What are your top green books?

I’d like your help with something, if you’ve got a minute.

I’m starting a little project called the Little Green Library. It’s based on the Little Free Libary idea, which I’m a big fan of, but with a climate literacy twist.

I’m planning to place boxes of books on green issues in a few public locations – cafes, schools, churches, maybe actual libraries if they’ll work with me. It’ll work on trust, like the Little Free Libraries do, and will hopefully encourage the reading and sharing of books on environmental and social themes.

So, as I put the pilot box together, what shall I put in it?

If you had to put a dozen books out there for a general audience, what would they be? What are your most recommended climate books? What was most helpful or inspiring?

Recommendations in the comments please!


  1. Great idea. No particular order:
    1. There is no planet B – Mike Berners-Lee
    2. Riders on the Storm – Alastair McIntosh
    3. Your book Climate Change is Racist
    4. Ruth Valerio – Just Living
    5. Too hot to handle? – Rebecca Willis
    6. Prosperity without Growth – Tim Jackson
    7. Laudato Si’ – Pope Francis
    8. Wangari Maathai – Replenishing the Earth
    9. Rupert Read – Parents for a Future
    10. Mike Hulme – Climate Change

  2. From What Is to What If – Rob Hopkins
    The World-Ending Fire – Wendell Berry
    The Way Home – Mark Boyle
    If Women Rose Rooted – Sharon Blackie
    Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist – Paul Kingsnorth
    Active Hope – Joanna Macy

  3. Hi,
    ‘Regeneration’ by Paul Hawken is excellent and very inspiring.
    ‘We are the Weather’ by Joathan Safran Foer will make you eat less meat and convince others to do the same.

  4. Great idea!
    In my opinion you have to include Overstory by Richard Power. Others might be Wilding by Isabella Tree and The Future we Choose by Figueres/Rivett Carnac.

  5. How Bad Are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee – a great book to dip into so good for a cafe library. L is for Lifestyle by Ruth Valerio is also a good one

    Hope In Hell by Jonathan Porritt

    A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues, by Martin & Margot Hodson

    My daughter liked This Book Is Not Rubbish when she was about 10, be good to have some children’s books in there

  6. Most of my suggestions are mentioned above so I will give some an extra vote; in no particular order
    A World Ending Fire by Wendell Berry
    Confessions of s recovering Environmentalist by Paul Kingsnorth
    There is no Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee
    Affluence and Abundance by James Suzman
    Climate Justice by Mark Robinson
    The Climate Generation by L Gold
    What’s Really Happening to the Planet by Tony Juniper
    This id not a Drill by Extinction Rebellion
    No one is too small to make a difference by G Thunberg
    Losing Earth by N Rich
    Cherishing the Earth by M Hodson and M Hodson
    The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
    Oikos : God’s big word for a small planet by A Francis
    Time to act by J Williams
    What we need to do now by Chris Goodall
    The Future we choose by C Figures and T Rivett-Carmac
    Too hot to handle by Rebecca Willis
    Riders on the Storm by Alistair McIntosh
    Entangled Life by Merlin Mandrake
    Bible and Ecology by Richard Baukman
    Net zero: how we stop causing climate change byDieter Helm
    Why we disagree about climate change by Mike Hulme
    radical hope by Jonathan Lear
    A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough
    A Ministry for the Future by Tim Stanley Robinson
    Climate Change is Racist by J Williams
    How to think about Climate Change by Graham Parkes
    Towards Oikos by Mark Dick

  7. Don’t forget the kids. I used to read The Lorax (Dr Seuss) to my class every year. Brilliant expose of consmerism/capitalism from 1971

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