Check It Out: Climate Books

Dive into these reads about climate and sustainability.
By Carolina Safar
Split graphic of book covers. Left, This Book is Not Garbage, right, Our World Out of Balance

If you’re interested in a career that focuses on climate, the environment, and sustainability, check out four of our favorite books on the subject. What others have you read that got you fired up about helping to protect our planet? 

  • This Book Is Not Garbage: 50 Ways to Ditch Plastic, Reduce Trash, and Save the World! by Isabel Thomas This illustrated guide helps everyday environmentalists make manageable, but significant, changes that can help reduce waste. Each of the 50 approaches is backed up by data and valuable information to help people understand the impact of their actions. Try this book out—see what new habits you can pick up. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

  • One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet by Anuradha Rao These powerful stories from environmental activists of color will inspire readers to take charge in their own way. With 20 stories from people of various ethnic and professional backgrounds, One Earth drives home the message that the environment has no borders and that we are all citizens of the same Earth. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

  • The Beekeepers: How Humans Changed the World of Bumble Bees by Dana L. Church Learn about the biology, natural history, and ecological roles of bumblebees.  Understand the challenges they face today. The efforts of scientists and everyday citizens are highlighted in the push to save these insects. After reading this book, maybe you’ll want to join in? Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

  • Our World Out of Balance: Understanding Climate Change and What We Can Do by Andrea Minoglio This book dives into the science behind climate change and provides readers with actions they can take to reduce its impact. It’s an informational guide for young people who want to make a difference in their local and global communities. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.