6 Jun 2019

World Environment Day Reading List

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World Environment Day is observed every year on June 5th to raise awareness and promote action on national environmental issues.

Unfortunately there are so many issues facing our environment that it can be easy to feel overwhelmed or unsure about how we can help. To get you started, we’ve selected our top picks which break down these topics and give you realistic advice. 

For an overview

‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson: Published in 1962, the words of this book still ring true as this revolutionary environmentalist alerted us to the dangers of pesticides on wildlife. We also love the children’s version “Rachel Carson and her book that changed the world’ by Laurie Lawlor.

The Decade We Could Have Stopped Climate Change: Loosing Earth’ by Nathaniel Rich: An eye-opening account of 1979 when we first became aware of what was happening to the world. The book carries the story into the present day to show what the past means for us in 2019 and what we ca do. 

’47 Things You can do for the Environment’ by Lexi Petronis and Jill Buck: This book explores some of the big and small things you can do which will have a significant impact on our earth.

Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand’ by Catherine Knight: Localise the issues in this book which traces the evolution of environmental administration in New Zealand.



‘Food is the Solution: what to eat to save the world’ by Matthew Prescott: Full of infographs, recipes and essays, this is a wonderful resource on how anyone can help solve the world’s major issues by incorporating more plants into their diets.

‘Cooking with Scraps' by Lindsay-Jean Hard: One of the simplest things we can do to reduce waste is change the way we cook. This book offers practical tips on how to use seeds, stems, tops and rinds in easy and delicious meals.


‘How to Live Plastic Free: a day in the life of a plastic detox’ by Marina Conservation Society: Get ready for plastic free July with these tips and tricks on reducing usage in your daily life. From your morning routine to meal times and shopping, this book covers it all.

‘How to Give up Plastic: A guide to changing the world, one plastic bottle at a time’ by Will McCallum: This accessible guide, written by the campaigner at the forefront of the anti-plastic movement, will help you make the small changes that make a big difference, from buying a reusable coffee cup to running a clean-up at your local park or beach.