The following is a compilation of recommended books, films and miscellaneous material I’ve recently found interesting and important. They may shock or disturb you, question the way you see the world, or elicit action for change. It’s a growing list, so check back regularly for new inspiration.
The Burning Question isn’t the easiest book to read. It’s packed with so much information that looks at fossil fuels from every lens – environmentalist, economist, politician, consumer, you name it.
Hiding in Unnatural Happiness can be a bit difficult if you aren’t the religious or spiritual type, but I’d recommend suspending your beliefs for the duration of the book. While maybe the spirituality of it all doesn’t resonate with you, themes about intoxication, work-life balance and insatiability likely will.
Ikigai is wonderful book you could read it in a single day. It’ll change your outlook on passion and meaning, life’s work and the value of meaningful relationships. It may even inspire you to escape into a new society where genuine conversation is the norm and everyone grows their own vegetables.
In Search of Nature is a collection of essays by an incredibly brilliant biologist, Edward Wilson. He explores the similar characteristics between humans and animals to argue that we are not as different to other species as we might like to think. It’s also just really interesting!
I recently watched The True Cost while actually in India. It’s a powerful movie showcasing the harm caused by the fast fashion industry – from the toxic substances used to grow material, through the horrible working conditions women from developing countries are subjected to, and finally to the landfills and coastlines where 90% of donated clothing ends up. Powerful.
A Plastic Ocean is equally powerful. It highlights the consequences of both single use and more durable plastics, and shows that once we throw something out, it stays in our environment pretty much forever. Highly recommended (both are on Netflix in most countries).