How will you be celebrating Earth Day on April 22? This year is even more memorable since it is the 45th Anniversary of this environmental movement. Whether you have registered your Earth Day Event with www.earthday.org, planned on attending an Earth Day celebration in your area, or discussed the important event over a family dinner, you may want to read about its inception, research relevant information, or enjoy a novel loosely based on the subject. Here are some suggested titles you may find interesting to commemorate Earth Day 2015:
The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation by Adam Rome “Describes the first-ever Earth Day held in 1970 and discusses the ensuing rise of the environmental movement that has since grown to become a major source of inspiration to Americans and others around the world.”
Hope on Earth: A Conversation by Paul R. Ehrlich & Michael Charles Tobias “This engaging and timely book invites readers into an intimate conversation with some of the most eminent voices in science as they offer a powerful and approachable argument that the ethical and scientific issues involved in solving our environmental crisis are deeply intertwined, while offering us an optimistic way forward.”
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson “A rigorous presentation of the effects of pesticide use as well as a call to greater awareness of the environment.”
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau edited by Bill McKibben; foreword by Al Gore “An anthology of seminal American environmental writing from the past two centuries considers their influence on the ways in which people view the natural world and includes pieces by such figures as Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John James Audubon.”
The Earth Diet: Your Complete Guide to Living Using Earth’s Natural Ingredients by Liana Werner-Gray “Outlines the principles of the earth diet, which draws on the power of plant-based and natural foods, and shares nutrient-dense recipes for all dieters, from raw vegans to meat eaters.”
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton “Witnessing his younger brother’s accidental death, teenaged Kevin spends the summer traumatized in his grandfather’s Appalachia coal-mining community, which is fighting plans for a massive mountaintop-removal operation.”
Sweetland by Michael Crummey “The epic tale of an endangered Newfoundland community and the struggles of one man determined to resist its extinction.
– posted by Jean S., Readers’ Services
This article appeared in Syosset Public Library newsletter, The Book Club Insider, March 2015 issue.