Thank you for creating this thread ! I’m looking forward to the updates here from other members of the Grove platform.
Let me add to the list:
The two books that opened my eyes to the crisis we are facing are these two:
“The Uninhabitable Earth”
“The Sixth Extinction”
I used to be a fan of fiction, mainly reading books from the sci-fi, horror, and fantasy genres. The science discussed in the above two books was more horrifying than any fantasies that any author could come up with. If I had to inform a layperson about the climate and biodiversity crisis we are facing, I would recommend they read the above two books.
After reading the above, the question that followed was, “What can I do to stop this crisis?” I found these two books very useful:
“How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates | Goodreads
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken | Goodreads
They cover a wide range of solutions, their impacts, and the challenges of implementing them.
Since then, my naive outlook has changed. While I wouldn’t call myself a doomer, I do realize that things are much worse than expected and getting worse faster than anticipated. And unfortunately, we aren’t taking action on the scale required. This is why I’ve added the following books to my reading list:
Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity's Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism by Vanessa Machado De Oliveira | Goodreads
“A Small Farm Future”
A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity, and a Shared Earth by Chris Smaje | Goodreads
One book I am currently reading to understand why we have come to be in this crisis is:
“The Moral Animal”
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are - The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright | Goodreads
This single quote from the book alone explains the contrasting nature of mankind - how benevolent we are in our thoughts, yet so malevolent through our actions and inactions.
I would love it if we could also have discussions about the books and their application/relevance to our lives and work here. Or perhaps we can create a different thread to discuss specific books and provide a link to it here?