MadSci Network: Environment/Ecology

Re: What classic piece of environmental literature should everyone read?

Area: Environment/Ecology
Posted By: Karla Wilson, Staff, Biology
Date: Thu Feb 6 09:51:15 1997
Message ID: 854123085.En

Hi Tami-

Environmental literature can cover a lot of ground, from scientific to 
political to spiritual to literary.  The list I have cobbled together is a
starting point, but far from comprehensive.  Review them all before
recommending them to your students.

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
Diet for a Small Planet, by Francis Moore Lappe
Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn
Walden Pond, by Henry David Thoreau
A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold
Small Is Beautiful, by E.F. Schumacher 
Thinking Like a Mountain, by Johanna Macy and John Seed
The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey
Soft Energy Paths, by Amory Lovins
Beyond the Limits, by Donella and Dennis Meadows (authors of Limits to Growth)
Tropical Nature:  Life and Death in the Rainforests of Central and South America,
by Adrian Forsyth and Ken Mitjata

Other authors and seminal thinkers that come to mind are Hazel 
Henderson, and Peter Matthiessen...

Good luck in your project.

-Karla Wilson

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