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  • Writer's pictureWatlington Climate Action Group

Good books for stocking fillers or those people you never know what to buy for.

With Christmas on the horizon now is the time to think about responsible present buying. A good book can last for life and a good read helps in so many ways. Here is a list of my book suggestions for a Climate Conscious Christmas and 2022. These books don’t all have to be bought new, we have some great charity shops in the area, and I have seen some of these in the Thame, Henley and Wallingford Oxfam book shops.

Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet Hardcover – Sept. 2021

by HRH Prince William (Introduction), Colin Butfield & Jonnie Hughes (Authors)

This is a pleasurable read, not as many pictures as you might think if you watched the TV show, but a book with hope and vision.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need – Feb. 2021 by Bill Gates

One to read if you know your stuff and one to read if you don’t. A fair and comprehensive look at all the areas. The detail is provided for each of the issues and that detail covers the pros and cons from the broader and realistic perspectives. Bill provides context to many emotive issues such as vegetarianism.

Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit – Updated and Revised Paperback – Nov. 2021 by Alex Edmans

Hot off the press. A Financial Times Book of the Year 2020! Drawing from real-life examples spanning industries and countries, Edmans demonstrates that purpose-driven businesses are consistently more successful in the long term; he provides a roadmap for company leaders to put purpose into practice and overcome the hurdles that hold many back. This edition has been updated to include the pandemic, the latest research, and new insights on how to make purpose a reality.

From Beyond: The Arctic Paperback – June 15, 2021

by Tracy Blom (Author), Sabereh M Monavar (Illustrator)

A beautifully illustrated book for children. This is a story of hope, unity, perseverance, and exploration – of the self and the planet. It reminds us of what we are capable of when we work together, opens our eyes to other cultures and ways of life, and showcases the interconnectedness of all things. The book has magic… lots of magic!

Except Antarctica Hardcover – Picture Book, July, 2021 by Todd Sturgell

This nature-documentary-gone-wrong is a gleefully funny lesson in determination and includes educational backmatter and lots of animal fun facts! Suitable for ages 4-8 years. But then who would not want to know why would a dung beetle would travel to Antarctica with a turtle and an owl?

Red Flag Warning: An Eco Adventure Kindle Edition

by Claire Datnow

Red Flag Warning explores environmental issues through the eyes and actions of brave teenagers with heartbreak and hope, hints of romance and magical realism and is ideal for young people aged 8 to 14. The story is told through the eyes of three diverse teenagers brought together by devastating wildfires, and by a powerful gift—the ability to communicate with animals.

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