It’s easy to let sustainable choices slide, when the needs of our planet seem to be overwhelmed by short-sighted policymaking and corporate greed. But good work is being done. Authors, scientists and everyday people continue to develop innovations. Our library gives members free access to some of this thinking.

1. Books to read

Founder of the Australian Climate Council and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery explores new technologies in Sunlight and Seaweed: An Argument for How to Feed, Power and Clean Up the World.Author Peter Kalmus’ Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution tackles the existential dilemma of how to live happily and enact an appropriate response to global warming.Dick and James Strawbridge’s Practical Self Sufficiency: An Australian Guide to Sustainable Living in the 21st Century offers step-by-step information on sustainable living in cities.

2. Magazines to browse

Short on time? We have many quality magazines with a sustainable focus. Check out beautiful publication Peppermint, which includes features on feminism, cooking, fashion and more with a sustainable bent. Or, get upcycling tips from Reloved. Finally, ABC’s Organic Gardener Magazine speaks for itself.

3. Documentaries to watch

Did you know you can stream films with your library membership via Beamafilm for free? Learn about the cataclysmic plight of bees with More than Honey. You can also check out A Crude Awakening, which is about our most valuable non-renewable resource (oil). Lastly, meet a Kiribati woman who has the task of alerting the world to her sinking homeland in a remote corner of the Pacific, with The Hungry Tide.

These are just some of the great resources available. A City of Sydney Library membership is free if you live in NSW. If you’re not already a library member, join now.

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