Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition (2021) by Shalanda Baker, is a playbook for the energy transformation intended to arm those made most vulnerable by our current energy system with the tools they need to remake the system in the service of their humanity.
Radical Joy for Hard Times Book: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth’s Broken Places (2018) by Trebbe Johnson, stories from real wounded places, along with tools for community engagement—ceremony, vigil, apology, and the creation of art with on-site materials—that show us how we can find beauty in these places and discover new sources of meaning and community.
Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language among the Western Apache (1996) by Keith H. Basso, gives an Apache perspective of how the past can be a teacher, and how reconnecting to the past can help us shape our future.
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy (2012), byJoanna Macy & Chris Johnstone, is an inspiring book that deeply explores resilience, joy and hope. "Active hope" is a tool and a strategy to help both combat the climate crisis and the feelings we experience when thinking about planetary destruction.
The Great Derangement: Climate Change & the Unthinkable (2016) by Amitav Ghosh explores the emergence of what he calls humanity’s “derangement” surrounding the climate crisis and his ideas of possible solutions to mitigating the effects of climate change. The author defines the climate crisis as a crisis of imagination and the dominant culture, a culture that is intimately linked with histories of empire and capitalism.
What the Eyes Don't See (2018), by Mona Hanna-Attisha, details her work as a physician standing up against the Flint water crisis. She comes together with other researchers, friends, and community members to expose the truth in the water.
What Animals Teach Us About Politics (2014), by Brian Massumi, challenges competition-based conceptions of nature and evolution by asserting that play, creativity, and sympathy are key components of the animal world, and in doing so, seeks to erode the nature/culture dichotomy by understanding how these "animal politics" are applicable and regenerative for humans, and their reconnection to nature.
Grabbing Power: The new struggles for land, food and democracy in Northern Honduras (2013), by Tanya M. Kerssen, gives a history of industrial agriculture in northern Honduras, from land-grabs, "green" capitalism, and U.S. military intervention. It also includes the response from the local campesinas who originally cared for the land stolen by agribusiness corporations, which includes multiple displays of community courage and resiliency in the face of great injustice.
The Hidden Life of Trees (2017), is by Peter Wohlleben, gives us a unique view of the worlds most complex web of living creatures. This environmentally friendly view of trees gives an extensive vision of the ways trees feel, communicate, and share.
What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be? (2021), edited by John Hausdoerffer, Brooke Hecht, Melissa Nelson, and Katherine Cummings, is a tool for healing our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with our most powerful ancestors—the lands and waters that give and sustain all life.
Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It (2020) by Jamie Margolin, a co-leader of a global climate action movement, presents the essential guide to changemaking, with advice on writing and pitching op-eds, organizing successful events and peaceful protests, time management as a student activist, utilizing social and traditional media to spread a message, and sustaining long-term action.
This One Wild and Precious Life: The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World (2020) by Sarah Wilson argues that the sense of despair from the moral, psychological, racial, and political polarization that abounds today actually unites us, and gives us the precedent and strength (along with actual tangible practices) to create a new way of living our lives.
Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health (2019) by Devon A. Mihesuah and Elizabeth Hoover discusses how indigenous food systems have been destroyed because of imperialism and colonization and the importance of gaining food sovereignty. This book also offers ways this goal can be achieved and sustained.
All Our Relations (1999) by Winona Laduke is an in-depth account of Native struggles against environmental and cultural degradation, featuring chapters on the Seminoles, the Anishinaabeg, the Innu, the Northern Cheyenne, and the Mohawks.
More Powerful Together: Conversations With Climate Activists and Indigenous Land Defenders (2020) by Jen Gobby brings poignant insights from indigenous land defenders and climate activists into dialogue with scholarly and activist literature on transformation. This book weaves together a powerful story about how change happens.
Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities (2013) by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron, and Stephen Healy works to reframe and redefine the economy, opening up opportunities for readers to explore what they can be doing right now in the community to prompt transformation towards ethical economies throughout society.
Braiding Sweetgrass (2013) by Robin Wall Kimmerer is about plants and botany as seen through Native American traditions and Western science, and embracing idea that plants and animals are our original teachers while awakening a wider ecological consciousness and kalidescopic view of our world's interconnectedness.
Poached (2018) by Rachel Nuwer takes you into the underground world of global wildlife trafficking, one of the largest global contraband industries. It tells a story of people that believe that these animals can and will be saved.
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore (2019) by Elizabeth Rush is a Pulitzer nominated book spotlighting coastal communities on the frontlines of climate change, the injustices involved, and the ways these communities are responding to rising seas.
All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis (2020) edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson is an anthology of writings by 60 women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.
The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature (2012) by David G. Haskell depicts his year long observation of the same space within a forest. Each day Haskell visits his site and describes the changes in which the area endures throughout the year with an emphasis on mindfulness of the world around us.
Climate Courage: How Tackling Climate Change Can Build Community, Transform the Economy, and Bridge the Political Divide in America (2020) by Andreas Karelas focuses on how we can move past inaction on climate change and work together in our communities to create a more sustainable, just, clean energy–powered economy that works for everyone.
Compassion in Crisis (2019) byKailea Frederick and Kate Weiner is a compilation of interviews from climate disaster survivors who tell their stories of struggles and victories in order to help people build resilience for future disasters.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014) by Elizabeth Kolbert discusses how the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling readers to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.