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Offers ways for people to conserve natural resources to ensure that there is enough for all people, present and future.

50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth
Author: The Earth Works Group. Most of the 50 Things covered here are unbelievably easy. They are the kind of things you would do anyway to save money -- if you knew how much you could save. Now you do; the Earthworks Group has done your legwork for you. At the very least, this book shows you how to use energy more intelligently. Don't shiver in the dark; just make sure you're getting as much comfort and convenience as possible from every dollar you spend on electricity, natural gas, and gasoline.
After Earth Day: Continuing the Conservation Effort
Editor: Oelschlaeger, Max. This collection of 16 often-stimulating essays on the polities, science and philosophy of conservation grew out of a 1991 conference held at the University of North Texas. Oelsehlaeger (The Idea of Wilderness) ends the book by suggesting that, in our current culture, religion is fundamental to solving ecological crises.
Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture, and the New American Farmer
Broken Limbs received two 2005 Northwest Emmy nominations for its exploration of these hopeful stirrings within agriculture. The movie helps viewers discover ways in which any individual can play a role not just in saving America's farmers, but in restoring hope for humanity.
Creating Sustainable Communities: Nurturing the Spirit in the Places We Live
Alan AtKisson, nationally recognized consultant, writer, and authority on matters of sustainable development: co-founder of Sustainable Seattle; former executive editor of In Context: A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture. Sheila Kelly, co-chair of the Sustainable Communities Working Group for the President's Council on Sustainable Development: Trustee of Sustainable Seattle; member of design team for the Whidbey Institute.
Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and the Battle for Our Energy Future
Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, Dirty Business reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells stories of innovators who are pointing the way to an alternative energy future.
EcoTeam: A Program Empowering Americans to Create Earth-Friendly Lifestyles
Author: David Gershon with Andrea Barrist Stern. The Household EcoTeam Program will assist you in translating your desire to do the right thing into a program of environmental action that will make a difference.
Ethics for a Small Planet : New Horizons on Population, Consumption, and Ecology
Author: Maguire, Daniel C., and Larry L. Rasmussen. Looks at the crisis caused by overconsumption, overpopulation, and economic and political injustice. The authors discuss religions as part of the big powerhouses in making the problems worse but also at how they can help to solve them.
Radical Simplicity
Author: Jim Merkel Many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a tangible way of trasnforming our unsustainable culture. Radical Simplicity is the first book to guide you toward a personal sustainability goal, and then offer a way to lower your footprint to be more equitable among all people, species, and generations.
The Climate Diet
Author: Harrington, Jonathan. Offers an optimistic, easy to understand and engaging message; that individuals, organizations and communities can empower themselves to decrease their impact on the climate (and save money).
The Consumer Society
Editors: Neva R. Goodwin, Frank Ackerman, and David Kiron. The Consumer Society provides brief summaries of the most important and influential writings on the environmental, moral, and social implications of a consumer society and consumer lifestyles.
The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists
Author: Brower, Michael, and Warren Leon. At a time when readers can find books containing 1001 things that they can do to “save the Earth,” this book provides a hopeful and clear path for leading a more Earth-honoring life. The authors use reader-friendly language to describe some of the most pressing ecological concerns of our time. Then they prioritize helpful actions that will have the most beneficial impacts on the planet.
The Living Universe
Author: Duane Elgin. Elgin brings together extraordinary evidence from cosmology, biology, and physics to show that the universe is not dead but rather uniquely alive, an insight that, he shows, is in harmony with all of the world's major spiritual traditions.
The Lorax
Author: Geisel, Theodore (Dr. Seuss). A classic Earth-care book that deals with consumerism and endangered “species,” and offers an invitation to stewardship. Dr. Seuss’ genius and compassion shine through.
The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World
Author: Senge, Peter, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur, and Sara Schley. Describes how companies around the world are boldly leading the change from dead-end “business as usual” tactics to transformative strategies that are essential for creating a flourishing, sustainable world. This book contains a wealth of strategies that individuals and organizations can use — specific tools and ways of thinking — to help us build the confidence and competence to respond effectively to the greatest challenge of our time.
The Story of Stuff
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.
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