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Opt To Act Simple Action #29: Add a book about an environmental issue to your summer reading list.

Join REI In making the fight for life outdoors part of your life with The Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Opt To Act Simple Action #29: Add a book about an environmental issue to your summer reading list.

Add one (or two!) of these books to your library queue for the summer and you’ll feel both informed and inspired to take on your own brand of environmental activism.

  • Drawdown, by Paul Hawken, offers “the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming,” as stated on the book’s cover.
  • Plastic Free, by Beth Terry, provides a holistic guide to plastics in your daily life with a wealth of knowledge and preferred alternatives to guide you on a more healthy, environmentally conscious path.
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, is a classic read that takes you inside the meat industry to help you understand how that industry impacts the world, the environment and our morality.
  • The World Is Blue, by Sylvia Earle, explores the oceans and how human behavior could change what we see underwater in the coming decades.
  • Storms of My Grandchildren, by James Hansen, a well-known climate scientist, looks at the serious environmental challenges facing our planet today, and how we can leave behind a more functional world for our children and grandchildren.
  • This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein, looks at the politics around climate change, corporations and the global system that got us here in the first place through statistics and data.
  • The Story of Stuff, by Annie Leonard, highlights her take on the impact of overconsumption on our planet, health and communities. You’ll leave with an idea of the problems we face, but Leonard also offers a list of solutions you can implement in your own life.
  • Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey, tells the first-person story of Abbey’s three seasons spent living in Moab, Utah, as he watches the beautiful lands around him start to crumble.
  • Never Cry Wolf, by naturalist Farley Mowat, is a must-read for animal lovers. He was sent to the Arctic to investigate why wolves were killing caribou, and he came back with a book full of stories, myths and thoughts on the history of our changing planet.
  • The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wolf, follows the life of Alexander Von Humbolt, an early explorer and environmentalist.
  • The Beekeeper’s Lament, by Hannah Nordhaus, follows a migratory beekeeper’s struggle to keep a species in decline, alive.

Take part: June 14–20, 2020

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.
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