Books and resources.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau

I read widely, watch videos, listen to talks and try to learn as much as possible from the plethora of resources available today. These are some of the resources that I love and love to share, mostly about deliberate living, sustainability, mindfulness, habits and minimalism.

Books:

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

A riveting exposure; which presents the gut-wrenching truth about the price paid by the environment, the government, the Third World and the animals themselves in order to put meat on our tables more quickly and conveniently than ever before.

Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams

MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre.

World without Fish by Mark Kurlansky

In this riveting exploration of the world of fish, bestselling author Mark Kurlansky explains (with help from a graphic novel by Frank Stockton) why all of the world s fish could be gone in fifty years, and what this generation of kids can do about it.

The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard, creator of the internet film sensation ‘The Story of Stuff’, viewed over 6 million times, offers an astonishing, galvanizing book that tells the story of all the ‘stuff’ we use every day – where our bottled water, mobile phones and jeans come from, how they’re made and distributed, and where they really go when we throw them away.

Essential Zen Habits by Leo Babauta

A guide to overcoming the mind’s resistance to change, with a method for forming habits, increasing mindfulness, and dealing with life struggles.

Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart  & William McDonough 

Cradle to Cradle is a manifesto for the new consumer – a mall-nirvana of non toxic products, endlessly ‘up-cycled’ and replaceable; sustainability without the need to change our consuming habits.

Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore’s Dilemma addresses the question: if you have the opportunity to eat anything, how do you know which things are best to eat? It delves into the food chains behind various meals, from the industrial to the pastoral.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

With profound empathy and radiant generosity, this book offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. It asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond’s Collapse uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder – and what this means for our future.

The Empty Ocean by Richard Ellis

In The Empty Ocean, acclaimed author and artist Richard Ellis tells the story of our continued plunder of life in the sea and weighs the chances for its recovery.

The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World by Rob Hopkins

This book is packed with inspiring real-life examples, and the voices of people who have created innovative local businesses and invested in all manner of new enterprises. This is the seed of a new economy – the answer to our desperate search for a new way forward.

Flip It: How to Get the Best Out of Everything by Michael Heppell

This book challenges you to get curious about how you interpret and handle every situation. It liberates you from the beliefs that have been holding you back and gives you powerfully simple ways to switch your thinking and change your actions so that you can get the very best from whatever life sends your way.

Plastic-Free by Beth Terry

Like many people, Beth Terry didn’t think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans, and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit.

Plastic Ocean by Capt Charles Moore

A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age.

Sustainability: All That Matters by Chris Goodall

This book covers a lot of ground, and addresses matters that most readers, even the most environmentally aware, will probably never have thought about much, such as the world’s use of steel and cement. In only 126 pages.

Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle

For anyone looking to declutter, organize, and simplify, author Erin Boyle shares practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision in Daring Greatly,the #1 New York Times Bestseller and TED talk hit that encourages us to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly and courageously.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

For anyone looking to declutter, organize, and simplify, author Erin Boyle shares practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption.

Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner

Erin Loechner turns away from fast and fame and frenzy. Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle – one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities, and shift your focus to the journey that matters most.

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision in Daring Greatly,the #1 New York Times Bestseller and TED talk hit that encourages us to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly and courageously.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is part memoir, part journalistic investigation, and is full of original recipes that celebrate healthy eating, sustainability and the pleasures of good food.

The World Is Blue by Sylvia Earle

 

Through compelling personal stories Sylvia Earle puts the current and future peril of the ocean and the life it supports in perspective for a wide public audience.

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Blogs:

The Conversation
Beautiful writing, thought-provoking content that is objective and interesting.

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Zen Habits
Blog run by Leo Babauta that talks about all sorts of things that can help to create a happier life.

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Future Learn
A brilliant elearning site with some very good courses about sustainability and climate change.

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Greater Good Science Centre
Based at UC Berkeley, Greater Good reports on groundbreaking research into the roots of compassion, happiness, and altruism. Great newsletter.

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The Guardian Sustainable Business
One of my go-to places for news about the sustainability sector and about entrepreneurs and social enterprises doing exciting things in this space.

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Gretchen Rubin
Author of The Happiness Project, an enjoyable blog about happiness, knowing yourself and tweaking life to make it better.

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The Good Wardrobe
Conscious fashion and style-sharing community hub with ideas about how to prolong your clothes.
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Green Kitchen Stories
A great selection of vegetarian recipes for folks moving towards a more plant-based diet.

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elephant journal
A website with articles on the mindful life – from organics to politics, and arts to conscious consumerism and everything in-between.

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