We will add to this list periodically and post on the chat feed in your WYSE Student Portal when new items are added, so check there often!

Pick which items you want to review. You do not need to review them all! (Tip: Pick items from more than one subgroup to cover a  broader range of topics)

Please remember your local library is a great place to find these books (and ebooks are often available if you cannot get to your library!).

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Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson

ISBN: 978-0871403858

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland by Miriam Horn

ISBN: 978-0393247343

Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things by M. R. O’Connor

ISBN: 978-0813535401

A Scientist Audits the Earth by Stewart Pimm

ISBN: 0-8135-3540-9

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllenben

ISBN 978-1-77164-248-4

Sustainability: A Love Story by Nicole Walker

ISBN 978-0-8142-5485-1


Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard

ISBN 0762787252

Environmental Justice/Community Involvement/Action

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

ISBN: 0-618-25305-x

  • Considered the book that stared the environmental revolution and is still regarded as controversial
  • Do you know who Rachel Carson is? http://www.rachelcarson.org/

Dying from Dioxin: A Citizen’s Guide to Reclaiming our Health and Rebuilding Democracy by Lois Marie Gibbs

ISBN 0-89608-525-2

Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution by Marcus Eriksen

ISBN: 978-080705640-0

Dumping In Dixie: Race, Class, And Environmental Quality, Third Edition  by Robert Bullard

Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color by Robert Bullard

Environmental Justice: Issues, Policies, and Solutions by Bryant Bunyan

From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (Critical America) by Luke Cole

Unequal_Protection_cover_optimized“Unequal Protection: The Racial Divide in Environmental Law” by Marianne Lavelle
Behavior Change for Nature: A Behavioral Science Toolkit for Practitioners by Rare


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

ISBN: 978-1-4391-2566-3

The 100 Thing Challenge: How I got rid of almost everything, remade my life, and regained my soul by Dave Bruno

ISBN: 978-0-06-178774-4

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

ISBN: 1631490826

Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children’s Literature by Liam Heneghan

ISBN: 9780226431383

Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet by Julie Dunlap

ISBN: 9780226431383

Business of Environment

Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart’s Green Revolution by Edward Humes

ISBN: 978-0-06-169049-5

History: Where it all begins!

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold Specifically “The Land Ethic” Chapter.

ISBN: 0-19-500777-8

Before Earth Day: The Origins of American Environmental Law, 1945-1970 by Karl Boyd Brooks

ISBN: 978-0-7006-1627-5


Climate: It’s Getting Hot in Here!

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated: The Fate of the World and What We Can DO before It’s Too Late by Thom Hartmann

ISBN: 0- 8070-8572-3

A Field Guide To Climate Anxiety by Sarah Jaquette Ray

ISBN: 0520343301


Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World

ISBN: 9780691181202

Water: It’s Everywhere, but can I have a glass?

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water- The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century by Fred Pearce

ISBN: 0- 8070-8572-3

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

ISBN: 978-1-59691-372-1

Ocean Preservation/Conservation

Pristine Seas: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places by Enric Sala

ISBN: 978-1-4262-1611-4