People usually treat the problems of ecology ambiguously: on the one hand, they recognize their importance and danger, on the other, they try not to think about them and do not believe that they can change something. In fact, only we ourselves can and must influence the environment.
If each person takes responsibility for minimizing the damage they cause to nature, we can feel safe. This does not require extinguishing burning forests or saving endangered species. Caring for the environment means conscious consumption, saving resources, reducing waste.
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“Climate paradoxes. Ice Age or Burning Heat? ", Igor Karol, Andrey Kiselev
The book by Karol and Kiselev can be called an entry-level textbook on climatology, but an interesting, high-quality textbook, written in an accessible language and illustrated with visual graphs and figures. It explains in detail and clearly the difference between weather and climate, how to predict weather, the nature of global warming, the impact of refrigerants on the ozone layer. The last chapter of the book is devoted to the available measures for favorable climate and environmental change.
Billions and Billions: Reflections on Life and Death at the Turn of the Millennium, Carl Sagan
The last book of the famous American scientist and popularizer of science Carl Sagan. It is not like his other popular science works on space, the origin of life and evolution. This is a collection of essays on a variety of topics, including philosophical ones. The author reflects on the achievements of mankind, on the origin of religious delusions, on the rights of women, on morality and interethnic conflicts. But the main topic of the book is environmental issues. Sagan discusses how irresponsible a person is about his home and his own inventions. For the sake of petty ambitions, ethnic conflicts and immediate needs, we endanger our own security and risk the survival of our species.
The book is written in easy language, and is read in one breath. The scholar takes each topic in depth from a variety of perspectives without intimidation or panic, and his calm and persuasive tone is impressive. After this book, it is impossible to remain indifferent to environmental problems and not think about your own contribution to nature conservation.
“The world of three zeros. How to cope with poverty, unemployment and environmental pollution ", Muhammad Yunus
The author of the book is Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi entrepreneur, banker, professor of economics and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. His company, Grameen Bank, is engaged in social business: it provides loans to the poor in Bangladesh to develop their business. These loans are provided on the basis of trust, and Yunus receives profits from the future income of entrepreneurs. The World of Three Zeros deals with three main themes: poverty, unemployment and environmental pollution. A significant part of the book is devoted to environmental issues. Muhammad is well versed in this topic: Bangladesh is one of the most disadvantaged and environmentally vulnerable countries, and the poor are seriously affected by environmental destruction.
The author talks about the state of the environment in developing countries and shows examples of successful social projects aimed at improving the situation. Yunus himself provides residents with ecological sources of energy, supplies recycling facilities, participates in a project to restore natural resources in Haiti and proclaims the most important goal of the economy to completely end carbon dioxide emissions.
This book makes you seriously think about what is happening now in the world. It is becoming clear how acute environmental problems are in many parts of the world and how dire the consequences can be. The stories of Muhammad Yunus motivate people to make a feasible investment in protecting the environment and instill confidence that small steps will lead to global change.
"Out of town", Alexander Ivanov
Alexander Ivanov is the founder of the first ecovillage in Altai, who has been living far from civilization for seven years already, arranging his life with his own hands and taking care of nature. He expounded all his experience in the work "Outside the City". And this is not just a practical guide for those who want to give up city life. The book touches on the issues of conscious consumption, an environmentally friendly lifestyle, a responsible attitude towards oneself and the environment, the search for a life goal. The author's ideas and recommendations will be useful not only to the settlers of eco-villages, but also to ordinary city residents.
Alexander Ivanov is a practicing psychotherapist, and in the book he often examines the ideas of conscious consumption and respect for nature in the context of psychology. Instead of the fashionable term "environmental friendliness", he prefers the word "sustainability" - a person's ability to live in harmony with himself, the people around him, nature and the material world, regardless of changing conditions.
A Year Without Shopping by Keith Flanders
Kate Flanders was an ordinary American woman with bad habits, loans and addiction to shopping. Once she decided to become more conscious and put her life in order: she stopped drinking, paid off her debts, took up sports and travel. The hardest part turned out to cope with the habit of mindless shopping. And then Kate set up an experiment and for a whole year did not buy new things, except for the most necessary things for life. She described her experience in the book A Year Without Shopping.
In a year, Flanders threw away more than half of her possessions and began to appreciate the few things she had. She has learned to dispense with spontaneous shopping, fix broken items, reduce waste, and solve problems and cope without shopping. After the experiment was over, conscientious consumption became her way of life. A Year Without Shopping is not only a captivating account of unusual experiences with personal details, but also a helpful guide for those who want to live a simple and meaningful life.