Launch of the SDG 15 reading list

  • 17/01/2022

Discover the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Book Club recommendations on SDG15, focusing on sustainably managing forests, combatting desertification, and reversing land degradation


SDG15: Life on Land

Did you know that humans are the reason for 75% of the earth’s surface changes? These changes result from chopping down our forests, lack of care for our farmland, and not respecting wildlife and their habitats. Land is our planet’s body, and we must do everything we can to ensure it stays healthy. Forests around the world provide us with air, water, and food. If we don’t stop cutting down trees, destroying our farmland, and hurting animals and their homes, these changes will affect animals and humans alike.


Deforestation is one of the biggest threats to our planet. Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their everyday lives as those who live in rural areas rely on them for everyday resources like food and water. If we keep losing trees at the same rate, it will affect us, as millions of people and animals will have to move to find places providing food and shelter. We must also protect the land on which we grow all our food as 74% of the poorest people in the world need this land to feed their families. Lastly, we must learn to respect plants, wildlife and their natural habitats because they are vital to the earth’s natural ecosystem and the human diet.

SDG 15: Life on Land strives to solve these problems. Browse through our new reading list to learn more about the consequences of damage to our land. Read the books together with a family member or friend and find ways to protect and care for the land in your local community.

Find the SDG15 reading list here

The SDG Book Club makes content available in the six official languages of the United Nations – please see our other pages for more recommendations in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.


The EIBF is one of the organisers of the SDG Book Club, working together with the UN, IPA, IFLA, IBBY and IAF. Find out more.