Here are my favorite resources: books, films, organizations, and news sources I and my colleagues at the Plum Village Earth Holder Sangha recommend to help you cultivate eco-mindfulness and take loving and effective Earth-healing action.

Non-Fiction Books

  • Diane Ackerman, The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us (W.W. Norton and Company, 2014)
  • Edited by Allan Hunt Badiner, Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism (Parallax Press, 2002)
  • Gerardo Ceballos and Anne H. Ehrlich Annihilation of Nature: A clarion call for engagement and action to stop the 6th great extinction (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)
  • Jonathan M. Cullen and Julian M. Allwood, Sustainable Materials with Both Eyes Open: Without the Hot Air (UIT Cambridge, 2012)
  • Patrick Curry, Ecological Ethics: An Introduction (Polity Press, 2008)
  • Jared Duval, The Next Generation Democracy (Bloomsbury, 2010)
  • Charles Einstein, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible: Sacred Activism (North Atlantic Books, 2013)
  • Duane Elgin, Voluntary Simplicity (Harper, 2010)
  • Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage (Yale University Press, 2006)
  • Tim Flannery, The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth (Grove Press, 2005)
  • Matthew Fox, The Reinvention of Work: A New Vision of Livelihood for our Time (HarperOne, 1995)
  • Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonca, A Renewable World: Energy, Ecology, Equality (Green Books, 2009)
  • Paul Gilding, The Great Disruption: How the Climate Crisis will Change Everything for the Better (Bloomsbury Press, 2011)

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  • Thich Nhat Hanh, The Diamond that Cuts through Illusion: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra (Parallax Press, 1992)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Love Letter to the Earth (Parallax Press, 2013)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, The World We Have (Parallax Press, 2008)
  • James Hansen, Storms of My Grandchildren: Descriptions of the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity (Bloomsbury USA, 2010)
  • Paul Hawken and Amory Lovins, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Little, Brown and Co, 2010)
  • Mark Hertsgaard, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth (Mariner Books, 2012)
  • Randolph Hester, Design for Ecological Democracy (MIT Press, 2006)
  • Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Simon and Schuster, 2015)
  • Elizabeth Kolbert The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Henry Holt & Co, February 2014)
  • David Korten, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Communities (Kumarian Press, October 2007)
  • Anna Lappe, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can do About It (Bloomsbury, 2010)
  • Frances Moore Lappe, EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want (Nation Books, September 2011)
  • Laurie Lawlor, This Tender Place: The Story of a Wetland Year (University Press Wisconsin, September 2005)
  • Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac (Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • John Daido Loori, Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds (Harvard University Press, 1998)
  • John Daido Loori, Teachings of the Earth: Zen and the Environment (Shambhala Publications, 1999)
  • Richard Louv, The Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin Books, April 2008)
  • Amory Lovins and Rocky Mountain Institute, Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013)
  • Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax Press, 1991)
  • Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown, Coming Back to Life (New Society Publishers, 1998)
  • Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy (New World Library, March 2012)
  • Joel Makower, Strategies for the Green Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the New World of Business (McGraw-Hill, 2008)
  • Heather Lyn Mann, Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope (Parallax Press, October 2016)
  • Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard (Penguin classics, September 2008)
  • William McDonough, Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability: Designing for Abundance (North Point Press, 2013)
  • Bill McKibben, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet  (Times Books, April 2010)
  • Bill McKibben, Oil and Honey: The education of an unlikely activist (St Martin’s Griffin, 2014)
  • Zachia Murray, Mindfulness in the Garden: Zen Tools for Digging in the Dirt (Parallax Press, 2012)
  • Christian Parenti, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, 2012)
  • Mary Pipher, The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture (Riverhead Trade, June 2013)
  • William Powers, Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream (New World Library, May 2010)
  • Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez, Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence (Penguin Books, 2008)
  • Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild (Counterpoint; expanded edition August 17, 2010)
  • Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Stories, Wild Possibilities (Nation Books, 2004)
  • Edited by John Stanley, David R. Loy, and Gyurme Dorje, A Buddhist Response to THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY (Wisdom Publications, 2009)
  • Sustainable World Coalition, Sustainable World Sourcebook: Critical issues, Inspiring Solutions, Resources for Action, the Essential Guidebook for the Concerned Citizen (Vinti Allen, 2014)
  • Henry David Thoreau, Walden (Simon and Brown, March 2011)
  • Edited by Llewelly Vaughan-Lee, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth (the Golden Sufi Center, 2013)
  • Jay Walljasper, All that We Share (New Press, 2010)
  • Edited by Claude Whitmyer, Mindfulness and Meaningful Work: Explorations in Right Livelihood (Parallax Press, 1994)
  • Meg Wheatley, So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, October 2012)
  • Andrew Winston, The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014)


  • Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior: A Novel (Harper, 2012)
  • Cormac McCarthy, The Road (Vintage Books, 2006)
  • Paolo Bacigalupi, Wind Up Girl (Night Shade Books, 2010)

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Documentaries/Films/Video Presentations

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Climate Information Sources


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