Reading Lists

Reading List

Heinberg, Richard: The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, Blackout,

Kunstler, James Howard: The Long Emergency, World Made by Hand (novel)

Mander, Jerry: In the Absence of the Sacred, The Case Against the Global Economy, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Baken, Joel, The Corporation

Brown, Lester R., Plan B 3.0, Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Holmgren, David, Future Scenarios

Gore, Al, An Inconvenient Truth (Google Books)

Hopkins, Rob, The Transition Handbook-From Oil Dependancy to Local Resilience (Google Books)

Peirce, Pam, Golden Gate Gardening

Solomon, Steve, Gardening When It Counts-Growing Food in Hard Times

Transition US Recommended Reading

Hopkins, R. (2008) The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, Chelsea Green Publishing.

Heinberg, R. (2007) Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines, New Society Publishing.

Holmgren, D. (2003) Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, Holmgren Design Services.

Homer-Dixon, T. (2003) The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilisation, Souvenir Press.

Strahan, D. (2007) The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man, John Murray Publishing.

Trainer, T. (2007) Renewable Energy Cannot Sustain a Consumer Society, Springer Verlag.

Peak oil

Campbell, C.J. and Laherrere, J. (1998). ‘The End of Cheap Oil’, Scientific American, Vol. 278, No. 3. pp.78-83.

Deffeyes, K.S. (2005) Beyond Oil : The View from Hubbert’s Peak, Hill and Wang.

Heinberg, R. (2006) The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism and Economic Collapse, Clairview Books.

Hirsch, R.L., Bezdek, R. Wendling, R. (2005a.) Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts,Mitigation and Risk Management, National Energy Technology Laboratory, US Department of Energy.

Hirsch, R.L. (2005b.) ‘Supply and Demand. Shaping the peak of world oil production’, World Oil, October 2005.

Kunstler, J.H. (2005) The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century, Atlantic Monthly Press.

Leggett, J. (2005b.) Half Gone: oil, gas, hot air and the global energy crisis, Portobello Books.

Climate change

Dow, K. and Downing, T.A. (2006) The Atlas of Climate Change, Earthscan Books.

Goodall, C. (2007) How to Live a Low-Carbon Life.The Individual’s Guide to Stopping Climate Change, Earthscan.

Henson, R. (2006) The Rough Guide to Climate Change: the symptoms, the science, the solutions, Rough Guides, London.

Monbiot, G. (2007) Heat: how to stop the planet burning, Penguin Books.

Energy descent / Transitions

Abdullah, S. (1999) Creating a World That Works For All, Berrett-Koehler.

Bates, A. (2007) The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times. New Society Publishers.

Brand, S. (1999) The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility, Phoenix Press.

Gladwell, M. (2000) The Tipping Point: how little things can make a big difference, Abacus.

Hopkins, R. (2007) Energy Descent Pathways: evaluating potential responses to peak oil. An MSc dissertation for the University of Plymouth. Available from

Korten, D.C. (2006) The Great Turning: from Empire to Earth Community, Berett-KoehlerPublishers.

Odum, H.T. & Odum, E.C. (2001) A Prosperous Way Down: principles and policies, University Press of Colorado.

Walker, B & Salt, D. (2006) Resilience Thinking: sustaining ecosystems and people in a changing world, Island Press.

Winter, M. (2006) Peak Oil Prep: three things you can do to prepare for peak oil, climate change and economic collapse, Westsong Publishing.

Permaculture design

Holmgren, D. (2004) Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, Holmgren Design Press. Quite simply the best book of the past 15years.

Mollison, B. (1988) Permaculture: a Designers Manual, Tagari Press.

Whitefield, P. (2000) Permaculture in a Nutshell, Permanent Publications.

Whitefield, P. (2005) The Earth Care Manual, Permanent Publications.

Also highly recommended is a subscription to Permaculture Magazine ( and to The Permaculture Activist (

Food, gardening and growing

Ableman, M. (1998) On GoodLand: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm, ChronicleBooks.

Bartholemew, M. (2006) All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!, CoolSprings Press.

Jeavons, J. (2005) How to grow more vegetables than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine, Ten Speed Press.

Whitefield, P. (1996) How to Make a ForestGarden, Permanent Publications.

Larkcom, J. (1998) Grow Your Own, Frances Lincoln.

Guerra, M. (2005) The EdibleContainerGarden: Fresh Food from Tiny Spaces, Gaia Books.

Lucas, C, Jones, A.& Hines, C. (2007) Fuelling a Food Crisis: the impact of peak oil on food security.

A free download from

Rethinking economics

Douthwaite, R. (1996) Short Circuit: strengthening local economies for security in an unstable world, Green Books.

Douthwaite, R. (1999) The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Has Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet,Green Books.

Fleming, D. (2005) Energy and the Common Purpose: descending the energy staircase with Tradable Energy Quotas, Lean Connection Press, London.

Greco, T. (2001) Money: understanding and creating alternatives to legal tender, Chelsea Green Publishing.

Lietaer, B. (2001) The Future of Money: creating new wealth, work and a wiser world, Century.

Perkins, J. (2005) Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Ebury Press/Berret-Koehler.

Simms, A. (2005) Ecological Debt: The Health of the Planet and the Wealth of Nations, Pluto Press.


Cavanagh, J. & Mander, J. (2004) Alternatives to Economic Globalisation: a better world is possible, Berrett-Koehler.

Ekins, P. (1989) Towards a New Economics: on the theory and practice of self reliance, Routledge.

Goldsmith, E. & Mander, J. (eds) (2001) The Case Against the Global Economy and For a Turn Towards Localisation, Earthscan.

Hines, C. (2000) Localisation: A Global Manifesto, Earthscan.

Norberg-Hodge, H. (2002) Bringing the Local Economy Home: Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness, Zed Books.

Sale, K. (1980) Human Scale, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan.

Shuman, M. (2000) Going Local: creating self reliant communities in a global age, Routledge.

Woodin, M. & Lucas, C. (2004) Green Alternatives to Globalisation: a manifesto, Pluto Press.

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