Greening Your Summer Reading

There’s no question that the frequency of reading tends to spikes in the summer. Whether you’re relaxing on a porch swing, laying on the beach, or even spending hours in a car on a road trip, summer-time reading doesn’t have to be filled with fluff.

Instead, get motivated by mixing in some of these favorite green-minded books to help broaden your insight and inspire a more sustainable way of life.

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in a series of three excerpts in the June 1962 edition of the New Yorker. Later that year, the book was published in its entirety, spurring a public outcry that eventually forced the banning of DDT and encouraged revolutionary changes in the laws that affect our air, land, and water. This a great introduction into learning more about the initial launch of the environmental movement.

inconvenient truthAn Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

Al Gore, a well-known environmental leader and expert, explores the incredible fast growth and intricate scope of global warming. The book presents the idea that the existence of global warming is no longer a question, and that if left unchecked, our planet and its inhabitants will suffer severe consequences.

green made easyGreen Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle

Green Made Easy by Chris Prelitz is a simple-to-use guidebook offering tips on how you can make the transition toward a healthy green lifestyle one step at a time. This book is filled with realistic tips based on the successes of the author’s personal experiences in discovering healthier, less wasteful choices in our every day life.


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

This incredibly influential book by Richard Louv explores the widening gap between the outdoors and an entire generation of “wired” children whom Louv refers to as “nature-deficit.” Louv directly links this lack of nature in children’s lives to many of our country’s most disturbing childhood trends including rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. A must read for parents.


animal vegetable miracleAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

big green purseBig Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World

This motivating book by Diane MacEachern suggests that the best way to fight the industries that pollute the planet is for consumers, specifically women, to harness the “power of their purse” and intentionally shift their spending money to commodities that have the greatest environmental benefit, they can create a cleaner, greener world.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifestoin defense of food

Author Michael Pollen discusses the issues with what has become known to our society as the so-called Western diet, where “food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion–most of what we’re consuming today is no longer the product of nature but of food science.” The result is what Pollen calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. Author Michael Pollen encourages better human health by getting back to the basics of eating real, unprocessed foods, in much smaller portions.

body toxicThe Body Toxic

This compelling work by Neena Baker reveals the massive issues and concerns regarding the alarming amount of chemicals found in our very own bodies. Baker, an award-winning investigative journalist, boldly spells out the toxic truth surrounding our nation’s chemical industry and our government’s failure to properly protect us from the resulting health hazards of chemicals found in everything from plastics, to makeup.



An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn. Ishmael is a story that explores the immense lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is still time save. Quinn develops an intriguing quest for truth and knowledge, but like all great teachers, doesn’t make the journey an easy one. Instead, he demands the final answers to come from within ourselves.


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top picks for a greener summer reading list

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