With environmental issues mounting and making their impact visible in every aspect of our life, it is time that we make ourselves aware of the perils that are wreaking havoc on our mother earth. To free it from the clutches of these dangers, we should know how we are responsible for the worsening situation.
To realize the gravity of these issues and the urgency to mitigate them the first and most important thing that you should do is learn about the changes taking place on earth and the consequences of your actions. Every environmentalist has highlighted the importance of environmental education to steer the conversation in the right direction and the best way to do this is by reading.
I have compiled a list of 5 insightful books on the environmental crises that everyone should get their hands on.
1. The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells:-
Want to develop your vision about global warming and climate change that have engulfed the planet earth? Then this is a brilliant book for you.
In this book, journalist David Wallace Wells takes you deep into the consequences of global warming and portrays what will happen in the future if we do not take action today. To convince the readers that climate change is an emergency, David Wallace-Wells has used shocking and scary facts.
The best thing about this book is that it does not end on a pessimistic note but goes on to tell how we can mitigate the effects of climate change.
2. How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum:-
Plastic pollution is a problem that is spiraling upwards at a very fast rate with more than ten million tons of plastic waste being dumped into oceans every year. It is the need of the hour that we start taking steps towards reducing the use of plastic.
The author of this book, Will McCallum is an activist who has been an integral part of the campaign against the use of plastic in the UK. In this enlightening book, he educates us about the dangers of plastic pollution on our ecosystems and lays down a guide on what we can do at our individual levels. If you are looking for ways to take part in this battle against plastic, then this book is just for you.
What makes this book special is that the suggestions given by the author are practical and can be followed by everyone easily. The sustainable alternatives range from throwing a plastic-free birthday party to something as simple as using a shampoo bar instead of a bottle.
3. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg:-
This book is a compilation of 11 speeches of the environmental activist, Greta Thunberg who has been raising her voice and urging global leaders to take prompt and effective action for climate change mitigation.
Greta Thunberg’s powerful words like, “I want you to act as if your house is on fire. Because it is”, will compel you to stop neglecting the climate crisis and start adopting ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
If you need inspiration and a push to get involved in the conservation of the environment, then don’t wait to read this small book.
4. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart:-
This is a phenomenal book on sustainability that everyone should read. It advocates a completely different and novel approach.
While you will find all the environmentalists suggest the principle of three Rs, reduce, reuse and recycle, the authors of this book with the help of their research point towards the problem in the current methods of manufacturing. They advocate the need to improve the design of the things we make in such a way that we do not have to encounter waste in the first place.
5. Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson:-
Mary Robinson is the former president of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
This book written by her is perfect if you want to understand the impact of climate change on the human population. It depicts how climate change leads to gross violation of human rights and how its maximum brunt is faced by vulnerable communities.
Mary Robinson recounts stories of women whose resilience fills the world with hope. Through their accounts, she highlights how women at the grassroots level are fighting for climate justice.
Author- Ramesh Chaurasia
A superior and highly experienced entrepreneur in the field of business for quite a long time now. Also, a philanthropist, author, and public speaker who believes in working towards the overall well-being and betterment of the society as a whole.