7 Books About Sustainable Development That Everyone Needs To Read

7 Books About Sustainable Development That Everyone Needs To Read

By: Meagan Cahuasqui -

The United Nations (UN) is currently promoting its sustainable development goals (SDG) to help make the world a better place. Ranging from health and well-being to education and the elimination of poverty and hunger, the SDGs cover a lot of ground.

You can check out the UN’s own SDG Book Club list to get started in learning more about the organization’s mission. Check out the following list for extra reads to get in on the SDG promotion.

Goals 1 & 11: No Poverty and Sustainable Cities & Communities

Get detailed accounts of how families in America struggle through poverty in Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. See how the rising economic issues in the country affect living conditions in the poorest communities.

Goals 2 & 3: Zero Hunger and Good Health & Well-Being

For a commentary on how the epidemic of hunger affects Americans’ daily lives, check out All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? by Joel Berg. Berg’s book includes a look at how the food industry makes less healthy choices the most viable options for lower-income individuals.


Goals 5 & 10: Gender Equality and Reduced Inequalities

A mix of prose and poetry, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria E. Anzaldúa provides a philosophical view of living across various identities at once. This collection covers themes of feminism, immigration and Latinx identity, and being a queer woman.

Goal 4: Quality Education

Take a look at a first-hand account of the importance of education for children all around the world with I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. This memoir showcases how girls’ and women’s education is an absolute necessity to ensure the future of our world.


Goals 6 & 7: Clean Water & Sanitation and Affordable & Clean Energy

For a look at how water and energy are interconnected, check out Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival by Michael E. Webber. This book gives you a way to think about how the interdependence of these resources can be treated in a way that promotes sustainability.

Goals 13 & 15: Climate Action and Life on Land

There are countless resources out there that detail how climate change combined with humans’ continual degradation of the land contribute to dwindling resources and sustainability. Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future by Douglas Farr offers tools and a guide to regaining sustainability.


Goals 8 & 9: Decent Work & Economic Growth and Industry, Innovation, & Infrastructure

The development of technology goes hand in hand with the growth of industry and in turn, the economy. Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream by Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson details how America once led such development and how it could do so again.

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