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Books cover ethics and sustainability, environmental values and principles, sustainability and spirituality, and various issues rooted in humanitarian values, such as environmental justice, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the prevention of cruelty to animals. They also cover our evolving understanding of human nature and how it affects the struggle to create a more sustainable future.

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Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmental Rhetoric Threatens Our Future. By Paul Ehrlich. In this hard-hitting book, world-renowned scientists Paul and Anne Ehrlich speak out against the deliberate misstatement of scientific findings designed to support an anti-environmental worldview and political agenda. Issues including overpopulation, depletion of the ozone layer, global warming, and loss of biodiversity have been diminished in the public imagination using pseudoscientific counter evidence, often the output of politically motivated foundations. Examples are methodically refuted. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmental Rhetoric Threatens Our Future

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science. By Wallace 'J' Nichols. Why are we drawn to water? Why does being near it set our minds and bodies at ease and make us happier and healthier? Blue Mind revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing a remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, Nichols shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. As Kindle | More… | Wallace 'J' Nichols EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Blue Mind: The Surprising Science

Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry. By Ted Smith. An international and comprehensive examination of the impacts of electronics manufacturing on workers and local environments. This is a collaborative discourse of citizens, workers, health professionals, academics, labor leaders, and environmental activists to develop visions for the sustainable development of the global electronics industry. It offers perspectives on the science and politics of environmental and social justice, documenting efforts to introduce sustainable systems. As Kindle | More… | Ted Smith EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry

Deep Ecology and World Religions: New Essays on Sacred Ground. By Roger S. Gottlieb. Bringing together essays on the relationship between traditional world spirituality and the contemporary environmental perspective of deep ecology, this landmark book explores parallels and contrasts between religious values and those proposed by deep ecology. In examining how deep ecologists and the various religious traditions can both learn from and critique one another, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, Christian ecofeminism, and New Age spirituality are considered. More… | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Deep Ecology and World Religions: New Essays on Sacred Ground

Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming. By Roger S. Gottlieb. Our ecological dilemmas provoke powerful emotions and deeply contested views. How can we live together, or even talk together, when we cannot listen to people who think differently? Gottlieb explores this question in a collection of distinct but related philosophical short stories. Fictional characters wrestle with the value of nature, the roles of science and religion in environmentalism, and political choices facing activists. Readers will examine personal barriers to listening to those “on the other side.” As Kindle | More… | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming

From Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life. By Bob Doppelt. The most deeply held illusion is that all organisms on Earth, including each of us, exist as independent entities. We are all part of many ecological and social relationships, and these relationships make life both possible and worthwhile. From Me to We offers five transformational commitments that can change your perspective and help you engage in activities to resolve today’s environmental and social problems. It is a call to wake-up from an excess of individualism. As Kindle | More… | Bob Doppelt EcoSpeakers Info >>

       From Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life

The Great Growing Up: Being Responsible for Humanity's Future. By John Renesch. We face an urgent collective choice: To opt for responsible adulthood over the largely adolescent ways we have been relating to one another and our planet. Renesch demonstrates that it is not too late to create the future we all say we want for our children and our children's children – a future that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just. This book describes a change of thinking – from adolescent self-centeredness to adult responsibility. Renesch offers an optimistic option. As Kindle | More… | John Renesch EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Great Growing Up: Being Responsible for Humanity's Future

A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future. By Roger S. Gottlieb. In a time of darkening environmental prospects, frightening religious fundamentalism, and moribund liberalism, the remarkable and unprecedented rise of religious environmentalism is a profound source of hope. A Greener Faith chronicles the promises of this important movement, illuminating its principal ideas, leading personalities, and ways of connecting care for the earth with justice for human beings. Highly engaging and passionately argued, it is an indispensable resource for everyone concerned about the future. As Kindle | More… | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

       A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future

Humanity on a Tightrope: Thoughts on Empathy, Family, and Big Changes for a Viable Future. By Paul Ehrlich. Focuses on what families and family values are, and how they often create an "us vs. them" mentality that is at the root of many of today's most crucial problems – from terrorism, racism, and war to the failure of humanity to come to grips with potentially lethal global environmental problems. Explains how civilization is unlikely to persist unless more people learn to spread the domain of empathy – to put themselves in the shoes of others to keep society balanced and on the path to sustainability. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Humanity on a Tightrope: Thoughts on Empathy, Family, and Big Changes for a Viable Future

Liberating Faith: Religious Voices for Justice, Peace, and Ecological Wisdom. By Roger S. Gottlieb. This sweeping anthology shows how religion has joined with and learned from movements for social justice, peace, and ecological wisdom. It surveys the entire range of religious social activism, from liberation theology and feminist religion to ecotheology and peace activism. It includes position papers, denominational statements, manifestos, rituals, prayers, biographical accounts, and journalistic descriptions of real world struggles, beginning with a survey of ethical teachings from traditional sources. More… | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Liberating Faith: Religious Voices for Justice, Peace, and Ecological Wisdom

The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? By Duane Elgin. Brings together extraordinary evidence from cosmology, biology, and physics to show that the universe is not dead but rather uniquely alive. This is a worldview that, as Elgin explains, is shared by virtually every spiritual tradition, and the implications of it are vast and deep. The nonliving view of the universe has led to rampant materialism and global environmental degradation. To transform our planetary crises, we need to move past a paradigm of separation and exploitation and learn to live sustainably on the Earth. As Kindle | More... | Duane Elgin EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Living Universe

Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. By Zoe Weil. Weil shows us that change doesn't have to start with an army. It starts with each one of us. This book argues that the true path to inner peace doesn't require a retreat from the world. Instead, it explores direct ways to become involved with the community, make better choices as consumers, and develop positive messages to live by, showing readers that their simple decisions really can change the world. Provides the reader with practical tools to improve both our planet and our personal lives. As Kindle | More… | Zoe Weil EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life

The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living. By David Wann. Wann challenges us to transform our non-sustainable culture by transforming ourselves. To nurture our world, he challenges us to rethink our lives, stand up for a healthy planet and move towards a "new normal" lifestyle. The agenda for this includes initiating local business alliances that actively lobby for local buying, creating an investment strategy that values the balance of nature, supporting the design, manufacture, and use of products made with natural chemicals, and publicly advocating a more efficient use of water by placing a higher cultural value on wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes. As Kindle | More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living

New World New Mind: Moving Toward Conscious Evolution. By Paul Ehrlich. There is no longer time to rely on the normal pace of cultural evolution to deal with today's dilemmas... Humans have always been the most adaptable creatures on the planet, and they should be able to chart a new course. Some of that is already being done. The old mind today is being changed by many scattered efforts. Can we bring these efforts together to produce a large-scale program for rapid change? We know the problem. The solution is to generate the will to move conscious evolution to the top of the human agenda. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       New World New Mind: Moving Toward Conscious Evolution

Out of the Labyrinth: Who We Are, How We Go Wrong and What We Can Do About It. By Carl Frankel. Combines a personal narrative, visionary framework, and cultural criticism into a story about where we have gone wrong as a culture and what we must do (and become) to set things right again. Explains the author: "We live in a fragmented world, and we do so as fragmented individuals. Many of us, perhaps all of us, long to tie things together, to make things somehow cohere. Writing this book – wrestling with the material in its pages – did that for me. My hope is that it can do the same for you." More… | Carl Frankel EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Out of the Labyrinth: Who We Are, How We Go Wrong and What We Can Do About It

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology. By Roger S. Gottlieb. In the face of the environmental crisis, believers from all faith traditions have come to recognize that religion's relation to ecology is of critical importance. Vital new theologies and ecologically oriented visions of God, Enlightenment, and human beings have arisen. Religious morality has expanded to include human relations to other species and ecosystems. Religious leaders and institutions have committed themselves to a new green gospel, and in countless places across the globe people engage in environmental activism for religious reasons. More… | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology

The Power and Promise of Humane Education. By Zoe Weil. Critical world problems call for education that addresses the values and behaviors that perpetuate suffering, oppression, and destruction. Humane education does this, offering young people deeply meaningful education about the issues of our time, teaching them to be critical and creative thinkers, inspiring their reverence and respect, and empowering them to be conscientious decision-makers. This book offers teachers clear suggestions for implementing humane education in both classrooms and non-traditional educational settings. As Kindle | More… | Zoe Weil EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Power and Promise of Humane Education

Religion and the Environment. By Roger S. Gottlieb. In the last two decades, a new form of religiously motivated social action has emerged. Interaction between religion and environmental concern has resulted in explosive growth of ecotheological writings, institutional commitment by organized religions, and environmental activism oriented to religious ideals. Clergy in most denominations have received guidance from their leaders that the environment – no less than sexuality, poverty, or war and peace – is now a basic and compelling religious matter. Four volumes cover virtually every aspect of the field. More… | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Religion and the Environment

Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. By David Wann. In his bestseller Affluenza, Wann and his co-authors diagnosed the disease of over-consumption. In Simple Prosperity, he shows how we can overcome this disease by investing in “real wealth” sources. He draws on the latest research to document how social connections, good health, contact with nature, stimulating work, leisure time, and great neighborhoods represent our real wealth. By rethinking monster houses, excessive airplane travel, feedlot meat, and suburbs-without-stores, we can reduce our "ecological footprint." As Kindle | More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle

Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters. By Roger S. Gottlieb. A unique account of spirituality, from traditional religion to the present, that reveals the common thread that joins people of all faiths as well as those who are “spiritual but not religious.” It argues that spirituality is the simple but extraordinarily difficult attempt to face life's rigors and disappointments by becoming more mindful, accepting, grateful, compassionate, and lovingly connected to others. There are also insightful studies of spirituality's relation to modern medicine, nature and the environmental crisis, and political activism. As Kindle | More… | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters

The Stork and the Plow: The Equity Answer to the Human Dilemma. By Paul Ehrlich. Focusing on the issue of equity (between nations, classes, and genders), this book confronts the nexus of population, environmental decline, and global resource control. It looks at the interaction between population size and food supply, and offers strategies for achieving a balance between the two. These strategies include improving the status of women, reducing racism and religious prejudice, reforming the agricultural system, and shrinking the growing gap between rich and poor. More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Stork and the Plow: The Equity Answer to the Human Dilemma

Voluntary Simplicity. By Duane Elgin. When Voluntary Simplicity was first published in 1981, it quickly became recognized as a powerful and visionary work in the emerging dialogue over sustainable ways of living. Elgin describes the changes that an increasing number of Americans are making in their everyday lives, adjustments that are an active, positive response to the complex dilemmas of our time. Shows how by embracing voluntary simplicity - frugal consumption, ecological awareness, and personal growth - people can change their lives and protect our planet. As Kindle | More... | Duane Elgin EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Voluntary Simplicity

The World Is In My Garden: A Journey Of Consciousness. By Chris Maser. Based on the simple premise that a private garden is a metaphor for everything, including the ecological, social, personal, and spiritual realms. Chris and Zane Maser develop the metaphor in a rich way. Chris is an environmental scientist and activist who has worked around the world to protect and preserve the world’s ecosystems. The Masers show us how to connect a simple personal act (the home garden) to larger issues. Written with passion, warmth, and deep understanding, it is a book that teaches us how to live a more balanced life. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The World Is In My Garden: A Journey Of Consciousness

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