If you want to learn more about sustainability, it is important to inform yourself by using the right sources. Especially for you, we have selected seven refreshing books on sustainability and society, each with their own perspective and interpretation of a sustainable society.
We are the weather, Jonathan Safran Foer
Those who are not familiar with this book may already have heard of the name Jonathan Safran Foer. His bestseller 'Eating Animals' made his name a household name: Foer's pen persuaded countless readers to leave meat, fish or dairy products off the menu. With his most recent work, 'We are the weather', he wants his audience to think about the future of the next generations. According to Publishers Weekly, Foer forces readers to reconsider the extent of their involvement in "the greatest crisis of all time".
The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard
This book on sustainability is one of the classics within the genre. Her ink was not yet dry when Annie Leonard was reviewed in Good Morning America, and was crowned one of the greatest environmental heroes ever by Time Magazine. In The Story of Stuff, Leonard covers a wide range of topics: from interviews with textile workers in Haiti to child labourers in Congo. She attributes an impact on our planet to each part of our capitalist economy. Although the book has difficult content, Leonard manages to share her insights in a compassionate, yet humorous way.
Doughnut Economics, Kate Raworth
Renowned economist Kate Raworth illustrates with Doughnut economics how typical economic thinking has led us astray. There is still extreme poverty and the rich are still getting richer. With her brand new concept of the 'doughnut economy', Raworth talks about an alternative economic model that leads us to a situation where the needs of everyone can be met. A situation in which poverty disappears and we do as little harm to the planet as possible.
The Green Lie, Kathrin Hartmann
It is no secret that our sustainable awareness is growing. This is precisely the starting point of 'The Green Lie': consumers are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their ecological footprint. The willingness is there, and the clientele of companies that make green promises is growing steadily. But do these companies keep their promises? No', Hartmann answers wholeheartedly. Greenwashing is a disease of our time. The extra price that consumers pay for their so-called 'green product' is not invested in innovative production methods. And according to Hartmann, too few people lose any sleep over this: we do want to live greener, as long as we do not have to change our consumption. Although reading 'The green Lie' will wake you up, it will also give you a lot of insights on how to make a difference yourself.
On Fire, Naomi Klein
Canadian journalist Naomi Klein has been writing about the climate issue for ten years. During that decade, Klein has seen countless decision-makers go wrong by maintaining the system of unlimited consumption and ecological exhaustion. It wasn't until Greta Thunberg shouted 'Fire!' and set 1.6 million schoolchildren in motion that the climate crisis became something acute. And yet most of us continue to live our lives as we know them. In 'On Fire!', Klein pleads for a green policy, where the relationship between economic, social and ecological problems is not underestimated.