Essential Books

The following titles are core reading for a good background understanding of climate change, regenerative design, urban planning, biology and whole-system economics.

We have also included a number of related titles that will provide the reader with a good understanding of related discussions in biology, ecology and design. The Titles below have been linked to the author's website/blo, the publishers website, or, where one of these is not possible, to a Wikipedia listing for the author.


Climate Change

  1. Climate Wars; by Gwynne Dyer

  2. Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning; by George Monbiot

  3. Hot Air: Meeting Canada's Climate Change Challenge; by Jeffrey Simpson , Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers

  4. The End of Nature; by Bill McKibben

  5. The Revenge of Gaia; by James Lovelock

  6. The Vanishing Face of Gaia - A Final Warning; by James Lovelock

  7. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet; by Mark Lynas 



  1. Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth; by James Lovelock

  2. The Future of Life; by Edward O. Wilson

  3. The New Green History of the World; by Clive Ponting


Social, ECONOMIC, technological, and Political Change

  1. A Synopsis: Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update; by Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows

  2. 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years; by Jorgen Randers

  3. What's the Economcy For Anyway; by John De Graaf and David K. Batker

  4. Ecological Economics, Second Edition: Principles and Applications; by Herman E. Daly

  5. The Future: The Six Drivers of Global Changes; by Al Gore

  6. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equity Makes Societies Stronger; by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

  7. The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change; by Al Gore

  8. Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth?; by Alan Weisman


Sustainable and regenerative Design

  1. Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century; Edited by Alex Steffen

  2. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature; by Janine M. Benyus

  3. Cradle to Cradle; by William McDonough

  4. Upcycle; by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

  5. The Solar Economy - Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future; by Herman Scheer


Resilience and Resilient Planning

  1. Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change; A 21st Century Survival Guide; by Sue Roaf, David Crichton, and Fergus Nicol 

  2. Resilience thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World; by Brian Walker and David Salt

  3. The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster; by Lawrence J. Vale and Thomas J. Campanella

  4. Climate Resilient Cities: A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Disasters; by Neeraj Prasad, Federica Ranghieri, and Fatima Shah


Urban Design and Planning

  1. On Streets; edited by Stanford Anderson

  2. The Economy of Cities; by Jane Jacobs

  3. Welcome To The Urban Revolution - How Cities Are Changing The World; by Jeb Brugmann

  4. Arrival City - The Final Migration and Our Next World; by Doug Saunders

  5. Triumph of the City; by Edward Glaeser

  6. Where Good Ideas Come From - The Natural History of Innovation; by Steven Johnson

  7. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design; by Charles Montgomery