Going Green: Books you need to read


Going green is slowly becoming one of the most talked about fads, but it’s not just another fad. The go green phenomenon is here to stay. Words like environmentalism, sustainable energy, recycle do not sound alien anymore. After hearing all this talk about saving the environment, one often wonders what we can do to help. The first step to starting on that path has the right information. The internet is often a confusing source of information, with too many results with very little relevance. This is where the old school way of collecting information comes to your rescue. Man’s best friend- Books! (or e-books, to save paper.) So whether you’re already an environmental activist or a newbie greenie, if you’re looking to change your everyday lifestyle to a more environment-friendly one or you’re a corporate house aiming at building a sustainable green business, you’re in the right place. Take your pick and get reading!

The Principles of Sustainability by Simon Dresner

If you’re looking just to strengthen your core knowledge, this is the book that you need to pick up. With increasing rapid environmental deterioration, sustainability is the most important issue facing the world today. This book directly tackles the questions of If and how we can create a sustainable society. It goes beyond rhetoric about “sustainable development” and tries to explain the deeper issues in a way that is accessible and interesting to the non-specialist reader. To get the most of this book, read it as a philosophy textbook rather than a scientific one. You are sure to be rewarded with a whole new outlook on sustainable living. This book will be invaluable to students, academics and activists concerned with the topics of sustainability and sustainable development

Eco Chic: How to be Ethical and Easy on the Eye by Matilda Lee

This book is for all the fashionistas out there. Ethical clothing is one of the hottest trends on the catwalk. “Eco Chic” gives you the full story on this fashion phenomenon, ranging from which fabrics are harmful to the environment, to how you can create your eco-friendly fashions through recycling and savvy shopping. The book will help you discover how to spot and avoid garments produced in sweatshops and why supermarket ‘fast clothes’ make both you and the planet sick. This great thing about this book is that it in no way pretends that eco-clothing is going to save the world. It, however, does talk about the problems faced by the industry and what can be done to overcome them. Although this book is slightly UK-centric, it does have a ton information that all of us can use. 

The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World  by Peter M. Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur, Sara Schley

We often read about various tie-ups of the big multinational houses with environmental and social justice organizations to ensure better stewardship of the earth and better livelihoods in the developing world. This book is exactly about that and so much more. It’s filled to the brim with stories from individuals and organizations tackling social and environmental problems around the globe which truly inspire.The Necessary Revolution reveals how ordinary people at every level are transforming their businesses and communities. Among the stories on these pages is the evolution of Sweden’s “Green Zone,” Alcoa’s water use reduction goals, GE’s eco-imagination initiative, and Seventh Generation’s decision to shift some of their advertising to youth-led social change programs.At its heart, this book contains a treasure chest of strategies that individuals and organizations can use and help us build the competence that this environment challenge demands. It is an essential guidebook for all of us who recognize the need to act and work together—now—to create a sustainable world, both for ourselves and for the generations to follow.

The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food by Tanya L. K. Denckla

They say you are what you eat. Although buying organic foodstuff can prove to be heavy on the pocket, growing it- not so much.  This book has six comprehensive chapters cover vegetables, fruits and nuts, herbs, organic remedies, and allies and companions. Within each chapter plants are arranged alphabetically, making needed information eminently accessible. Individual plant entries provide specific information on planting; temperature; soil and water needs; measurements; seed-starting dates; pests, diseases, allies, companions, and incompatibles, as applicable; when to harvest; how to store produce; and overviews of selected varieties. Fully half of the book is dedicated to organic remedies that can prevent or combat plant diseases and garden pests. Hundreds of common diseases and pests are discussed, as well as which plants are likely to be affected, how to recognize the problem, and tried-and-true natural remedies. The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food demystifies how to work collaboratively with the complex natural systems of the environment, making gardening a little easier and definitely more fun.


The Eco-Travel Guide by Alastair Fuad-Luke

As you see around you, Travel habits today are changing: airlines are investing in greener fuels, carbon offset programs are gaining in popularity, and people increasingly are looking for alternative travel means and destinations. “The Eco-Travel Guide” is more than just a destination green travel guide, it considers every aspect of travel, from daily commuting to global vacation. If you’re an avid traveller then this could be one of your go to books.


The above books were listed just to give you an idea of the kind of literature that exists on the subject of going green. It’s being talked about, written about and debated about. There are hundreds and thousands of other books out there waiting to be included in this list as this list and one hopes that they too will get their due someday. Only you can give it to them. Go ahead and read as much about the cause as possible as it is an integral part of your everyday being and existence.

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