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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert explains how extinctions, threats to water and agriculture, and more severe droughts and weather events are being driven by human actions.

Green Guide Families: The Complete Reference for Eco-friendly Parents by Zandonella, Catherine includes energy, materials, educating children

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen, former NASA scientist 

Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse by David Orr, a “guarded best-case scenario” (Bill McKibben) 

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert, an introduction to climate issues by an author who wrote about the acidification of oceans. 

The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-up, the Prescription by Ross Gelbspan, who exposes the fossil fuel industry’s cover-up of climate crisis

Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilbur

365 Ways to Save the Earth by Phillippe Bourseiller

Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You! by Laurie David

The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery

Boiling Point by Rob Gelbspan

The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth

Deep Economy by Bill McKibben

Big Coal: the Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future by Jeff Goodell


Strange as This Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake tells a moving story of mountaintop coal mining in West Virginia and its effects on the people.

Hazard by Gardiner Harris describes the investigation of a coal mining accident in Kentucky. The author is a NY Times reporter who spend four years in Hazard, KY.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver imagines the unexpected behavior of monarch butterflies which draws the attention of scientists and a woman whose life is changed by the encounter.

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, in which a teacher seeking pupil interested in saving the world is a highly educated gorilla.

Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh centers on effects of fracking on families in rural Pennsylvannia.