Whether you are in the northern hemisphere looking for that great beach read or you are south of the Equator and need a book to get you through the winter, @SCBConsMark is here to share our 2019 reading list #thread. Enjoy and share your own suggestions in the comments
1/31 The Omnivore’s Dilemma by @MichaelPollan. This book offers an intense look into our food system and how it impacts our bodies, our social structures and our resources - and how we can be more conscious eaters. michaelpollan.com/books/the-omni…
2/31 Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques by Susan K. Jacobson, Mallory D. McDuff, Martha C. Monroe is a great resource for best practices for education & outreach for conservation efforts and it includes vivid case studies books.google.com/books/about/Co…
3/31 “Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)” by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. This is a book on why people (even scientists) can fall into the trap of refusing to change their thoughts or opinions in the face of overwhelming evidence. amazon.com/Mistakes-Were-…
4/31 “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. This iconic work opened our eyes to the dangers of DDT and helped catalyze an environmental movement in the U.S. which led to the establishment of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. It’s a must read if you are into birds
5/31 ‘How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate’ by @HoffmanAndy. This quick read explores why people are less inclined to listen to scientists & ways scientists may get around cultural narratives to get support for green initiatives amazon.com/Culture-Shapes…
6/31 ‘Tinkering with Eden’ by @arden4est. A entertaining natural history of exotic species in America. It puts in perspective how much we change the nature around us. Helpful if you wanted to learn where gypsy moths came from. books.google.com/books/about/Ti…
7/31 ‘Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard’ by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. This is a very accessible and insightful book that uses real stories to demonstrate how we can change behaviors. heathbrothers.com/books/switch/
8/31 ‘The Future of Nature’. Considered somewhat radical when it first published, this anthology is a convenient collation of historically and scientifically significant articles and essays on the environment and the history and reception of environmental predictions.
9/31 ‘Strangers in Their Own Land’ by Arlie Russel Hoshchild. It’s a sociological look at rural Louisiana, offering insight on why people who suffer from impacts of pollution, from oil drilling for example, will support the activity causing the pollution. amazon.com/Strangers-Thei…
10/31 'Scarcity' by @m_sendhil & @eshafir. This bool presents really important considerations on how we make decisions when we “have less” and how we can factor that into our behavior change “asks”.
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@m_sendhil @eshafir 11/31 'Fostering Reasonableness', edited by Rachel Kaplan and Avik Basu, offers a wealth of knowledge on how to encourage more sensible behavior in society by creating environments that help people be at their best to make decisions that are good for us. publishing.umich.edu/publications/m…
@m_sendhil @eshafir 12/31 'Braiding Sweetgrass', by Robin Wall Kimmerer, is an Eloquently written, and a reflection of the intersection between science, culture, history and family. amazon.com/Braiding-Sweet…
13/31 'Book of Barely Imagined Beings', by @casparhenderson delivers a medieval manuscrip of illustrations and descriptions of real animals. It reminds the reader, that sometimes, real animals are just as weird as mythical ones. amazon.com/Book-Barely-Im…
14/31 In 'The Unpersuadables: Adventures wiith the Enemies of Science', author @wstorr interviews people who hold strange or unusual beliefs and investigates why they may be “unpersuadable” by facts. amazon.com/Unpersuadables…
15/31 In ‘The Ends of the World’ by @PeterBrannen1, takes readers through a paleontological forensic analysis of Earth’s five mass extinctions, in a way that makes you forget it’s describing mass death, while drawing parallels to our own changing planet. books.google.com/books/about/Th…?
16/31 In ‘Prodigal Summer and/or Flight Behavior’, author Barbara Kingsolver shows off her unique ability to weave together aspects of nature, femininity and life decisions that are equally educational, inspirational and personally relevant. kingsolver.com/images/large_c…
17/31 ‘Diffusion of Innovation’, by
Everett M. Rogers, is an instrumental book in understanding how behavior change is adopted through groups of people over time. Full of interesting case studies, it is a classic in the conservation behavior change genre
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18/31 ‘Social Marketing to Protect the Environment: What Works’
by Doug McKenzie-Mohr, P. Wesley Schultz, Nancy R. Lee, Philip Kotler is a collection of behavior change campaign examples focused on environmental issues w/ a review of why/how they worked. goodreads.com/book/show/1091…
19/31 ‘What a Fish Knows’ by Jonathon Balcombe is a highly entertaining read, summarizing research on fish sentience & addressing our own anthropomorphic view of animals and their conservation and well-fare goodreads.com/book/show/2611…
20/31 ‘A Land Remembered’ by
Patrick D. Smith is a Florida classic. It tells the story of how three generations of family members watch the land they’ve grown attached to change before their eyes. goodreads.com/book/show/3620…
21/31 'Half Earth' by E.O. Wilson. There are not enough adjectives to describe this work Provocative. Entertaining. Radical. Its core conservation proposal represents a paradigm shift in how we live can live with nature. amazon.com/Half-Earth-Our… @EOWilsonFndtn
@EOWilsonFndtn 22/31 'A Sand County Almanac' by Aldo Leopold is a conservation classic. It offers the reader meditations on the natural world. We recommend picking this up when you want want to unplug, sit with nature and have a great read. amazon.com/Sand-County-Al…
23/31 'An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake' by journalist Tom Horton is a colorful look at this centuries old community and its strong ties to the bay and the fisheries that have supported it for generations amazon.com/Island-Out-Tim…
24/31 'Cod: A biography of a fish that changed the world' by Mark Kurlansky is a history of the cod fishery. The author explores the impact this fishery has had on the world and tries to understand its commercial collapse. amazon.com/Cod-Biography-…
25/31 'The Monkey Wrench Gang' by Edward Abbey is a bombastic fiction about a group of misfits taking matters into their own hands to protect the American west from the environmental destruction of development. goodreads.com/en/book/show/9…
26/31 In 'The Everglades: River of Grass', Marjory Stoneman Douglas brings to life the beauty of the Everglades & as well as its degradation. Published the same year it became a national park, it remains a definitive account of this Florida treasure amazon.com/Everglades-Riv…
27/31 'The Unnatural History of the Sea' by @Prof_CallumYork does an an excellent job of demonstrating the issue of shifting baselines through the history of commercial fishing. islandpress.org/books/unnatura…
28/31 In 'The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World', @PeterWohlleben shares his love for the forest while also educating the reader about the amazing lives of these plants that we take for granted goodreads.com/book/show/2825…
29/31 'The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World' by @andrea_wulf digs into the life of the German naturalist whose work helped influence what would become modern environmentalism goodreads.com/book/show/2399…
30/31 'A Sea Monster’s Tale' by Collin Speedie. This Basking Shark love story tells the history of the interaction between basking sharks and people in the UK. @SeaMonstersTale amazon.com/Sea-Monsters-T…
31/31 "The Outlaw Ocean" by @ian_urbina, is available on Aug. 20. Following his groundbreaking series w/ @nytimes, this promises to be a mind-blowing look at the lawlessness of the high seas and the human & environmental impact they have penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538736/t…
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