If you want to learn more about sustainability, I really suggest getting your paws on the following books. All these are designed for a lay audience, and The Story of Stuff and Enough is Enough are particularly easy to read. If you’d like recommendations of academic books on this subject I can suggest lots of those too.
The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard.
A good introduction to the so called “take-make-waste” model of production and consumption of “stuff” in the global economy. Makes you see the economy and consumer goods in a whole new light. It gives a lot more detail than the cutesy video it’s named after.
Prosperity Without Growth by Tim Jackson.
An exploration of whether economic growth is still desirable, sustainable and necessary in the developed world. (Spoiler: it isn’t). Impeccable logic and zero preaching.
Enough is Enough by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill.
Some big ideas for how we could potentially create a post-growth economy that aims to maximise sustainable and equitable human wellbeing, rather than GDP. Lots of great policy suggestions.
The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
The culmination of years of ground-breaking research. This is the intellectual backing to the common-sense idea that equal societies are happier, healthier and more productive and gross inequality is divisive and causes all kinds of nasty social problems.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein.
This is the best book on climate change I have ever read. It explains how because we have wasted decades faffing around at fruitless UN meetings, addressing climate change now requires massive and fast changes that completely contradict free market capitalism.
Why not read my review to whet your appetite?