Ecology & the Environment
For more information about the Environment 

visit Hippyland's Mother Earth Page
Click on the book cover or name to 

get more info or buy the book!
If you would like to recommend a book to add to our list,
please e-mail us the title and author and a one paragraph review to

Please visit our sponsors.

The Ages of Gaia : A Biography of Our Living Earth by J. E. Lovelock. The story of the Earth as an organism. This book details the planet's evolution over a billion years, emphasizing how life forms are interdependent. It also covers man's abuse of his host planet.
Small Is Beautiful : Economics As If People Mattered : 25 Years Later...With Commentaries by E. F. Schumacher.  A wise look at alternative economic theory that puts people ahead of profits.
  A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold.  Leopold is a famous naturalist who helped found the Wilderness Society and worked for the Forest Service. This book is one the most famous works on Ecology.  His view is that the 'balance of nature' must be preserved and as much land as possible should be set aside to allow species to continue to thrive. 
Diet for a Small Planet - Frances Moore Lappe. You are not only what you eat, but you affect our planet by your food choices.  We can indeed change the world just by changing our diet. Learn all the reasons to become a vegetarian, and in doing so you live healthier and so does the planet.
Silent Spring - Rachel Carson.  This book did much to raise awareness about how we are poisoning our planet and ourselves, almost 40 years ago.  The message is clear, as she presents the facts that will make you think and act to save our ecosystems.
The Biosphere by V. I. Vernadskii, David B. Langmuir (translator).  This classic work from 1927 by Russian scientist Vernadskii founded the Gaian theory.  Recently translated into English, it views life as the evolutionary force on the planet.
The McDonaldization of Society:  An Investigation into the Changing Character of Contemporary Social Life by George Ritzer. An excellent sociological analysis of how modern society is sacrificing quality and diversity for convenience and standardization.