I love the capabilities films and books have for changing the world. They are roadmaps for our lives and infuse our days with knowledge and inspiration. If you love the planet and are interested in making a difference but don't know where to start - then the titles below can kickstart your environmental adventures. These titles can also add beauty and stoke to wherever you're at on your path. These have made me laugh, cry, and  provoked me to do better along my journey. I hope you treasure them, find hope, seek solace, and gain what you need to move you to action.


A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver 

The Anthropology of Turquoise, Ellen Meloy

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

Blue Mind, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, Dan Egan

Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics, Starhawk

The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Four Agreements, Miguel Ruiz

Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth, James Lovelock

Gathering Moss, Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Girl With No Name, Marina Chapman

Global Chorus, Todd E. Maclean

The Golden Spruce, John Vaillant

Into the Wild, John Krakauer

Lands of Lost Borders, Kate Harris

Love Letter to the Earth, Thich Naht Hanh

The Man who Planted Trees, Jim Robbins

Mycellium Running, Paul Stamets 

No Logo, Naomi Klein

Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, Bill McKibben

On Trails, Robert Moore

The Optimistic Environmentalist, Dr. David Boyd

Recovering the Sacred: Power of Naming and Claiming, Winona Laduke

The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Berry

Saltwater Buddha, Jamal Yogis

Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Mark Nepo

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson

Spiritual Ecology, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Sandra Ingerman

Swell, Captain Liz Clarke

This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein

Tracks, Robyn Davidson

Tsawalk: A Nuu chah nulth Worldview, Richard Atleo

Phenomenal, Leigh Ann Henion

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, Susan Freinkel


  • Energy Infrastructure Ethics & Injustice: Fracked Land, DamNation, Sonics Seas, This Changes Everything

  • Climate Justice: Directly Affected, The Wisdom to Survive, The Yes Men Are Revolting, This Changes Everything, Chasing Ice

  • Food Justice & Animal Rights: Seeds of Time, Just Eat It, Cowspiracy, Salmon Confidential, Sonic Seas, Reverence: The Monarch Project, Microcosmos

  • Social Justice: The Dangerous Acts, #Chicagogirl, The Square, Everyday Rebellion

  • Personal Habits & Environment: The Gleaners and I, The Dark Side of Chew,

  • Indigenous Activism: Trick or Treaty (All Alanis Obomsawin films!), After the Last River, Red Gold, Norma’s Story, Maker of Monsters

  • Plastic Pollution, Impacts & Solutions: Plastic Bottle Village, A Plastic Ocean, Bag It, STRAWS, Landfill Harmonic, Blue, Albatross

  • Artistic Transformation & Activism: Angel Azul, Beyond the Walls

  • Urban Sustainability: Growing Cities, Lost Rivers, Edible City: Grow the Revolution, The Future of Cities

  • Permaculture: Green Gold