A selection of books, podcasts, courses, organisations and more, for information and inspiration.

Sustainability resources

You’ll notice that book links go to the Big Green Bookshop in Hastings, where Simon Key will be able to source most books for you. That way, the appropriate corporate tax will be paid, and you won’t be contributing to Bezos’ fortune.

Turning the Tide on Plastic

[ BOOK ] Lucy Siegle’s book is a fascinating revelation of how this ubiquitous material has taken over our planet, and how we can turn around the tidal wave of plastic.

Website Carbon Calculator

[ WEBSITE ] Find out how much CO2 is produced every time someone visits your website. Currently ICT produces 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

[ BOOK ] Yvon Chouinard tells the story behind Patagonia: an internationally recognised, politically-active brand that epitomises sustainable business.

2040

[ FILM ] This feels like a companion film to the book, The Future We Choose. It’s a vision of the world in 2040 if we embrace ‘the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet’.

The True Cost

[ FILM ] A documentary about the human and environmental costs of fashion. After watching this, you’ll probably avoid fast fashion and may start buying secondhand.

Ecosia

[ SEARCH ENGINE ] Instead of relying on Google, which doesn’t pay its fair share of taxes, use a search engine that donates at least 80% of its profits to reforestation and planting trees. Make the world a cleaner place!

WWF Environmental Footprint Calculator

[ WEBSITE ] After answering a handful of questions, you can get an estimate of your environmental footprint and how it compares to the UK average, in tonnes. Keep in mind that Mike Berners-Lee advocates a 5 tonne lifestyle.

Wilding

[ BOOK ] Isabella Tree recounts the pioneering rewilding project at Knepp in West Sussex. It delves into the stories of single species as much as the benefits of rewilding, like biodiversity, soil health, and flood mitigation.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

[ FOUNDATION ] The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy, offering a treasure trove of resources like courses and sector-specific reports.

Business Sustainability Management

[ COURSE ] The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership offers this whistlestop tour of sustainability in business. These eight intense weeks of reading, discussion, inspiration, and study could change your life!

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

[ BOOK ] Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, architects of the Paris Agreement, take us on a tour of our possible futures – first terrifying and then reassuring — and map out the route we need to take to safeguard our future.

How Bad Are Bananas? The carbon footprint of everything

[ BOOK ] It’s not often that you see ‘entertaining’ and ‘carbon footprint’ in the same sentence. This enjoyable book by Mike Berners-Lee is packed full of useful information including how we can aim to live a 5-tonne lifestyle.