Resources

During my ongoing journey of becoming more environmentally sustainable I am stumbling over many great resources that inspire me – books, videos, people, places etc. Here I am building a library for everyone to use and browse and find links that can help you or others live a more earth friendly life.

Please note I am very independent and only put recommendations on this blog if I personally believe in their benefit. I don’t do kick backs or anything like that – your trust and confidence in me is worth more than any monetary benefit could deliver. There’s more to life than money.

 

NEW Recommendations:

  • “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult. An interesting novel about a teenage girl searching for her lost mother. What is this doing on Outback Greenie, you may wonder? Apart from being a good read with an “aha-moment” twist in the end, the lost mother is a researcher exploring the cognitive abilities of elephants so the reader gets an insight into elephant behaviours, grieving processes and family structures. There is so much more about elephants than many people (including me) know. A beautiful book. Here’s a interview with the author on National Geographic: https://youtu.be/m9zVaDy6faQ
  • “Tomorrow” – what a documentary! Love it. Love it. Love it. Sometimes the amount of doom and gloom about climate change, dwindling resources, displaced people and poverty can make us feel hopeless but this film shows what can be done and what is being done by so many engaged and motivated people. Here’s the trailer:

  • Precious Plastics. I stumbled across this fantastic initiative the other day – it’s a blueprint for small, simple, local plastic recycling stations. How to collect, sort, crush and melt plastics to mold into new products that you can then sell locally. What an innovative solution to the mounting problem of plastic waste on this planet. And the generosity of giving all that information on “how to” away for free is remarkable. Thank you, Dave Hakkens! Intrigued? Watch a quick intro here: https://youtu.be/2KlW_WmV3Bw
  • Ecosia Search Engine. Have you heard of Ecosia? It’s a search engine that plants trees for searches done. Looking at the counter now (19th November 2017) they have planted over 16 million trees. That’s a lot! Here’s some more info on them and how and why they do it. The search engine is powered by Bing (I know.. but don’t abandon the idea just yet!) and I was dubious at first, being a happy Google user normally, but it’s been doing well enough for most of my searches. Every now and again, when I’m not entirely sure how to phrase what I’m looking for I revert back to Google and its clever suggestions but 90% of the time Ecosia is doing well, and I, through my 241 searches so far, have contributed to 5 trees having been planted. Yay! Give it a go! Oh and did I mention that the company is from Germany? How not-surprising 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Books:

  • “The Reef” by Di Morrissey. Australian Fiction (which I love as it always transports me to beautiful parts of this beautiful country that I haven’t yet been to myself). It’s about a girl from the country who studies environmental science and moves to a small island in the Great Barrier Reef with her husband who manages the resort there. It is a very interesting read about nature and how we humans interact with it and often ‘use’ it for our purposes, in this case tourism, and the different approaches we have to go about it. Beautifully written and a good, capturing story.
  • Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood (2003) – a thought provoking fiction book about humanity going down a futuristic but not all unlikely path. It’s weird, it’s interesting, it makes you ponder our relationship with this planet and other species. Here is a review of the book.
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (1996) – a personal account of the 1996 Mt Everest Disaster. This doesn’t really have anything to do with environmentally friendly living but I found the book very interesting and thrilling (if you’re allowed to use that word to describe an event where actual real people died). We may think we’re invincible and that we can do anything with our modern tools and technologies but ultimately nature is more powerful than us. A very eye-opening book.

Videos:

To be filled as I go along 🙂

Places:

  • Fair Harvest Permaculture – if you want to see permaculture and sustainable living in action, check out this farm just outside of Margaret River in WA’s beautiful South West. Jo and Do will sure inspire you and show you the possibilities.

People:

To be filled as I go along 🙂

Websites:

To be filled as I go along 🙂

 

 

Would you like to make recommendations? Any great books you’ve read lately? Thought provoking film you’ve watched? I’m keen to hear about all the good things out there. Just drop me a line below.