Green Reads: Inspiring Books

ecology_of_commerce After his passing, many of the written tributes to green pioneer Ray Anderson mentioned the fact that he was moved to change the way he ran his business (and life) when he read "The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability" by Paul Hawken. That made us wonder: What environmental-themed books have moved you? We talked about the subject in the office and posed the question on our Facebook page. Staff favorites are being published below (in no particular order); we'll add other suggestions as we get them.

Favorite Green Books: Global Green Staff Picks

"The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss "Get 'em while they're young!" --Gina Goodhill

"Wump World" by Bill Pete "This favorite shows that even in the face of destruction, the planet has the ability to heal when inhabited by a respectful and responsible species." --Walker Wells

"World Without Us" by Alan Weisman "It reveals both how tentative and how lasting of an impact we have on the earth." --Walker Wells

"Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn "It's the other seminal work in my estimate, besides 'Ecology of Commerce.' It was another that impacted Ray as well." --Matt Petersen

"Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson "Carson's approach to rallying environmental activism at the mid-20th Century point remains a viable strategy to this day... put forth the urgency, back it by science, and target the heart." --Lauren Deutsch

"Everglades: River of Grass" by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas "Perfect for a budding Floridian environmentalist." --Lily Kelly

"Blue Gold" by Maude Barlow

"The Sense of Wonder" by Rachel Carson

"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

"Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit" by Al Gore

"The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan

"The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America" by Douglas Brinkley

"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau "The first environmental book to inspire me to revere and protect nature. (Although 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein" moved me before I could even read for myself.)" --Stef McDonald

"The Fifth Sacred Thing" by Starhawk "Great novel about environmentalism set in the future." --Michelle Hart

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