In today’s day and age we are so lucky to have knowledge at our fingertips. This makes it incredibly easy to learn about sustainability in whichever way you learn best, whether that is through listening to podcasts, watching documentaries, reading books or informative articles.
That being said, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. To help you dive deeper into the complex topic of sustainability we have compiled a list of some of our favorite resources.
Top Podcasts About Sustainability:
A Sustainable Mind (Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify)
Created by Majorie Alexander as part of her master’s thesis, A Sustainable Mind is now a popular and much loved podcast. It includes weekly interviews with the people involved in some of the most ecologically impactful businesses, organizations, and campaigns. We love this podcast because of the range of topics it discusses such as sustainable fashion, microplastics and bamboo, eco-friendly event planning, and the democratization of energy.
If you enjoy learning about issues from diverse perspectives, this is the podcast for you.
Sustainability Defined (Available on iTunes, Android, Spotify)
We love this podcast because it defines sustainability one concept at a time. Each concept falls into one of seven sectors - energy, cities, natural environment, transportation, business, policy and social. This podcast is a great starting point to learn about various topics relating to sustainability.
Brown Girl Green (Available on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud)
This podcast was created by Kristy Drutman and discusses the intersections of diversity, media and environmentalism. Tune in if you’d like to hear from leaders and advocates in areas such as inclusivity in sustainability, climate solutions, racial equity in relation to environmentalism, and how to invest in the planet through environmentally conscious spending.
The Minimalists (Available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud)
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus created the podcast The Minimalists in order to talk about a range of topics relating to living a minimal life. From minimalism in your home, to self-care, to the workplace, this podcast is not limited to one facet of life but discusses minimalism holistically. We love their honest and compelling approach.
Top Documentaries about Sustainability:
The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet
This documentary is led by Prince William and is a 5-part series that gives us “reasons to hope for a brighter future on Planet Earth”. The documentary features well-known figures and advocates for the planet such as Sir David Attenborough, Shakira Mebarak and Dani Alves. We love this documentary because it looks beyond the problems relating to climate change and discusses solutions that will contribute to a more sustainable world for all.
Down to Earth with Zac Efron
In this Netflix docuseries Zac Efron takes us through his wellness and sustainability journey. Efron visits exotic destinations such as Costa Rica and learns about environmental efforts and wellbeing across a variety of cultures. This docuseries is great for learning about sustainability through the lens of different cultures and experiences.
Minimalism: A Documentary about Important Things
If you ever find yourself getting caught up in consumerism, this is the documentary for you. It explores living with less and how that is beneficial for both us and the planet. We love this documentary because it opens your eyes to living a more conscious, and minimalist, life.
Before The Flood
In this documentary Leonardo DiCaprio discusses the cataclysmic effects of climate change following a 3-year journey across the world. The documentary includes insights from scientists and even former U.S. President Barack Obama on sustainability and climate change.
Top Books about Sustainability:
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things by William McDonough & Michale Braungart
This book takes the same approach that we take as a company – building products to last. Its authors challenge the typical “cradle to grave” approach of manufacturing and propose the “cradle to cradle” method where products are created in a way that even after their useful life they are able to give life to something new.
Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson
This book brings light to the deep intersections between sustainability and human rights. Robinson’s book features stories from people across the globe who have faced both environmental and human rights injustices and have done something in response. We love this book because it offers global perspectives on these important issues and helps us to understand the problems facing us on a much deeper level.
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman
This book argues that there is no force more powerful than us, humans. It takes us through a discussion of the natural world and presents our place in it. This interesting book is at the top of our reading list.
How Bad Are Bananas? - The Carbon Footprint of Everything (2020 Update) by Mike Berners-Lee
The first edition of this book was published in 2009 and in 2020 they updated it to quantify carbon footprints in our newly expanded technological world. In this book you can read about the carbon footprint generated by technology such as a Zoom call or the Cloud. If you’re fascinated by the numbers behind everything we do and consume, this is the book for you.
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