by James Wallace Harris, Saturday, July 15, 2015
- We will destroy civilization before the end of the century.
- Denying science is denying reality.
- Denying evidence for personal gain is treason to our species
- Greed is destroying all the species on this planet including our own.
- Self-interest is leading to species suicide.
- We have the knowledge and technology to solve our problems.
- We must change the way we live to save the planet.
- Human nature is too stupid to survive free market capitalism.
- We will not save the world just by buying LED light bulbs and driving electric cars.
- Reading books will not save the Earth, but it will help understand the complexity of the problems we face.
- Reading these books can be depressing.
- Not reading these books only makes our problems worse.
- Read and recommend books that help us understand the reality of your actions.
- We can only divert the collapse of civilization if we find a new sustainable way to live.
- Read ten books before deciding if I’m wrong.
- Read another ten to begin to find hope.
If you know of other good books, recommend them in the comment section.
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alan Weisman
Learning to Die in the Anthropocene by Roy Scranton
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon
Energy and Civilization: A History by Vaclav Smil
How Will Capitalism End? by Wolfgang Streeck
EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet by The Worldwatch Institute
Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope
The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
White Trash: The 400-Year Untol History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisis Coaste
Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few by Robert B. Reich
Dark Money by Jane Mayer
Getting to Green: Saving Nature – A Bipartisan Solution by Frederic C. Rich
The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World by Paul Gilding
Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean
Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery
The Carbon Farming Solution by Eric Toensmeier
Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans De Waal
Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea by Callum Roberts
Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization by Steven Solomon
Climate Change and the Health of Nations by Anthony J. McMichael
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by by Jared Diamond
6 thoughts on “Books To Read To Save The World”
Good books – I’ve read 7 of them – I’ll be reading On Tyranny shortly and I have Strangers in Their Own Land in my TBR pile and I expect also to read The Great Disruption. I get cynical when I read some too much news and I can’t let that happen – we have to hope.
“Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari.
Definitely. One of my favorites. And I just finished Homo Deus, so I could pair them.
A stupendous list. Thanks, James.
I would like to suggest a few other books for your list. Man for Himself by Erich Fromm and Toward a Psychology of Being by Abraham Maslow.