Books for a Better Planet : LWB's Favorite Earth Day Reads / by Allister Chang

On April 22nd, 1970 an estimated 20 million people across the United States gathered in elementary schools, universities, community centers, and other public spaces to raise awareness of pollution’s impact on our fragile planet. Although nearly fifty years have passed since the first-ever Earth Day, millions of Americans and people worldwide continue to celebrate this day by advocating for policy changes that promote the well-being of our planet.

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share some of our favorite books about sustainability and the environment. We hope these “green reads” equip you with the information that you need to become a steward of planet Earth and advocate for its protection.

Celebrate Earth Day!

Grab a book and then get to work — the time to protect Mother Earth is now.

(Please note: the links below will take you to Amazon, but these titles can also be found at your local bookshop)

  1. Half Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life by E.O. Wilson

    Wilson urges us to devote half of Earth’s surface to a human-free natural reserve in order to preserve biodiversity. He explains what the biosphere actually is and offers an attainable solution towards preserving Earth.

  2. Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change by Lisa Palmer

    Journalist Lisa Palmer has traveled around the world and shares her findings on innovations of people and organizations that fight the food gap. She shares various stories she’s encountered that deal with two of Earth’s greatest challenges: climate change and global hunger.

  3. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

    Klein makes a compelling argument that climate crisis cannot be addressed in the current era of neoliberal market fundamentalism. We must instead change our relationship with nature and describes how reducing our greenhouse emission is a main priority we should work towards.

  4. Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility by Dorceta Taylor

    Learn about Environmental Racism and negative impacts it brings onto poor and minority communities of St. Louis, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Oklahoma City. Taylor explores various controversies regarding racially-motivated decisions and residential segregation, zoning, and exposure to environmental hazards.

  5. The Madhouse Effect by Michael Mann and Tom Toles

    This book combines climate-scientist Michael Mann and cartoonist Tom Toles to discuss how science works and address major deniers of climate-change. A few humorous cartoon sketches offer readers ways to respond back at various counter-scientific strategies.

  6. EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, Rinses, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox

    Interested in homemade beauty products? This book pleasantly gives recipes on various economic and environmental friendly beauty products you can make at home!