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Green Books for Great Minds

By Catalyst Editor
February 6, 2017

Check out the environmental- and conservation-themed books we can’t put down.

 

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

By Arlie Russell Hochschild

Eye-opening in many ways, but particularly when the author examines how large corporations in poor Southern states collude with state and local governments to allow business practices that wreak environmental devastation. The devastation directly impacts the lives of the local people but they overwhelmingly blame the government, letting the “job-creating” companies off the hook. A vicious circle of corruption and cynicism that affects us all.

Recommended by Delphine Foo-Matkin, Ecology Action Software Engineer

 

 

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

By Andrea Wulf

This is, on one hand, an exciting tale of pioneering geologist and naturalist, Humboldt’s, many adventures, but is also a meticulous examination of his huge and lasting influence on the way all of us think and live today. Humboldt was largely responsible for bringing the idea of the earth as one interconnected living organism into Western thought, but also foresaw environmental degradation.

Recommended by Liz McComb, Ecology Action Marketing and Management Specialist

 

 

Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a time of Planetary Change

By Kathleen Dean Moore

A beautiful and coherent exploration of the ethical and moral imperatives to combat climate change. Reading it inspires you to take greater action, but also gives you a strong, rational basis to help convince others to join you.

Recommended by Heather Henricks, Ecology Action Marketing Director

 

 


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