Book group

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“Green” books you’ve been meaning to read? Or have read and want to discuss with others?

Transition Tavistock Sustainability Book Group

A chance to reflect on books by some of the inspirational writers with ideas on how to live sustainably and respond well to the climate and nature crises. We meet online, through Zoom. No cost, but registration in advance, via Eventbrite, needed for each meeting to get the joining details.

Cradle to Cradle

by M Braungart and W McDonough

Visionary book by a chemist and and architect. “Why not challenge the belief that human industry must damage the natural world? In fact, why not take nature itself as our model for making things?”

Drawing on experience in redesigning everything from carpeting to campuses, they explain how products can be designed from the outset so that, after their useful lives, they will provide nourishment for something new – a ‘cradle to cradle’ model.

BookStop offer a 10% discount if you let them know you are buying it in association with this book group.

Future titles and dates are chosen by those taking part and announced in Transition Tavistock’s monthly newsletter.

We encourage consideration of ethics and sustainability when buying books, as with all purchases. You can also borrow print or e-book copies via Devon Libraries.

A 10% discount on the selected book will usually be available from BookStop, 3 Market St, Tavistock. (Check in meeting details.)

Logo of Book Stop. Cartoon owl.

Books we’ve recently read:

Sitopia by Carolyn Steel (2020)

Food as a powerful medium for connected thinking about the dilemmas we face today.

The Lost Rainforests of Britain by Guy Shrubsole (2023)

A mesmerising chronicle of forgotten temperate rainforests, inspiring intervention to help restore them to the places they once were.

Another Now by Yanis Varoufakis (2021)

A provocative thought-experiment – dispatches from an alternative present.

Wild Fell by Lee Schofield (2023)

A personal story of a Cumbrian ecosystem in recovery, by an RSPB site manager.

The Value of a Whale by Adrienne Buller (2022)

Maps and criticizes the logics that characterize green capitalism and block a real solution to the climate crisis.

The Children of the Anthropocene by Bella Lack (2022)

Voices of “young people on the frontlines of the environmental crisis around the world”.

And before that:

The Day the World Stops Shopping by J.B. McKinnon (2021); From What Is to What If by Rob Hopkins (2020); Rebirding by Benedict Macdonald (2020); Less is More by Jason Hickel (2021); The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac (2021); The Green Grocer by Richard Walker (2021); English Pastoral: an inheritance by James Rebanks (2020); and Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth (2017)