Guides

Book Club! Our Favourite Reads.

May 25, 2021
6 min

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” - Mortimer J. Adler

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Ecofeminism: Critique. Influence. Change: Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva 

A thought-provoking analysis on how ecological destruction has been made the particular responsibility of women. Arguing from a unique North-South perspective the co-authors leave the reader questioning everything!

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Why Women Will Save the Planet: Friends of the Earth and C40 Cities

In this unique collaboration, C40 and Friends of the Earth showcase key voices in the environmental and feminist movements. In a rallying cry to unify the two movements in the global fight for social justice, this book will spur both action and collaboration!

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Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths: Melanie Harris 

With the contribution of African American women commonly neglected, Harris uses Ecowomanism to present the distinctive contributions African American women make to the environmental justice movement. 

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Amazon Grace: Re-calling the courage to Sin Big: Mary Daly

“Amazon Grace is a challenge and an invitation to daring and desperate women everywhere”. Throughout this fantastic read Daly calls on women to preserve our true selves and prevent the patriarchy from taking away our creativity.

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Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color: Dr. Robert Bullard

Unequal Protection talks in depth about the ways in which lawmakers racially discriminate when creating environmental policies, how environmental protection laws are unfairly regulated, and how pollution excessively impacts communities of color.

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Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility: Dorceta E. Taylor

In this read, Dorceta Taylor examines the connection between residential segregation, zoning and exposure to environmental hazards in the US. Taylor provides a comprehensive overview of the link between environmental transgressions and discrimination, introducing new concepts and theories for understanding environmental justice.

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Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future: Mary Robinson

Reflecting on the uncertainty of the world in which her grandchildren were born, Mary Robinson presents a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time. In this powerful and deeply personal read, Robinson comes to a heartening revelation: that the driving force in the battle for climate justice can be found at a grassroots level.

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Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use it: Jamie Margolin

Who better to present the essential guide to changing making than Jamie Margolin, a co-leader of the global climate movement! In this guide, Jamie introduces how powerful a young person can be with advice on writing feature articles, organising successful events and peaceful protests and utilizing social media to spread a message of long-term action

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Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis: Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva connects the dots between industrial agriculture and climate change, showing that a world beyond dependence on fossil fuels and globalization is both possible and necessary. In her unique style, Vandana proposes a solution based on self-organization, sustainability, and community rather than corporate power and profits.

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants: Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Wall Kimmer embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. Throughout Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmer demonstrates the significance of a wider ecological consciousness and how this will require both the acknowledgment and celebration of our relationship with the rest of the living world.

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The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet: Sheila Watt-Cloutier

The Right to Be Cold is a human story of resilience, commitment and survival told by Inuk activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier; one of the most influential environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world. Throughout the book Watt-Cloutier passionately argues that climate change is a human rights issue and one to which all of us on the planet are inextricably linked.