Here is a very brief selection of books, essays, journalism, and organizations we find inspiring.

All are available in the Massart Library, unless otherwise noted.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2013.

Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016

Nature: Collaborations in Design / Cooper Heweitt Design Triennial, New York: Cooper Hewitt, 2019

Critical Landscape: Art, Space, Politics, eds. Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten Swenson, Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2015

Mark A. Cheetham, Landscape into eco art: articulations of nature since the ‘60s, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018

Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

T.J. Demos, Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016.

Eco-visionaries: Art, Architecture, and New Media, ed. Pedro Gadanho, Berlin: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2018.

Ecologies, Agents, Terrains, ed. Christopher P. Heuer and Rebecca Zorach, Williamstown, MA: Clark Art Institute, 2018

Eric Benson and Yvette Perullo, Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice, Boca Raton: CYC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.

Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies, ed. Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, Open Humanities Press, 2014.
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David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, Tim Duggan Books, 2019.

Coming soon


The Guardian
A British newspaper which has made a special commitment to reporting on the climate crisis, in wide-ranging articles and essays. They do not put their content behind a paywall.

Emergence Magazine: Ecology, Culture and Spirituality
It has always been a radical act to share stories during dark times. They are a regenerative space of creation and renewal. As we experience the desecration of our lands and waters, the extinguishing of species, and a loss of sacred connection to the earth, we look to emerging stories. In them we find the timeless connections between ecology, culture, and spirituality.

Orion Magazine: Nature, Culture & Place
Orion magazine invites readers into a community of caring for the planet. Through writing and art that explore the connection between nature and culture, Orion inspires new thinking about how humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously.

Yale Climate Connections
Yale Climate Connections is a nonpartisan, multimedia service providing daily broadcast radio programming and original web-based reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change, one of the greatest challenges and stories confronting modern society.

A new, free publication started by the organizers of the Biodesign Challenge, which brings high school and college students together with scientists, artists, and designers to envision, create, and critique new applications in biotechnology.

The Green Daily Newsletter reports on topics covered in Bloomberg Green, a magazine of climate journalism published by Bloomburg, a news service which reports on the business and financial world. Bloomberg Green is available by subscription.

 Atmos, As activists, industries, and everyday people look for ways to save the Earth from climate catastrophe, Sargent, the founder, and Defebaugh, the editor-in-chief, wanted to put the spotlight on the relationship between culture and climate. Through thoughtful stories and striking design, the print publication shows readers how humans not only have the power to destroy the planet, but also to save it.
Named after the Greek root of “atmosphere,” the biannual magazine presents climate change through a personal lens, rather than a scientific one.

Icarus Complex Magazine, Icarus Complex aims not to dwell on the hopelessness of the crisis, but instead bring to the forefront people who are creating the solutions we need to mitigate its fallout. The magazine’s website serves as a web journal as well as a space for community engagement by offering a database of organizations focused on addressing alternative energy, industrial agriculture, migration, ocean acidification, species extinction, and the many other issues of the climate crisis.

Its Freezing in LA, a British magazine that engages with slow journalism to bring readers essays at the intersection of science and activism.  Design and illustration are instrumental in helping the magazine to find a middle ground.


350 is building a future that’s just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis.

Extinction Rebellion
This is an emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis. Our climate is changing faster than scientists predicted and the stakes are high. Biodiversity loss. Crop failure. Social and ecological collapse. Mass extinction. We are running out of time, and our governments have failed to act. Extinction Rebellion was formed to fix this.
We have a moral duty to take action — whatever our politics.

The Sunrise Movement is an American political action organization, particularly for young people, which works to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

Mothers Out Front
We’re unified by the drive to protect all children from the climate crisis that impacts their health today and a livable climate for them tomorrow.

Fridays for the Future
We are fighting for our future and our lives because they are directly threatened by the climate crisis and the ecological breakdown. We are taking action against it because we want to protect the beauty of the earth, the diversity of species and the lives of all beings. Our goal is to overcome the climate crisis and to create a society that lives in harmony with its fellow beings and its environment.