And so we end where we began: encourage others. The challenge I undertook to share covered 31 days, but since I condensed some of the tips, it resulted in fewer days and posts. I hoped to share the tips and tricks in the Earth Hero Zero Waste Challenge by giving examples from my own life; while I’ve done that, I’ve learnt things on the way as well.
The sustainable, eco-friendly journey is a constant one and there’s always something new to learn along the way. It’s also not one that comes to an end (I’m really leaning into the metaphor here!) and it’s also not one-dimensional: there’s so much more to living sustainably and being eco-friendly than zero waste.
For now, I wish to close on this tip (encourage others), by encouraging you to continue reading, researching, and learning. To help you along, I’m leaving a list of books I’ve read and found valuable in learning more about environmental topics that include climate change, extinction, wildlife, and sustainable living.
- 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth by The Earthworks Group
- Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
- Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization by Roy Scranton
- The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin
- Resurrection Science by M. R. O’Connor
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- South Africa’s Guide to Climate Change by Sipho Kings and Sarah Wild
- This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
- The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America by Mark Sundeen
- The MaddAdam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
- Tentacle by Rita Indiana
As I continue reading and learning, I’ll add to the list.
Read more about the Earth Hero Zero Waste Challenge here.