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  • Writer's pictureCassidy Drew

My Favorites - Book Edition

Updated: May 27

Below are some of my favorite sustainability books - (I am slowly adding more to the list 2.28.24)

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff breaks down the major aspects of the product lifecycle into understandable sections. Annie Leonard spent her career working with Greenpeace understanding waste. I found this book a really good introduction to the entire waste ecosystem. My master's thesis was on waste but she does a really good job explaining the topics. I love that she includes “hope spots” as bright points toward a more sustainable future. There is also a documentary about her project as well (highly recommend!).

Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass is by far one of my favorite books of all time. For as long as I can remember, I have admired indigenous practices. Robin Wall Kimmerer eloquently weaves her indigenous wisdom into her career in biology. Sustainability is about longevity; indigenous cultures around the world are all driven to exist and work alongside Mother Earth. Highly recommend checking out her work!

Bikenomics by Elly Blue

Bikenomics is a wonderful quick read! Elly walks through how biking changed her life and opened her eyes to how biking can have a huge impact on the economy. Sustainability is rooted in community-based support and Elly points out how biking can help to invigorate the local community while also being more sustainable and healthy.

Storming the Wall by Todd Miller

Todd Miller walks through how U.S. immigration policy is both affecting and impacting border politics. The U.S. spends billions to remotely monitor the border via cameras and the "high-speed highway" which uses an immense amount of energy and manpower. He discusses the impacts of militarization, not just in the U.S. but all over the world, and how this impacts both social justice and climate change.

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