Recommendations

Here are some of our recommendations for books, articles, podcasts, etc.

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articleClimate migration: what the research shows is very different from the alarmist headlines by David Durand-Delacre, Carol Farbotko, Christiane Fröhlich, Ingrid Boas This article shows why we shouldn't easily jump into conclusions when speaking about climate change impacts.Patryk
articleHow Not To Be A Climate Change Activist Like A Basic BitchHow Not To Travel Like a Basic Bitch is a travel platform showing diversity in travel and exploring different perspective on travelling and also on privilege and representation in our society as a whole. This article applies the same reasoning to climate action. You can follow Dr. Kiona aka How Not To Travel Like a Basic Bitch on Instagram or listen to the How Not To Travel podcast.Nico
articleNobel prize-winning economics of climate change is misleading and dangerous – here’s why by Steve KeenThis article will let you know why some economists downplay climate risks - and why we should pay special attention to assumptions made in economic studies.Patryk
articleThe mindfulness conspiracy by Ronald PurserThis is a nice article about the dicotomy about practicing mindfulness and being an activist. Yet, it is sold as a force that can help us cope with the ravages of capitalism.Andrea Catalina
bookA Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains: Repair, Remake, Redesign, Rethink
"Easily digestible and comprehensive handbook that provides real examples across a range of market sectors help businesses, students and policymakers understand the theory and fast-developing practice of the circular economy. To help the reader generate ideas, A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains provides a holistic framework for the design and supply chain and supporting business models, and includes tools the reader can use to get started."
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bookA World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon EmissionsIn A World of Three Zeros, Yunus describes the new civilization emerging from the economic experiments his work has helped to inspire. He explains how global companies like McCain, Renault, Essilor, and Danone got involved with this new economic model through their own social action groups, describes the ingenious new financial tools now funding social businesses, and sketches the legal and regulatory changes needed to jumpstart the next wave of socially driven innovations. And he invites young people, business and political leaders, and ordinary citizens to join the movement and help create the better world we all dream of.Bruno
bookAn Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power: Your Action Handbook to Learn the Science, Find Your Voice, and Help Solve the Climate CrisisVice President Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked. The book also offers a comprehensive how-to guide on exactly how we can change the course of fate. With concrete, actionable advice on topics ranging from how to run for office to how to talk to your children about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel will empower you to make a difference—and lets you know how exactly to do it.Bruno
bookBlue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's WaterMaude Barlow and Tony Clarke, two of the most active opponents to the privatization of water show how, contrary to received wisdom, water mainly flows uphill to the wealthy. Our most basic resource may one day be limited: our consumption doubles every twenty years—twice the rate of population increase. At the same time, increasingly transnational corporations are plotting to control the world’s dwindling water supply. In England and France, where water has already been privatized, rates have soared, and water shortages have been severe. The major bottled-water producers—Perrier, Evian, Naya, and now Coca-Cola and PepsiCo—are part of one of the fastest-growing and least-regulated industries, buying up freshwater rights and drying up crucial supplies.Bruno
bookClimate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary RobinsonBy telling the often ignored stories of people fighting for their survival against climate catastrophes, Mary Robinson retraces her impressive career and how she became aware of how the climate issues are also very much human right issues. In the same spirit, Mary Robison is co-host of the podcast Mothers of Invention, where (mostly) women from around the world talk about their feminist solutions to the climate crisis.Nico
bookClimate Resistance Handbook: Or, I was part of a climate action. Now what? by Daniel HunterA short but very useful guide for climate activists - with inspiring examples. By 350.org.Patryk
bookCollapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared DiamondA fascinating analysis of civilizations that collapsed in the past; can we draw lessons for our future from their stories?Patryk
bookCradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things"Reduce, reuse, recycle," urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart point out in this provocative, visionary book, such an approach only perpetuates the one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing model, dating to the Industrial Revolution, that creates such fantastic amounts of waste and pollution in the first place. Why not challenge the belief that human industry must damage the natural world? In fact, why not take nature itself as our model for making things? A tree produces thousands of blossoms in order to create another tree, yet we consider its abundance not wasteful but safe, beautiful, and highly effective.Bruno
bookDrawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
"Drawdown describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, we describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All solutions modeled are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world."

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bookLess is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World by Jason HickelAn eloquent and convincing case for degrowth as the most common sense answer to the climate crisis.Patryk
bookMerchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway This book uncovers mechanisms through which a small yet influential group of people backed up by industry can mislead the public in issues of high societal importance. Patryk
bookNarrative Is Everything: The ABT Framework and Narrative Evolution by Randy OlsonThe book presents the ABT Framework ( stands for And, But, Therefore), showing its power and application in fields as diverse as business, politics, entertainment, science and religion. On the higher, more all-encompassing level, Olson combines his backgrounds in evolutionary biology and communication to propose a detailed mechanism of cultural evolution through what he terms, “narrative selection.” He argues that the brain is the selective agent and the ABT is the factor determining what survives and doesn’t survive over time in all cultures.Andrea Catalina
bookNon Violent Communication A Language of Life by Marshall RosenbergIt is a wonderful that teaches you how to communicate with people without being judgemental or threatening in each area in your life, specially with controversial topics, discussion, confrontations, etc.Andrea Catalina
bookOil: A Beginner's GuideIn this captivating book, the author of the acclaimed Energy: A Beginner’s Guide, Vaclav Smil, explains all matters related to the ‘black stuff’, from its discovery in the earth, right through to the political maelstrom that surrounds it today. Packed with fascinating facts and insight, this book will fuel dinner party debate, and provide readers with the science and politics behind the world’s most controversial resource. Without oil, there would be no globalisation, no plastic, little transport, and a global political landscape that few would recognise. It is the lifeblood of the modern world, and humanity’s dependence upon it looks set to continue for decades to come.Bruno
bookOur Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate CrisisOur Choice will pick up where An Inconvenient Truth left off and provide a blueprint for solving the global climate crisis and drawing on Mr. Gore's 40 years of experience as a student, policymaker, author, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and activist. Our Choice is an inspiring call to action for those ready to fight for solutions that really work—including some bold initiatives that were deemed impossible only a short time ago but are now gaining support around the world.Bruno
bookPanarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural System by Lance H. GundersonThe book examines theories (models) of how systems (those of humans, nature, and combined human-natural systems) function, and attempts to understand those theories and how they can help researchers develop effective institutions and policies for environmental management. The fundamental question this book asks is whether or not it is possible to get beyond seeing environment as a sub-component of social systems, and society as a sub-component of ecological systems, that is, to understand human-environment interactions as their own unique system. Andrea Catalina
bookProducts That Flow: Circular Business Models and Design Strategies for Fast Moving Consumer GoodsProducts that Flow focuses its attention on fast-moving consumer goods such as food, packaging, disposables, fashion, cheap gifts and gadgets. This exceptional book gives businesses tangible examples for how they can reduce waste, manage the flow of goods and move towards a circular economy. The following are examples of how companies can change the way they do business.
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bookProducts That Last: Product Design for Circular Business Models"This book starts where most books on product development end. It offers readers an innovative and practical methodology to unravel a product's 'afterlife' and systematically scrutinise it for new opportunities. It introduces us to business models that benefit from the opportunities offered by a much longer product life."

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bookRage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger by Soraya ChemalyThis book serves an eye-opening for the twenty-first century woman: an engaging, accessible feminist credo offering us the tools to re-understand our anger and harness its power to create lasting positive change.Andrea Catalina
bookSocial Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a DifferenceKathleen Kelly Janus, a lecturer at the Stanford University Program on Social Entrepreneurship and the founder of the successful social enterprise Spark, set out to investigate what makes a startup succeed or fail. She surveyed more than 200 high-performing social entrepreneurs and interviewed dozens of founders. Social Startup Success shares her findings for the legions of entrepreneurs working for social good, revealing how the best organizations get over the revenue hump.Bruno
bookThe Carbon Crunch: How We're Getting Climate Change Wrong--and How to Fix ItIn this hard-hitting book, Dieter Helm looks at how and why we have failed to tackle the issue of global warming and argues for a new, pragmatic rethinking of energy policy—from transitioning from coal to gas and eventually to electrification of transport, to carbon pricing and a focus on new technologies. Lucid, compelling and rigorously researched, this book will have a lasting impact on how we think about climate change.Bruno
bookThe Circular Economy Handbook: Realizing the Circular AdvantageIn The Circular Economy Handbook, the authors illuminate the path from insight to action, from linear to circular. With case studies, advice and practical guidance, they show leaders how to pivot towards a holistic circular organization, embedding circularity internally and delivering broad-based system change.Bruno
bookThe Circular Economy: A Wealth of FlowsKen Webster argues that our linear 'take-make and dispose' economy is a 19th century heritage adrift in the 21st century reality. The time is right to move towards a circular economy - a regenerative model based around feedback-rich flows allied to new business models. The economic advantage lies in designing out waste, enabling access over ownership, using materials in cascading systems and radical resource productivity with the prospect of rebuilding capital and resilience. A circular economy has profound consequences for employment, education, money and finance but also induces a shift in public policy and taxation. The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows gives a stimulating overview of this emerging framework for economic prosperity reinvented.Bruno
bookThe Honest Broker by Roger A. Pielke Jr.This book is about understanding how the scientific entreprise can have a positive role in policy making and politics, and which roles they choose to have. Rather than prescribing what course of action each scientist ought to take, the book aims to identify a range of options. This book challenges the potential readers - scientists, politicians and laid citizens - to think carefully about how best science can contribute to policy making towards a healthy democracy.Andrea Catalina
bookThe Limits to GrowthThe book that changed my life and opened my eyes: How great minds and scientists, economics, gather, study and bring facts and figures to drive action and understanding of Planetery boundaries in relation to growth.Bruno
bookThe Trillion Dollar Shift by Marga HoekExamples and cases of how businesses are making a difference, relevant facts and figures to support the cases, and inspiring and instructional information on how businesses can create sustainable value, this highly readable book is a must-read for businesses (large and small) that wish to genuinely support the delivery of the SDGs.Bruno
bookThe Triple Bottom LineThe Triple Bottom Line is the groundbreaking book that charts the rise of sustainability within the business world and shows how and why financial success increasingly goes hand in hand with social and environmental achievement.Bruno
bookThinking in Systems: A Primer
"Gives a great understanding of the socio-ecological systems, it's traps and leverage points of interventions and how to dance with systems"
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bookThis Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi KleinAnyone striving to change the system needs to understand it and face some harsh truths. This is an absolute must-read for everyone who wishes to understand how capitalistic exploitation caused not only the climate crisis but it’s in fact at the root of all inequality, and how all these issues are interconnected.Nico
bookWe Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran FoerThis might not be a groundbreaking book in terms of solutions, but it does help look inside ourselves and empathise with those who still aren’t on board with climate action. Instead of repeating scientific facts that should no longer be up for debate, the book explores the human reasons behind denial and inaction. A very similar, but more specifically focused on food production, work by Foer is Eating Animals.Nico
bookWhen the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress by Gabor MatéThis is a book about the research on the physiological connection between life's stresses and emotions and the body systems governing nerves, immune apparatus and hormones. With this shared knowledge the author invites us all to be our own health advocates.Andrea Catalina
bookWhy Materials Matter; Responsible Design for a Better WorldWhat does it mean to live in a material world, and how do materials of the past and present hold the keys to our future? This book tackles these questions by focusing on various issues that human beings face and by discussing potential materials-related solutions. Through the lens of intriguing projects by designers, artists, makers, and scientists, it presents a colorful panoply of ideas, technologies, and creative efforts that focus on the earth's most basic elements, while also showing how these elements can be transformed into entirely new materials. It explores, for example, how ancient practices such as dyeing fabric and making glue may hold the secret to renewable and earth-friendly consumer products, as well as how recycling plastics can tackle food waste, and how a type of light metal being developed may one day make air travel less fuel-reliant.Bruno
gameWorld at the Crossroads (Computer Strategy Game) This game made me realize the scope of challenges that the humanity faces. Highly recommended if you are into computer simulations!Patryk
podcastDW Living PlanetNico
podcastGreen DreamerNico
podcastMind Body Podcast (in German)The Mind Body Podcast shows you how to activate your self-healing with the help of a treasure chest of self-help strategies. So you can make sure that you don't get sick yourself. Andrea Catalina
podcastMothers of Inventionsee description of "Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future" by Mary RobinsonNico
podcastRadical EmpathyThis podcast sets out to find the common threads that are shared between even the most distant perspectives. This first season focus on restorative justice and the positive impact it can have on our society.Andrea Catalina
podcastThe Anxious AchieverThis podcast challenges us to rethink mental health and work, with candid stories from leaders who’ve been there.Andrea Catalina
podcastWomen at WorkThis podcast focuses on conversations about with women that share their experiences at their job positions. This sets a baseline to we’re at and how we move forward.Andrea Catalina
radio stationIndigenous Rights RadioThis radio station brings the latest information on Indigenous Peoples' rights and how they are being implemented around the world. It is divided into several categories such as 'Climate Change and Environment', 'Communication', 'Land Rights', 'Indigenous Women', among others.Andrea Catalina
websiteClimate Change and Mental HealthNico
websiteIntersectional EnvironmentalistThe Intersectional Environmentalist is an online platform centring perspective and communities otherwise marginalised in the mainstream discourse about climate issues and action. The website offers the opportunity to explore how climate issues affect different communities and aspects of our lives, and how it relates to social issues.Nico
Youtube channelShelbzleeeShelbzleee is an eco-minimalist YouTuber offering a no-nonsense and realistic approach to waste reduction. Her motto is: “You cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that you can do”Nico