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Reading Lists

Environmental Classics

  • Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness.
  • Abbey, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang.
  • Adams, Ansel and Nancy Newhall. This is the American Earth.
  • Berry, Thomas. The Dream of the Earth.
  • Berry, Wendell. Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture.
  • Brower, David. For Earth's Sake.
  • Brower, David. Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call to Those Who Would Save the Earth.
  • Brower, David. Work in Progress.
  • Brower, David. Not Man Apart: Lines from Robinson Jeffers, Photos of the Big Sur Coast by Ansel Adams [and others].
  • Brown, Lester & Worldwatch Institute Staff. State of the World.
  • Burroughs, John. Accepting the Universe: Essays in Naturalism.
  • Cahn, Robert. Footprints on the Planet: A Search for an Environmental Ethic.
  • Calvin, William. The River that Flows Uphill: A Journey from the Big Bang to the Big Brain.
  • Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring.
  • Carson, Rachel. The Edge of the Sea.
  • Carson, Rachel. The Sea Around Us.
  • Commoner, Barry. The Closing Circle: Nature, Man and Technology.
  • Dasmann, R.F. Environmental Conservation.
  • Duvall, Bill. Deep Ecology.
  • Eisley, Loren. The Immense Journey.
  • Ehrlich, Anne, Ehrlich, Paul & Holdren, John. Ecoscience: Population, Resources, and Environment.
  • Ehrlich, Paul. The Population Bomb.
  • Fox, Steven. John Muir and His Legacy (The American Conservation Movement).
  • Friends of the Earth. Progress as if Survival Mattered.
  • Gilliam, Harold. Island in Time: The Point Reyes Peninsula.
  • Lappe, Frances Moore. Diet for a Small Planet.
  • Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac.
  • Lovins, Amory. Soft Energy Paths.
  • Luten, David C. Progress Against Growth.
  • Marsh, George Perkins. Man and Nature.
  • McPhee, John. Encounters with the Archdruid.
  • Muir, John. A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf.
  • Muir, John. John Muir's Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa.
  • Muir, John. Mountains of California.
  • Muir, John. My First Summer in the Sierra.
  • Muir, John. The Mountains Of California.
  • Muir, John. The Yosemite.
  • Muir, John. Travels in Alaska.
  • Nash, Roderick. Wilderness and the American Mind.
  • Pinchot, Gifford. Breaking New Ground.
  • Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water.
  • Sax, Joseph. Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections on the National Parks.
  • Schell, Jonathan. The Fate of the Earth.
  • Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.
  • Seuss, Dr. The Lorax.
  • Stegner, Wallace. Beyond the Hundredth Meridian.
  • Stegner, Wallace. The American West as Living Space.
  • Stegner, Wallace. Where the Bluebird Sings.
  • Stegner, Wallace. Wolf Willow.
  • Thompson, Lewis. The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.
  • Thoreau, Henry David. Walden.
  • Udall, Stewart. The Quiet Crisis.
  • Wayburn, Peggy. Edge of Life.
  • Wilson, Edward O. The Diversity of Life.
  • World Commission on Environment and Development. Our Common Future.

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