Ocean of Knowledge by TSSP is a collection of resources that shell-ebrate our planet, put together to inspire action for a better tomorrow.

Whether you’re an avid bookworm or a casual reader, curling up with a good book is always something to look forward to. If you’re looking for a new book to plunge into, check out our list of recommendations for adults. These books revolve around the theme of environmental sustainability, and we’ve got a range of genres including recipe books for home cooks. They’re all available at the library, so keep a lookout for them!



1. A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough and Jonathan Hughes

Available on NLB: ebook, audiobook

Sir David Attenborough needs no introduction. The famous English presenter and biologist wrote this book as his “witness statement and vision for the future”. The autobiography lets readers in on some highlights of Attenborough’s career, while emphasising on the need to protect our planet before it’s too late. 

While the book primarily serves as a companion to the film “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet”, it can also be read without watching the documentary. Check out our list of family-friendly films on sustainability!


2. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

Available on NLB: print, ebook, audiobook

This book offers a serious and no-nonsense take on global warming. American journalist David Wallace-Wells jumps straight into the consequences of climate change and offers alarming depictions of the potential future. While some may not enjoy the book’s overall doom and gloom, many have praised it for its well-researched and straightforward content.

For those who’ve read it, you can get some additional insights via Vox’s interview with Wallace-Wells. The book will be adapted into a climate change anthology series on HBO Max, so stay tuned for that!


3. There is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee

Available on NLB: print

As compared to The Uninhabitable Earth, There is No Planet B takes on a lighter tone without trivialising the topic. Written by carbon emissions consultant Mike Berners-Lee, this guide on environmental issues comes with scientific evidence as well as lists of actions that everyone can take. 

Those who enjoy statistics will find this a meaningful read, as Berners-Lee doesn’t shy away from data. But don’t fret if you’re not good with numbers, as there are diagrams that make things easy to understand.


4. The Silent World by Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Available on NLB: print

This classic takes you deep into the ocean as French naval officer Jacques-Yves Cousteau talks about his days of pioneering and testing scuba diving equipment in 1943. Cousteau narrates his riveting experience of exploring the underwater world with fellow divers Frederic Dumas and Philippe Tailliez. The trio not only swam freely with wild marine animals like sharks and whales, but also explored caves and discovered shipwrecks. 

While it was written decades ago, the tale still offers a refreshing take on life beneath the great blue sea, and reminds us to preserve the beauty of nature. If you enjoyed the book, don’t forget to watch the award-winning documentary film co-directed by Consteau himself!




5. When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle

Available on NLB: print, ebook

Set in the Channel Islands of California, this riveting novel revolves around a biologist who hopes to save endangered native animals by eradicating invasive species like rats. However, she has to fight a passionate animal rights advocate who is against the killing of any species. The tense confrontations between both characters will keep you engaged as you ponder upon the impact of human intervention in the natural ecosystem. 




6. Cooking with Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard

Available on NLB: print

Here’s one for the zero-waste heroes! Cooking with Scraps teaches you how to make use of often-discarded ingredients such as fruit peels, veggie stems and even stale bread. From pesto to vegan mayo, the recipes are practical and accompanied by beautifully taken photos. A total of 85 recipes are included, so you’ll definitely find something useful.


7. The Whole Fish Cookbook by Josh Niland

Available on NLB: print

If steamed fish and baked salmon are your go-tos at home, this is the book for you. Australian butcher and chef Josh Niland teaches you how to use the entire fish from “nose to tail”, ensuring that no part of the fish is lost to the bin. Some recipes like fried fish eyes may be too unconventional for regular family dinners, but you will nevertheless learn loads about preparing fish as a culinary craft. 

P.S. Looking for more seafood recipes? We’ve got lots of them on our community page!


While these books approach the topic of sustainability differently, they all remind us to be kind to the environment and be more aware of our impact on the planet. At TSSP, we hope to inspire mindful consumption by creating better and more ethical seafood options. To work towards this goal, we partner with like-minded farms and communities to offer more sustainable choices. We also celebrate everyday eco-heroes like freegans and fish farmers who are silently helping the environment. Check out our features on them!


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