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Easy Being Green

With the recent declaration of “Carbon Neutral” as the Oxford Word of the Year, Exxon admitting climate change is real, the British Columbia government announcing a reasonably aggressive plan to address climate change, and the unexpected popularity (success) of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth it would seem that the time for ‘green’ has come.

So here are 10 titles to help celebrate the new shade (this isn’t a top 10, or the best all-time books, just a 10 interesting and thought-provoking books):

  1. Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century – Alex Steffan
  2. Weather Makers – Tim Flannery
  3. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things – William McDonough & Michael Braungart (Author)
  4. The Ecology of Commerce – Paul Hawken
  5. Massive Change – Bruce Mau
  6. The Revenge of Gaia – James Lovelock
  7. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change – Elizabeth Kolbert
  8. Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning – George Monbiot
  9. The End of Nature – Bill Mckibben
  10. The Lorax – Dr. Seuss

I am about halfway through the list (The Lorax was easy), while some of the others are proving a heavier read.

Please add your favourites…

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3 Responses to “Easy Being Green”

  1. Hi! Interesting list.

    “Cradle to Cradle” is the book printed on “paper substitute,” right? I think Elizabeth Royte mentions that book in *her* book, “Garbage Land.” (Check it out here: http://rkaufman.wordpress.com/2007/02/26/garbage-land/)

  2. Yes, you are right.

    From the “official” Cradle to Cradle site:

    It is printed on a synthetic ‘paper,’ made from plastic resins and inorganic fillers, designed to look and feel like top quality paper while also being waterproof and rugged. And the book can be easily recycled in localities with systems to collect polypropylene, like that in yogurt containers. This ‘treeless’ book points the way toward the day when synthetic books, like many other products, can be used, recycled, and used again without losing any material quality—in cradle-to-cradle cycles.

  3. Hmmn .. that’s a good list.

    The Ecology of Commerce is a good read. I am yet to get my hand on the others. My next choice will be ‘cradle to cradle’ i guess.