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Earth Day – April 22, 2019

It’s hard to believe that we may soon no longer marvel at the incredible long necks of giraffes, the tiny fluttering wings of bees, or the amazing athletic breaching of whales. These and other species are threatened with extinction caused by loss of habitat, deforestation, climate change and pesticides. According to the Earth Day Network:  “ We are facing  the largest period of species extinction in the last 60 million years. Normally, between one and five species will go extinct annually. However, scientists estimate that we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate, with multiple extinctions daily.”

And so, Earth Day 2019 is focused on Saving the Species. It’s mind boggling to think that the first Earth Day was in 1970. Although “environmentalism” was not then part of the common vocabulary, Rachel Carson’s book, The Silent Spring, had brought attention to the link between pollution and health, and raised awareness and concern for all living organisms. After the disastrous oil spill off Santa Barbara, CA, Sen. Gaylord Nelson and Rep. Pete McCloskey hoped to channel the activism of the anti-war movement to focus on the environment. The national news media picked up the message. This movement brought about the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency as well as legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

To read more about Earth Day and environmentalism topics, visit our third floor book display, “Save Our Species – Earth Day” and pick up a book or two.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary

earth-day-april-22How 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 DayThe 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 EarthHope 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 springSilent 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 EarthAmerican 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.”

Earth DietThe 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.”

Secret Wisdom of the EarthThe 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.”

 

SweetlandSweetland 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.

Happy Gardening!

The sun is shining and spring is definitely in the air! There is much talk about the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day and so I feel virtuous as I get my hands into the garden soil. I can just about smell the flowers and taste the herbs and veggies that will fill the garden in a few months!

If you are thinking along those lines and need some help with your garden there are many good websites to check. The wonderful New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden offer a range of helpful gardening ideas for the novice and advanced gardener. You can even ask an expert at the NYBG  any gardening question.  Do you want to plant a garden to attract wildlife? Or are you more interested in the color scheme for your garden? Check these great horticultural sources for help.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has a wealth of information on its website. But not everything is available online! You still must bring a soil sample to Eisenhower Park if you want it tested; check the other services available there. I know there will be pest problems at some point but right now I am optimistic and more interested in the annuals that the staff has evaluated and found promising for Long Island.

When you need more inspiration or a break from the garden chores, our area has some wonderful places to visit. In addition to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx (don’t forget the library has a pass you can borrow to visit that wonderful place!) and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, there are several worthwhile places on Long Island. Try Old Westbury Gardens (the library also has a pass), Planting Fields Arboretum, Bayard Cutting Arboretum,  Bailey Arboretum, and Clark Botanic Garden.

I have not yet mastered gardening in the dark (my kids threatened once to get me a miner’s hat with a light!) so at night I can content myself with reading a good book set in a garden. May I suggest some books by Ann Ripley (maybe Death at the Spring Plant Sale), Janis Harrison (Reap a Wicked Harvest is a possibility), Anthony Eglin’s English Garden mysteries or Rosemary Harris’ Dirty Business series?  Susan Wittig Albert ‘s character China Bayles is an herbalist. You could check out Mark Mills’ Savage Garden or The Garden Plot by J.S. Borthwick.

But now the warm sun beckons me outdoors. I must get my fingers into the dirt!  If you notice I am wearing bright red nail polish you can be sure I have been happily outside planting seed, dividing and transplanting plants, or even pulling a weed or two.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services