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Environmental Exploitation

The environmental exploitation of ecosystems by humans deeply affects our food, health, air and water quality, plant and animal diversity, and much more. Low-income and impoverished communities and communities of color are especially hard-hit while the global trend strains natural resources as wealthy communities continue to demand a higher standard of living. This has led to some irreversible loss and destruction of our natural resources, such as trees, fossil fuels, sand, and water, calling for a closer look at sustainability, conservation, environmental education and aid, and power and system shifts. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways.

Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet

The book will appeal most to people who realize that they are “tree people.” It is poetic, educational, inspirational, spiritual, and down to earth, covering the subject of trees from anatomy and physiology to trees as archetypal and sacred symbols.

The Way of Imagination: Essays

Scott Russell Sanders shows how imagination, linked to compassion, can help us solve the urgent ecological and social challenges we face.

The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology

A radical argument about the root causes of climate change, The Closing Circle was progressive when it was written in 1971 and its message remains increasingly relevant today.

Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet

An original and compelling argument about how to control climate change by conserving the world’s megaforests.

Bewilderment: A Novel

The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. Robin is a warm, kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals.

The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

A dazzling, inspiring tour through the ways that humans are working with nature to try to save the planet.

Love Letter to the Earth

While many experts point to the enormous complexity in addressing issues ranging from the destruction of ecosystems to the loss of millions of species, Thich Nhat Hanh identifies one key issue as having the potential to create a tipping point.

Elegant Simplicity: The Art of Living Well

Consume less and celebrate more for inner peace and ecological integrity Consumerism drives the pursuit of happiness in much of the world, yet as wealth grows unhappiness abounds, compounded by the grave problems of climate change, pollution, and ecological degradation.

On Care for Our Common Home: The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’

Pope Francis begins by reminding us of the Canticle of the Creatures that celebrates the earth as our common home, our sister, who embraces and blesses all of us, with abundance and beauty. The world needs a global ecological conversion before it is too late.

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