Sustainability is one of those topics that is constantly evolving and there are always new things to learn and different viewpoints to be seen. That's why no matter if you are just starting or a seasoned eco-warrior, reading some good books on the topic is a great way to learn something new or simply to find some inspiration and motivation to pursue a more planet-friendly lifestyle. I've got a few favorites that I'll detail below to get you started and I'd love to hear your recommendations as well in the comments!
1. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
A famous environmental conservation book credited with starting the movement in the 1960s, this is a must read for any budding eco-warrior. Though it was written more than 50 years ago, it still feels very relevant and is written so eloquently.
2. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
A very telling and realistic view on what it will really take to stop climate change on a large scale. This book causes us to look beneath the contributing forces of climate change to find what is really driving them: Deregulated global capitalism. Luckily there are some things we can do to effect change in this area and push governments and companies to work towards a sustainable global economy. But it will take action on a massive scale, so best add this one to your reading list ASAP!
3. 2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration by Damon Gameau
The book accompaniment to the hit documentary, this is a great practical guide for actions we can all take in our own homes and daily lives to create a more sustainable lifestyle.
4. Outsmart Waste by Tom Szaky
Written by the founder of TerraCycle, Tom Szaky, this is a great indepth look at the waste problem plaguing our modern world today. The book really leans on the idea that TerraCycle was built on which is that there is no such thing as garbage and that everything can be reused or re-engineered into a second life.
5. Rewilding The World by Caroline Fraser
This book is a real page-turner on the environmental efforts from scientists and conservationists around the world to save the world's most endangered species and landscapes. A truly inspiring read!