Titles for World Environment Day

By Colleen Rowe | June 4 2021 | College & University Reads

For World Environment Day, we are providing resources to help students gain an awareness of the varying threats to the environment. Through this understanding, we hope to give them the tools to take action to help protect the planet.

 

Finding the Mother Tree

From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—Finding the Mother Tree is a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery.

 

The Uninhabitable Earth

This is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it—the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress.

 

Drawdown

Drawdown includes the 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.

 

The Story of More

At once an explanation on the mechanisms of global change and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change.

 

All We Can Save

All We Can Save illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the United States—scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and race—and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis.

 

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference

Here is a collection of Greta Thunberg’s speeches that have made history across the globe, from the United Nations to Capitol Hill and mass street protests. Her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. 

 

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical—and accessible—plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

 

Under a White Sky

In this hopeful, clear-eyed guide, Kimberly Nicholas argues that saving ourselves from climate apocalypse will require radical shifts within each of us, to effect real change in our society and culture.

 

Rescuing the Planet

Here is a resounding call to protect half the Earth’s land—and thereby millions of its species—by 2050, that gives us the tools to think big about the planet and our role in conserving it.

 

The Loneliest Polar Bear

Kale Williams gives the heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is closely tied to our own.

 

Browse our recommended list of books on the environment for common reading programs.

Finding the Mother Tree
Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
978-0-525-65609-8
From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest, Finding the Mother Tree is a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery
Hardcover

The Uninhabitable Earth
Life After Warming
978-0-525-57671-6
Selected for common reading by College of the Holy Cross
Paperback

Drawdown
The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
978-0-14-313044-4
The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world
Paperback

The Story of More
How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here
978-0-525-56338-9
Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back. At once an explainer on the mechanisms of global change and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it.
Paperback

All We Can Save
Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis
978-0-593-23706-9
Provocative and illuminating essays making the case that women are on the front lines of climate change--as those most at risk, and those most likely to solve it.
Hardcover

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
978-0-14-313356-8
The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her history-making address to the United Nations
Paperback

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
978-0-385-54613-3
In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical—and accessible—plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.
Hardcover

Under a White Sky
The Nature of the Future
978-0-593-13627-0
Selected for common reading at University of Delaware
Hardcover

The Loneliest Polar Bear
A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World
978-1-9848-2633-6
“A moving story of abandonment, love, and survival against the odds.”—Dr. Jane Goodall
Hardcover