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Environmental Economics & Sustainable Development Books

Book cover for How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates

Book cover for Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth

Book cover for Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough

Book cover for This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

Book cover for On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein

Book cover for The Climate Cure: Solving the Climate Emergency in the Era of COVID-19

The Climate Cure: Solving the Climate Emergency in the Era of COVID-19 by Tim Flannery

Book cover for LOVE+GREEN BUILDING You and Me and the Beautiful Planet

LOVE+GREEN BUILDING: You and Me and the Beautiful Planet by Jason F. McLennan

Book cover for Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Roll Back Global Warming by Paul Hawken

Book cover for The Future We Choose: Stubborn Optimist's Guide to the Climate Crisis

Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

Book cover for Generation Share: The Change-Makers Building the Sharing Economy

Generation Share: The Inspiring Change-makers Building a Sharing Economy by Benita Matofska and Sophie SheinWald

Book cover for How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference

How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference by Rebecca Huntley

Book cover for I Know This to Be True: Greta Thunberg

I Know This to Be True: Greta Thunberg: On Truth, Courage, and Saving Our Planet by Chronicle Books

Book cover for Climate Optimism: Celebrating Systemic Change Around the World

Climate Optimism: Celebrating Systemic Change Around the World (Environmental Sustainability, Doing Good Things, Book for Activists by Zahra Biabani

Book cover for Silent Spring

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Book cover for SIXTH EXTINCTION: An Unnatural History

SIXTH EXTINCTION: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Book cover for The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

Book cover for The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken

Book cover for The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability - Designing for Abundance

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance by Michael Braungart and William McDonough

Book cover for The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession With Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And a Vision for Change

The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession With Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard

Book cover for Small Is Beautiful: Economics as If People Mattered

Small Is Beautiful: Economics as If People Mattered by E F Schumacher

Book cover for Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

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

Book cover for Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins

Book cover for Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update by Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows

Book cover for Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature by Janine M Benyus

Book cover for Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman - Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman–Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual by Yvon Chouinard

Book cover for Sustainable Energy: Without the Hot Air 2

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air by David JC MacKay

Book cover for The World Without Us

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Book cover for Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben

Book cover for Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows

Book cover for How Bad Are Bananas: The carbon footprint of everything

How Bad Are Bananas?: The carbon footprint of everything by Mike Berners-Lee

Book cover for We are the weather: Saving the planet begins at breakfast

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

Book cover for Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

Book cover for Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet

Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson

Book cover for Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability

Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability by Owen David

Book cover for The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate Discoveries from A Secret World 1

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate Discoveries from A Secret World: 1 by Peter Wohlleben

Book cover for Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion: Responsible Shopping in the Age of Cheap Fashion by Cline Elizabeth

Book cover for No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Book cover for The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience by Rob Hopkins

Book cover for All We Can Save

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Book cover for Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage by Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston

Book cover for A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough

Book cover for The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber

Book cover for Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being, and Why No One Saw it Coming

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being, and Why No One Saw it Coming by Paul Hawken

Book cover for Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben

Book cover for Walden, or, Life in the Woods

Walden, or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

Book cover for The Reindeer Chronicles: And Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth

The Reindeer Chronicles: And Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth by Judith D. Schwartz

Book cover for Consumed: The need for collective change; colonialism, climate change & consumerism

Consumed: The need for collective change; colonialism, climate change & consumerism by Aja Barber

Book cover for The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security

The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security by Eric Toensmeier

Book cover for The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery

The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery by Michael Taylor

Book cover for Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take

Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take by Paul Polman and Andrew Winston

Book cover for The Sustainability Scorecard: How to Implement and Profit from Unexpected Solutions

The Sustainability Scorecard: How to Implement and Profit from Unexpected Solutions by Urvashi Bhatnagar and Paul Anastas

Book cover for Sustainability Is the New Advantage: Leadership, Change, and the Future of Business 1

Sustainability Is the New Advantage: Leadership, Change, and the Future of Business: 1 by Peter McAteer

Book cover for Cambridge Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit Book

Cambridge Grow the Pie : How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit Book by Alex Edmans

Book cover for The Climate Book

The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg

Book cover for Rebuilding Earth: Designing Ecoconscious Habitats for Humans

Rebuilding Earth: Designing Ecoconscious Habitats for Humans by Teresa Coady

Book cover for Working to Restore: Harnessing the Power of Regenerative Business to Heal the World

Working to Restore: Harnessing the Power of Regenerative Business to Heal the World by Esha Chhabra

Book cover for Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered

Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered by E F Schumacher

Book cover for Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson

Book cover for 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Book cover for The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future by David Wallace-Wells

Book cover for Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime

Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

Book cover for Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson

Book cover for The Climate Change Playbook: 22 Systems Thinking Games for More Effective Communication about Climate Change

The Climate Change Playbook: 22 Systems Thinking Games for More Effective Communication about Climate Change by Dennis Meadows, Linda Booth Sweeney and Gillian Martin Mehers

Book cover for Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence

Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, Zenobia Barlow

Book cover for The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

Book cover for What We Think About When We (Try Not to) Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action

What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action by Per Espen Stoknes, Jorgen Randers

Book cover for Sunlight and Seaweed - An Argument for How to Feed, Power and Clean Up the World

Sunlight and Seaweed: An Argument for How to Feed, Power and Clean Up the World by Tim Flannery

Book cover for There's Something In The Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities

There’s Something In The Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities by Ingrid R. G. Waldron

Book cover for There is no planet B: A handbook for the make or break years

There is no planet B: A handbook for the make or break years by Mike Berners-Lee

Book cover for Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World

Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World by Jason Hickel

Book cover for Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown

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The category of Environmental Economics & Sustainable Development Books is guaranteed to expand the way you think. If you’re unfamiliar with these topics, below is a brief description of each.

What Is Environmental Economics? Environmental economics is the study of the cost-effective allocation, use, and protection of the world’s natural resources. Economics, broadly speaking, is the study of how humans produce and consume goods and services. It is a sub-field of economics concerned with environmental issues. It has become a widely studied subject due to growing environmental concerns in the twenty-first century.

What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is defined as development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The drive for economic growth has resulted in problems such as environmental degradation and social disparities. Sustainable development aims for a more balanced approach to growth which progresses development across the three pillars of social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.

There are some true world changing books in the category of Environmental Economics & Sustainable Development Books, and I hope you enjoy them!