How to be More Eco-Friendly in Your Studies

Freya Hugheson 2 March 2020

In this day and age, being environmentally conscious is a must.

There’s a lot to be worried about. 

And every one of us needs to do our bit to stop things getting worse.

But before you rally the troops and grab your most eco-friendly placard, get familiar with these groundbreaking reads. 

They'll show you the way to adopting a more eco-friendly lifestyle. By making some small changes, you can have a big impact.

And if you’re thinking the world isn’t going to benefit from books being printed, read them online with Perlego

It’s like having a whole library at your disposal - without the deforestation, library fines or back-breaking weight of carrying books around. 

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

Our near-obsessive consumerism is harming the planet. There’s no denying it.

And while a limited student budget doesn’t always lend itself to a more eco-friendly lifestyle, there’s plenty we can all be doing to improve.

Author and climate scientist Peter Kalmus knows this more than most; he decided to make some changes to his lifestyle, documenting them in his book Being the Change.

From cycling, meditating and growing food to making other simple, fulfilling changes - he’s living the dream. He’s being the change. And you can too.

In a nutshell: ‘living without fossil fuels is not only possible, it can be better.’

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Shopping for Change: Consumer Activism and the Possibilities of Purchasing Power

Our spending habits are having a huge knock-on effect on our world: lining the pockets of a small elite, causing huge waste and diminishing resources. 

This book will show you how to spend strategically and avoid funding non-green practices. It also explores the power of boycotting movements in solidarity with migrant workers.

In a nutshell: put your money where your mouth is. 

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End Game: Tipping Point for Planet Earth?

This book isn’t afraid to ask difficult questions. Namely, will the struggle to simply stay alive become humanity’s future rather than its past?

It’s a scary thought. 

But getting ahead of it could give us a good chance of avoiding the impending danger. In this gripping read, world-renowned scientists Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly explore the current state of the planet and our society, before suggesting what might be around the corner.

At what point, they ask, will inaction destroy the intricate workings of our global society?

In a nutshell: ‘the planet is in danger now, but the solutions, as Barnosky and Hadly show, are still available.’

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Eco-Sonic Media

Our media culture has been the cause of some real tragedies over the years. 

But it's the environmental impact from sound media that piqued Jacob Smith’s interest the most. This curiosity prompted him to write Eco-Sonic Media, in which he explores hidden problems. 

Things like the fuel required to keep huge server farms in operation, landfills filling up with high-tech junk, and the use of rare minerals in devices that rely on them.

In a nutshell: explore an ecologically aware history of sound media.

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Read up and stand up for our environment. Now is the time to make a difference. For more eco-friendly reads, check out the Perlego website.

Freya Hugheson 2 March 2020