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Top 5 Books to Change the Way You See the Planet (and Yourself)
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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization by Roy Scranton

City Lights Open Media
War veteran and journalist Roy Scranton drew on his experiences in Iraq to formulate this remarkable response to climate change. The result is a fierce and honest book that lucidly reveals the depth of the climate crisis and calls for us to come to terms with our mortality to help us survive our future.

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Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths

Hamish Hamilton
Part travelogue, part poetry and part political exposé. For this extraordinary book Griffiths travelled to the Peruvian Amazon, the Canadian Arctic, the Indonesian Ocean, the Australian bush and the mountains of West Papua, exposing everything from the horrific treatment of indigenous people to the savagery of modern American warfare.

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The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World by Lewis Hyde

Canons A champion of creativity in a money-driven society, this brilliant read dips into literature, anthropology and psychology to show you how to maintain yourself in a commercial world when the essential part of what you do cannot be bought or sold. With an inspiring forward by Margaret Atwood.

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Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich by Duane Elgin

William Morrow First published in 1981, this powerful and visionary book on sustainable living shows us how to make active, positive changes to the way we live to help save ourselves and the planet. It’s still one of the best books on the subject, and more needed than ever.

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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Penguin
First published in 1962, Carson’s book exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides and inspired the ecological movement. Thanks to the public awareness of the environment it created, harmful pesticides such as DDT were banned from use in the US and countries around the world.

 

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