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Ecology Action

Words to Act On is a year-long effort to focus on issues that matter in a time that matters. 

Bookshop has established three local nonprofit partners that we will be working with in 2017—the first of which is Ecology Action

For over four decades, Ecology Action has been providing innovative energy, water, and transportation solutions to communities across California


Recommended Book Lists

After hearing from our customers, Bookshop Santa Cruz and Ecology Action curated a "top ten" book list which features some of the most accessible and influential books that educate and inspire action on environmental issues, especially climate change. You can find these books on display at Bookshop as well as online:

Adult reading list  |  Kids' reading list

Kids’ Special Reading Challenge: Ecology Action and Bookshop Santa Cruz have developed a curated book list to inform and inspire kids of all ages to fight for the environment and against climate change. Kids--read one of these 10 selected children’s books and come into Bookshop anytime after April 1st to claim a special seed packet prize! 


A Positive Force for Good!

Be a positive force for good by purchasing one of Ecology Action's new t-shirts. Bookshop will donate proceeds to Ecology Action. Get yours today!



Join Bookshop Santa Cruz and Ecology Action at these upcoming events:


Saturday, April 22nd
March for Science & Earth Day Celebration

March for Science Santa Cruz will assemble at Santa Cruz City Hall at 10:00am and will wind through downtown Santa Cruz to San Lorenzo Park, ending at the community’s Earth Day Santa Cruz celebration (11:00am to 4:00pm). Bookshop Santa Cruz will be onsite with information about our partnership and books available for purchase from our curated environment-focused booklist. Bookshop will donate a portion of the sales of these books (both in-store and at the Earth Day Santa Cruz event) to Ecology Action 


Friday Evening, May 12th, from 6:00-9:00
Action Day "It's Easy Being Green" Bike Party Ride

Jump on your bikes for the It's Easy Being Green Bike Party Ride organized by Bike Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz Bike Party at the culmination of Bike Week. The Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bike. Meet at the parking lot at Ecology Action's headquarters at 6 pm for the Party, with bike decorating and a postcard writing campaign for climate change hosted by Santa Cruz Indivisible and Bookshop Santa Cruz. The Ride will depart at 7 pm! 


Thursday Evening, May 25th at 7:00
Paul Hawken Book Talk & Signing

Bookshop Santa Cruz & Ecology Action welcome environmentalist, entrepreneur, and bestselling author Paul Hawken, who will discuss his important new book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Hawken will be appearing at Bookshop days after presenting his Drawdown plan in England to Prince Charles and representatives of the Commonwealth of Nations. This is a free, in-store event. Reserve your spot in the signing line when you purchase a copy of Drawdown


Wedneday Evening, May 31st at 7:00
Environmental Community Read: 
Coming of Age at the End of Nature

One of the goals of our Words to Act On partnership is to facilitate a dialogue about important issues through books. Bookshop Santa Cruz and Ecology Action have selected Coming of Age at the End of Nature, edited by Julie Dunlap, as a community-wide read. We encourage you to pick up your copy today and plan to join us for a book discussion, moderated by Fred Keeley, on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00pm (free).