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Environmental books that have influenced me throughout my life: Part I

April 13, 2023

In February, I made a series of posts about books on racism and the Black Freedom Struggle that have influenced me, which was followed by a series of posts in March about books on feminism that have influenced me as well. 

This month I want to include three posts about books on the environment that have influenced how I view with the world around me. In Part I, I want to focus on books I read in the 1980s and 1990s that initially radicalized me about how I view being part of the natural world.

Here are 10 books that influenced my thinking at that time: 

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture, by Wendell Berry

Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe 

Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900–1900, by Alfred Crosby 

Turtle Talk: Voices for a Sustainable Future, by Christopher and Judith Plant 

The War Against the Greens: The “Wise-Use” Movement, the New Right, and Anti-Environmental Violence, by David Helvarg 

Dying from Dioxin: A Citizen’s Guide to Reclaiming our Health and Rebuilding Democracy, by Lois Marie Gibbs 

Simple in Means, Rich in Ends: Practicing Deep Ecology, by Bill Duvall 

Timber Wars, by Judi Bari 

Earth for Sale: Reclaiming Ecology in the Age of Corporate Greenwash, by Brian Tokar

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