Recommended books to inspire a Christian response to care of creation, climate change and sustainable Living.

Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable LivingChristianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living
by Nick Spenser and Robert White
Publisher: SPCK (UK) 2007
“Spencer and White analyse the scientific, sociological, economic and theological thinking that makes a Christian response to these trends both imperative and distinctive. Their practical conclusions explore what can be done at the personal, community, national and international levels to make sustainable living a reality.”


A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global WarmingA Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming
by Michael Northcott
Publisher: Darton, Longman & Todd 2007
“In this groundbreaking book Michael Northcott examines theological attitudes to climate change, from the complacent to the apocalyptic, and the ethical implications for all Christians.”


Serve God Save the PlanetServe God Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action
by J. Matthew Sleeth, MD
Publisher: Zondervan 2006, 2007
“Turning to Jesus for guidance, Sleeth discovered how the scriptural lessons of personal responsibility, simplicity, and stewardship could be applied to modern life … Sleeth lays out the rationale for environmentally responsible life changes and a how-to guide for making those changes.” See also DVD film series with study guide.


Surprised by HopeSurprised by Hope
by Tom Wright
Publisher: SPCK (UK) 2007, Reissue 2011
“Tom Wright, one of our leading theologians … outlines the present confusion about future hope in both church and world. Then, having explained why Christians believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus himself, he explores the biblical hope for ‘new heavens and new earth’ “.


The Biblical Mandate for Caring for CreationThe Biblical Mandate for Caring for Creation
by Dick Tripp
Publisher: Avery Bartlett Books, Aotearoa New Zealand 2012
“Essentially in three sections – world environmental problems, how creation links to God and what the Church can do about it.” Excerpt from review by Dr Susan Maiava.


Reinventing ParadiseReinventing Paradise
by Rod Oram
Publisher: Penguin Books (NZ) 2007 available at Fishpond
“… about how NZ has fared so far in the global market, the unique challenges that lie ahead for us (global warming, political instability, oil shocks etc.) and the opportunities to earn a bigger, better, more sustainable living out of the world economy…”


small grey square100x80Turnaround Time: Climate Change and Peak Oil for New Zealanders
by Sean Millar and Adrienne Puckey
Publisher: Sean Millar, 2008 Available at some public libraries and pdf version online.
With a theological introduction by Dr Nicola Hoggard Creegan to some printed editions.


Psychology for a Better WorldPsychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability
by Niki Harré
Publisher: Niki Harré, 2011 Available as a free download online.
“Her book applies the latest psychological research to understand the dilemmas sustainability advocates and activists face and gives sound advice on how to grasp opportunities for change.”


Deep Economy: Economics as if the World MatteredDeep Economy: Economics as if the World Mattered
by Bill McKibben
Publisher: for this and other books go to Bill McKibben’s website.
“The best selling author of The End of Nature issues an impassioned call to arms for an economy that creates community and ennobles our lives.”


Heat: How We Can Stop the World BurningHeat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning
by George Monbiot
Publisher: for this and other books go to George Monbiot’s website.
“We know that the climate change is happening … can it be stopped? In Heat, George Monbiot shows that it can.”