An American environmentalist, Bill McKibben has written books and articles on topics such as local eating, local energy conservation, global warming, human genetic engineering etc. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, where he worked for several years as a writer, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and various other prominent news sources.

Hope, Human and Wild is one of his many books worth reading. It shares optimistic stories of living lightly from the Adirondack Mountains, Kerala, India and Curitiba, Brazil. In these places, people found solutions to modern problems and are thriving as a result.

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future was published in 2007. In this book, McKibben challenges readers to consider the source of food and energy and commit to purchasing within local communities. He describes flourishing examples of societies in Europe, New England, India and China who are working toward “going local” in regards to food, energy and entertainment.

This reader is ready to bike to the nearest library for copies of his work as McKibben is informative, down-to-earth and hopeful.