2021’s Sustainable Book Club Reads in Review!

2021’s Sustainable Book Club Reads in Review!

This article is part of our "Round Ups" series, where we share things that inspire us, guide us, or are just really cool. Today, a brief discussion of where we're at, plus our newest Sustainable Book Club contender.

We kicked off our book club tradition when we launched in October 2021, which means we’ve been doing our sustainable book club (one book a month!) for 15 months straight. Whew! It’s a LOT of reading, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t fall behind some months. (Looking at you, November and October.)

But we also learned SO much, and you don’t have to read 15 books on climate to get there-- there’s something for everyone in this book line-up, and you’re making gains whether you pick up one new book or three. 

Looking for a plane read, a cozy time at home read, or a book to gift? You’re in the right place! Scroll for our 2021 sustainable book round up and some reflections from our reader in chief (aka founder and CEO), Azora Zoe. 

The Criteria

First and foremost, our parameters: there are lots of good books about climate and sustainability, but we try to focus on ones that are in step with what we do here at Goldune. (Think: no shaming, gatekeeping, or fear-mongering. Yes to optimism, kindness, curiosity, warmth, and centering BIPOC, non binary and female identifying perspectives.) This year we struck a pretty good balance between making sure the books we were reading were realistic (tough but fair vibes) but not doom-mongering. We also did a decent job with sourcing books by underrepresented authors, though next year we’d like to pull in more indigeneous writers than we did this year. 

Azora Zoe’s Highlights


Since I generally pick the book club books, selfishly it also acts as my “to-read” list. (Though I’d be totally lying if I told you I could both run a company full time and read a gajillion books and to everything else on my list-- don’t be fooled! I had a head start on a lot of these books!) That also means that I usually like what I read, since I got to pick it!

There are still some faves that stand out as a cut above the rest, or books I keep coming back to, recommending, gifting or re-reading-- here’s my shortlist.

By Month

January: Climate Justice by Mary Robinson

February: All We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K Wilkinson

March: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

April: Inconspicuous Consumption by Tatiana Schlossberg

May: The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

June: Dedicated: The Case For Commitment In An Age of Infinite Browsing by Pete Davis

July: Under A White Sky: The Future of Nature by Elizabeth Kolbert

August: How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos by David Pogue

September: The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What’s Possible in the Age of Warming by Eric Holthaus

November: Old Enough to Save the Planet by Loll Kirby

December: Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism by Aja Barber

Have a read that you think we should definitely feature in our 2022 book club? Our ears are open! Shoot us a note at hi@goldune.com.

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