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Books to help us figure out what the hell is happening in the world...

Books to help us figure out what the hell is happening in the world...

She's some woman for one woman in fairness to her. Or, in the words of Barack Obama "Mary Robinson has illuminated a better future for our world". In this, her second book, the former president of Ireland addresses Climate Justice, one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time. Robinson has spent the last 10 years meeting the people most affected by climate change, who funnily enough are from communities that are the least responsible for the pollution warming our planet. It's a powerful and deeply humane read, with a focus on hope, resilience, and the fight for a sustainable future.

We all know that something needs to be done about climate change, but most of us are at a loss as to what exactly that is. I mean, I’ve got a canvas shopping bag AND a reusable water bottle, what more can I do? Thankfully, the folks at Extinction Rebellion have put together this handbook to inspire exactly the kind of change the world needs. Put together in just 10 days (this is an emergency, people) this well laid out book features real, practical advice on how exactly we’re going to turn things around. With contributions from experts in science, activism and even sewing, this book couldn’t contain more practical and inspiring advice for environmentalists of all shapes and sizes. This isn’t just another book explaining the science behind climate change, or detailing the right way to recycle; this is a call to arms. Without sounding too panicked, we seriously all need to read this.

Sustainability is such a simple principle - living considerately and respectfully of our earth and all living beings. Yet in real life it affects every choice we make, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, how we travel, the energy we use and, absolutely everything we buy. It can feel a bit overwhelming, but whether you are already familiar with the ins and outs of a sustainable lifestyle or want to make a start, you have to read this book! Sustainable fashion and lifestyle expert Marieke Eyskoot makes green and ethical living fun and doable. This is a Good Guide is filled with practical and positive tips regarding fashion, beauty, food, home, work and leisure, and shows that stylish and sustainable go very well together. Marieke tells us about beautiful brands, gives inspiring insights, surprising facts and useful solutions, and the book is beautifully designed with lovely colour photography throughout.

For those who want to learn about climate change from the top, this pocket-sized introduction is concise and clear, while still covering all of the relevant science and history behind the thing that's threatening all of our lives. From what caused it, to how we can stop it, A Very Short Introduction is everything you need to know about climate change in the perfect little package.

“My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And I speak on behalf of future generations” the teenage Nobel peace prize nominee told MPs in the UK recently. Greta Thunberg began the worldwide school strike for the environment in 2018. No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference is a collection of 11 of Greta's speeches, the first of which she gave three weeks after the strike in August 2018 and the latest in the UK parliament in May 2019. The book takes its title from a speech Thunberg made at the COP24 UN climate talks. Penguin, the publishers, described her as “the voice of a generation facing the full force of climate catastrophe… quiet, angry and unafraid, speaking truth to power.” This is an amazing book for inspiring young people, and for anyone with an interest in how Greta managed to start a revolution through her words and actions.  


Here at Designist we pride ourselves in carrying a highly curated range of books that look at Irish culture, design, politics and topical issues. You can check out the full collection (which is updated regularly) here.

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