In collaboration with High Life Highland Libraries and the High Life Highland Countryside Ranger Service, we gathered your recommendations for climate and nature books. We separated the list of 42 books into five categories: climate science, behaviour change, personal and community resilience, strategies and plans, and intersectionality and environmental thought. Of course, no categorisation is perfect and many would have fit in multiple categories, but we hope this helps you navigate the list.

Thanks to funding from The Scottish Library & Information Council Climate Engagement Fund ‘Shelf Life,’ High Life Highland has organised an ongoing series of Climate Library sessions to compliment your book recommendations. HLH has also ordered many of the books so they are now available to loan from libraries near you. Click here to explore High Life Highland’s library catalogue. We hope you will visit your local library to learn more about the climate and nature resources available.

Happy reading! 

🌱 Books for Children | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scottish Books | ⭐ Multiple Recommendations | 📍 Available at a High Life Highland Library

Climate Science

🌱 📍 See Inside Weather and Climate by Katie Daynes and Russell Tate An interactive book providing insight into the fascinating world of weather and climate through lift-the-flap illustrations.

🌱 E is for Earth by Greg Paprocki – Illustrated book introducing young readers to various aspects of the Earth.

The Sea is Not Made of Water: Life Between the Tides by Adam Nicolson – Explore the rich and diverse ecosystem found between the tides in this captivating read.
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scots Dictionary of Nature by Amanda Thomson – A comprehensive guide to the flora and fauna of Scotland, celebrating the richness of its natural heritage.
📍 The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg – Wisdom of over one hundred experts to equip us all with the knowledge we need to combat climate disaster.

📍 Not the End of the World by Hannah Ritchie – Gain a data-driven understanding of global issues, including climate change, with this illuminating exploration.

📍 Hothouse Earth by Stephanie Sammartino McPhersonDelve into the urgent need for carbon neutrality to mitigate the climate crisis with this insightful examination of the concept of “hothouse Earth.”

📍 99 Maps to Save the Planet: With an Introduction by Chris Packham Take a visual exploration of environmental issues through maps, highlighting key challenges and potential solutions.

📍 Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: How the Natural World is Adapting to Climate Change by Thor HansonExplores the adaptive responses of various species to environmental changes, offering insights into resilience and survival.

📍 How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything by Mike Berners-Lee Examines the carbon footprint of various activities and products, providing insights into the environmental impact of everyday choices.

🌱 The Big Book of Belonging by Yuval Zommer – An exploration of our interconnectedness with nature and each other, encouraging a sense of belonging to the world around us.

🌱 📍 What a Waste by Jess French– Everything young ecologists need to know about what we’re doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.

Behaviour Change

📍Nudge: The Final Edition by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein – Explores the concept of “nudging” as a powerful tool for influencing behavior towards more sustainable choices.
Who Cares Wins: How to Protect the Planet You Love by Lily Cole – Offers practical tips and insights for individuals who want to take action to protect the environment.

📍 The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our PlanetExamine the tactics used by vested interests to delay action on climate change and discover strategies for effective advocacy in this groundbreaking book.

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis – An anthology featuring essays and poems by women leading the charge in the fight against climate change, offering hope and inspiration.

🌱 📍 We Are All Greta: Be Inspired to Save the World by Valentina Giannella – A book that inspires readers to take action and save the world, drawing on the example and influence of climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Don’t Even Think about It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall – Investigates the psychological barriers to addressing climate change and offers strategies for overcoming them.

Personal and Community Resilience

Seven Ways to Build Resilience by Chris Johnstone – Offers practical strategies for building personal and community resilience in the face of environmental challenges.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 📍 Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being by Alastair McIntoshExplore the psychological and spiritual dimensions of the climate crisis with Alastair McIntosh as your guide.

📍 Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In with Unexpected Resilience and Creative Power by Joanna Macy Offers tools for cultivating resilience and optimism in the face of environmental challenges.

🌱 Joey and the Heatwave by Georgia Langmaid and Rosina Lazzaro  Australian children’s book about heat-related health impacts and preparedness. Free digital copies available in English, Dari, Khmer, Punjabi, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Strategies and Plans

🌱 The Most Important Comic Book on Earth: Stories to Save the World – A collection of stories in comic book format aimed at raising awareness and inspiring action on environmental issues.

📍 Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Roll Back Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken Presents a wide range of solutions to combat climate change, focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

📍 Ravenous: How to Get Ourselves and Our Planet into Shape by Henry Dimbleby and Jemima Lewis Explore the interconnectedness of human and planetary health in this enlightening book.

📍 Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency Proposes a comprehensive plan to achieve zero carbon emissions in Britain, offering practical solutions to address the climate emergency.

📍 Our Fragile Moment: How Lessons from Earth’s Past Can Help Us Survive the Climate Crisis by Michael Mann – Draws lessons from Earth’s history to inform strategies for addressing the current climate crisis.
Zero Waste Living, The 80/20 Way: The Busy Person’s Guide To A Lighter Footprint by Stephanie J Miller – Provides practical advice for adopting a zero-waste lifestyle, focusing on achievable steps for busy individuals.
How To Save Our Planet: The Facts by Mark Maslin – Presents scientific evidence on climate change and offers practical solutions for mitigating its impact.
Climate Change and the Road to Net-Zero by Mathew Hampshire-Waugh – Explores the transition to a net-zero carbon economy, analyzing the challenges and opportunities ahead.
⭐ 📍 The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac – Presents two possible futures based on our actions today, urging readers to make choices that will lead to a sustainable future.
📍 Happy Planet Living: Simple Ways to Live a Climate Positive Lifestyle and Make a Big Difference by Mia Swainson – Provides practical tips for living a more sustainable lifestyle and reducing carbon emissions.

Intersectionality and Environmental Thought

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 📍 Soil and Soul: People Versus Corporate Power by Alastair McIntosh Delve into the intersection of environmentalism, spirituality, and social justice in this thought-provoking book.

The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World by David Abram – A philosophical exploration of our sensory connection to the natural world and how language shapes our perception.
The Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling, and Skill by Tim Ingold – Essays that challenge conventional views on the environment, emphasizing the interconnectedness of humans and nature.
Steps to an Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson – A collection of essays exploring cybernetics, anthropology, and ecology, offering insights into the complex systems of the natural world.
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 📍 Antlers of Water: Writing on Nature and Environment in Scotland – A collection of writings that reflect on Scotland’s landscape and its significance in literature and environmentalism.
The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler – A collection of speculative fiction stories exploring humanity’s relationship with the environment and the consequences of our actions.

⭐ 📍 Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer – This profound work intertwines indigenous wisdom with scientific understanding, fostering a deeper relationship with nature.

Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through Other Patterns by Nora Bateson – A reflective exploration of systems thinking and its application to understanding complex issues in society and the environment.
Combining by Nora Bateson – Bateson continues her exploration of systems thinking, offering insights into the interconnectedness of various aspects of life.
📍 Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert Examines humanity’s efforts to control nature and the unintended consequences of our interventions.