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How to Save the Planet: A Selection of Books on Climate Change & the Environment

Posted on 20th April 2021 by Mark Skinner

Climate change and the environmental catastrophe that it brings in its wake is one of the most pressing issues of contemporary society. Whilst reversing the appalling destruction being done to the planet may be far from easy, there are practical measures that can be taken and these are outlined in this selection of books, aimed both at adults and children. 

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Collecting Greta Thunberg’s speeches together in one volume, this timely book lays bare the eloquence and fury that drive a global environmental movement.
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Embracing Britain’s promise to become carbon neutral by 2050, Chris Goodall makes a pivotal practical plan for achieving widespread change in this engaging and inspiring volume.
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Empowering in its practical approach and ultimately optimistic, The Future We Choose is a call to action to tackle the environmental catastrophe from two leading experts in the field.
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Featuring missives from both celebrities and the general public, Letters to the Earth is an inspiring and provocative collection of personal testimony and a revealing snapshot of outrage at the global climate crisis.
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An updated edition with fresh material on protests, pandemics, wildfires and more, There Is No Planet B explores the various environmental and economic challenges we face today and the practical action we can take to enact positive change.
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Recognising that millions of people making small changes to their lifestyles can make a real difference to the global environment, How to Save the World for Free features countless tips and tricks to aid the fight against climate change and pollution.
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An antidote to the gloomier forecasts of impending climate disaster, Bill Gates's sprightly and infectiously proactive book offers practicable, sustainable solutions to reversing global climate change.
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Presented with clarity and urgency, Siegle’s impassioned plea for us to take collective responsibility for our plastic consumption provides practical goals and realistic actions to combat this major ecological threat.
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The teenage star of BBC’s Countryfile and social media sensation, Dara McAnulty opens up about his autism and its interrelation to his love of the natural world, as well as providing fascinating practical advice and knowledge about British wildlife.
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When Tree and her husband gave their clay farmland back to nature it kickstarted an experiment in ecological innovation and a personal journey into the realities of farming in the 21st century, and Wilding soars with passion, enthusiasm and an undying faith in the virtues of conservation.
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Advancing chronologically throughout the year, The Wild Remedy explores the bountiful wonders of nature with specific reference to how the great outdoors can aid mental wellbeing.
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With fast, mass-produced clothing proving one of the most pernicious obsessions embraced by the West, this fun, revelatory guide demonstrates how we can all shop more ethically and sustainably and how a passion for fashion doesn’t mean we have to perpetuate a damaging industry.
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In this inspiring guide to eco-friendly cleaning, Nancy Birtwhistle shares her expert tips for keeping your home spotless in a sustainable way.
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Beautiful prose and meticulous research meet in Elizabeth Kolbert’s deeply humbling, Pulitzer-winning exploration of humankind’s impact on the species with which we share the Earth.
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Charting the cumulative effects of the climate change denialism of the 1980s, Losing Earth takes a sobering look at the tragic price of past mistakes and missed opportunities that hang over our current efforts to save the planet.
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From the genius behind children’s classic Dear Zoo comes a lift-the-flap board book about endangered species that combines interactive fun with environmental education.
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The acclaimed author/illustrator of Meerkat Mail delivers an entertaining rhyming tale of a badger’s obsession with woodland tidying that carries a perfectly judged message about conservation and protecting the environment.

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From Jane Goodall to Wangari Maathai, Kate Pankhurst introduces more groundbreaking women from history, in this accessible and informative book with an emphasis on ecology and the environment.
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From the tiniest bacteria to the awesome power of the wind, this vibrant volume is packed full of fascinating facts about every aspect of saving the planet and preserving life on earth.
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A fantastic, interactive addition to the bestselling See Inside series, this fully illustrated book takes readers from rubbish truck to recycling plant with a host of informative flaps to lift.
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Learn all about animal environments from minibeasts to polar bears in this fun and enlightening guide to thirteen different habitats around the world, boasting beautiful illustrations.
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Filled with creative ideas and motivating examples to inspire the next generations of changemakers, this brilliant book pairs the facts about the climate crisis with practical tips on how everyone can make a positive impact.
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Answering questions from the scientific to the philosophical, Climate Crisis for Beginners is the perfect primer for all children eager to investigate this most urgent of global issues in a clear, concise and informed way.
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The author/illustrator of Women in Science examines the wonderful workings of the planet, from ecosystems to biodiversity and climate change, in a beautifully presented edition full of intricate detail.
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Both absorbing animal adventure and subtle commentary on climate change and the plight of endangered species, The Last Bear revolves around April, the daughter of an Arctic researcher, and her chance encounter with a lone polar bear.

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Inspired by the children’s classic The Little Grey Men, nature writer and novelist Melissa Harrison weaves an enchanting tale of three ancient beings of the wild and their journey through countryside and cityscape in pursuit of a new place to live.
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From peaceful protest to business boycotts and fundamental lifestyle changes, this is an essential guide to tackling climate change and changing the world forever courtesy of Extinction Rebellion Youth.
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