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Issues in Society are publications designed specifically for Australian high school students. You will find helpful, reliable information from a variety of sources.
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Useful books available in the NCC
The Science of Our Changing Planet by
Publication Date: 2021
Understand the science that explains what pressure Earth is under, and how to take action. This book takes a look at just how we've changed the planet and what we can do to soften our impact. Explores how we can live more sustainably, and offers positive ideas on how we can alleviate past and present damage to the Earth. Includes wide-ranging coverage of problems affecting the planet, from global warming to pollution and food shortage; graphics that interpret and visualize the data; positive messages and plans for creating a better world, discussing the rise of clean/green technology.
Fight for Planet A by
Publication Date: 2020
Most Australians accept that climate change is real, but many don't know what to do about it and feel powerless to make a difference. In Fight for Planet A, the book of the ABC series of the same name, Craig Reucassel shows that it isn't as scary as we think, and we can make a difference to help protect the world for future generations. The Chaser comedian and presenter of War on Waste sets out solutions and practical day-to-day changes we can make to reduce our carbon footprint, as well as changes our governments need to make without further delay.
How We're F***ing up Our Planet by
Publication Date: 2018
How We're F***ing Up Our Planet charts the dramatic explosion of human population and consumption. Using the latest scientific evidence and simple graphics, this wide-ranging and accessible book reveals how our growing use of energy, our increasing demand for food and water, and the rapid expansion of our cities are affecting the planet. It examines the threats and pressures facing the natural world, including Earth's climate, oceans, and biodiversity. As well as explaining global patterns and showing how they are connected, Tony Juniper looks into the future to explore the consequences of what we are doing. Importantly, it also looks at how we can reverse the current trends--for example, by adopting clean, low-carbon technologies--and live more sustainably into the future.
More useful books - available in the NCC
47 Things You Can Do for the Environment by
Publication Date: 2012
Sure, we all know the planet is in trouble. We hear talk all the time about climate change, air pollution from cars, oil spills into oceans, trash overflowing into waterways, and toxic chemicals leaking into our groundwater. Sigh. But the good news is there's a lot we can do to start cleaning up the Earth. And it starts with you!
Suzuki's green guide by
Publication Date: 2009
The definitive guide to how we can be greener in the way we live in our homes, the way we travel, the food we eat, and the things we buy. The undisputed planet-sustainability expert, David Suzuki, shows us how we can consume fewer resources and create healthy lifestyles for ourselves and our families.
Outsmart waste : the modern idea of garbage and how to think our way out of it (ebook) by
Publication Date: 2014
Garbage doesn't exist in nature--the output of one organism is the useful input of another. So why does garbage exist in the human system? Why did it only become a problem the past century? And most importantly, how can we eliminate it--outsmart the very idea of garbage? Eco-entrepreneur Tom Szaky says that to outsmart waste first we have to understand it, then change how we create it, and finally rethink what we do with it.
What would Greta do? (ebook)
Publication Date: 2020
From your first steps toward living sustainably all the way to going zero-waste, this book is here to help you find solutions to all your climate conundrums by taking inspiration from a true eco-warrior. If we each approach the climate emergency in the same way as Greta, we can all live a planet-friendly life and enjoy a brighter future.