: North Point Press; April 22, 2002.

Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher. Hartley and Marks Publishers 1973.   Teaching:

Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America (Paperback) by Jay Mathews. 2009. Publisher: Algonquin Books.

Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education by David Sobel speaks to teachers, parents, and others interested in nurturing in children the ability to understand and care deeply for nature from an early age. Technology:

Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact (Technical Revolutions and Their Lasting Impact) by Vaclav Smil. Oxford University Press, 2005. Urbanism:

Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change by Peter Calthorpe shows how regionally scaled urbanism can be combined with green technology to achieve not only needed reductions in carbon emissions but other critical economies and lifestyle benefits. A call to action and a road map for moving forward.  Island Press Dec. 2010.   Water:

The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life. By Thomas M. Kostigen. Explains the breakthrough concept of Virtual Water and how redirecting our daily actions can shore up the world’s water supply.  (Rodale 2010).

Globalization of water: Sharing the planet’s freshwater resources. Authors: Arjen Y. Hoekstra, Ashok K. Chapagain. Blackwell Publishing, 2008, Oxford, UK.   Water Barrels:

Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use–Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks (Paperback) by Art Ludwig. Publisher: Oasis Design, May 30, 2005.   Weddings:

The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget (Paperback) by Kate L. Harrison. Publisher: Casablanca Pr Dec1, 2008.   Wind:

How to Choose Wind Power for your Home, Farm, Business or Community”  Paperback- Mother Earth News Guide 2008.


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