Add these books to your summer reading list

Looking for a good book to bring on your summer vacation? Here are five recommended reads from Conservation International (CI) staff about sustainability and/or nature.


The Battle To Do Good: Inside McDonald’s sustainability journey

Former McDonald’s executive Bob Langert provides an inside look at the company’s sustainability journey. According to Langert this “evolved from playing defense to strategically solving issues with unlikely partners, including a whirling dervish, autistic animal scientist, and avid environmentalists from the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International.”

CI has actively engaged the private sector for over 30 years and remains committed to helping companies become better stewards of the environment.


Throwaway Nation: The ugly truth about American garbage

The shear amount of waste people generate is making news almost daily. In this book, author Jeff Dondero “takes a look at the pileup of waste in the US, including the problem of plastic, the industry of overmedication, e-waste products, everyday garbage, fast fashion trash, space waste” and more, all of which have led to the US being the most wasteful nation on the planet.

In partnership with South Pole, CI is providing expert advice and support to the 3R Initiative (Reduce, Recover and Recycle), which is bringing together companies to advance efforts to tackle waste.


Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The slow loss of foods we love

The diversity of our food supply is declining, with 95 of the world’s food now coming from only 30 species. In this book, Simran Sethi “reveals how the foods we enjoy are endangered by genetic erosion — a slow and steady loss of diversity in what we grow and eat.” In it, she tells the story of what foods we’re losing, why we are losing them, and how we can save the foods we love.

At CI, we are working to find solutions to end unsustainable agricultural practices and overfishing — and to promote more responsible activities.  


The Hidden Life of Trees: What they feel, how they communicate – Discoveries from a secret world

People need trees: tropical forests alone account for at least 30 percent of the global mitigation action needed to halt climate change. According to author Peter Wohlleben, “a happy forest is a healthy forest.” In this book, he shares his deep love of woods and forests and provides a look at the “science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities.”

CI strives to protect tropical forests around the world, working directly with the communities who live in, and depend on, these forests.


Don’t have enough free time to read a full book? Check out this article about Anthony Bourdain and climate change.


This op-ed reflects on chef and foodie Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Antarctica to learn about efforts to collect and analyze climate change data.

“The beginning of the 20th century, when scientists and explorers were national heroes, there was a hunger for knowledge and discovery.” Mr. Bourdain remarked in the article. “Not a good climate for facts, though, we live in today. It’s a world that is increasingly hostile to basically everything you’re all about.”

With less than a decade left to avert climate catastrophe, bringing additional attention to climate research is critical.