Books to Celebrate Earth Day 2018

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Happy Earth Day friends! The first Earth Day took place on April 22nd 1970 and was a coast-to-coast rally aimed to call for protection of the environment. It was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson after the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara. From these protests stemmed the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act! 

April 22, 2018 marks the 48th Earth Day, and we decided to put together a small, non-comprehensive list of books that not only celebrate the natural Earth, but inspire conservation of it. If interested in these books, make sure to borrow from a friend, check them out at your local library, or purchase electronically/secondhand. We love secondhand books, they have some great soul to them!

 

 Please let us know your favorite Earth Day celebration books in the comments!

 

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

The classic. A perfect read for children and children at heart, The Lorax still sits like a seed in my earliest memories, encouraging me to be kind and take care of the trees.  

"UNLESS someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. His classic cautionary tale is now available in an irresistible mini-edition, perfect for backpack or briefcase, for Arbor Day, Earth Day, and every day.
- Goodreads description 

 

Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids

Not only is this an amazing guide that will help inspire the next generation of Salish Sea defenders, this book was written and published by our conservation partner the SeaDoc Society! They set up an Ingiegogo project to make sure this guide is available to every 5th and 6th grader in the Salish Sea regardless of their ability to pay. How cool is that!

The SeaDoc Society has published a book for the next generation. Filled with beautiful photography and engaging stories, Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids inspires children to explore the unique marine ecosystem that encompasses the coastal waters from Seattle’s Puget Sound up to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Georgia Strait of British Columbia.

Discover the Salish Sea and learn about its vibrant ecosystem in this engaging non-fiction narrative that inspires outdoor exploration. Filled with full-color photography, this book covers wildlife habitats, geodiversity, intertidal and subtidal sea life, and highlights what is unique to this Pacific Northwest ecosystem.
-From Explore the Salish Sea website 

**not paid or sponsored by the SeaDoc Society in any way - I think this is an awesome cause that aligns perfectly with Earth Day books and wanted to share! 


Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Possibly one of my favorite reads throughout the last few years, Braiding Sweetgrass weaves threads of indigenous teachings and lessons, Robin Wall Kimmerer’s personal heartfelt stories, and the science behind conservation into a beautifully flowing braid.

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer as been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learning to give our own gifts in return.
- Goodreads description 

 

Earth in Mind by David W. Orr 

In Earth in Mind, Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are; overemphasizes success and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical and deadens the sense of wonder for the created world. The crisis we face, Orr explains, is one of mind, perception, and values. It is, first and foremost, an educational challenge.
- From Back cover of Earth in Mind

 

Nature Writings Collection by John Muir

The descriptions alone in Muir's collection of works will bring you to your knees in awe of the natural beauty surrounding us that so desperately needs to be preserved. This collection of books and essays is an essential read for all nature lovers! 

In a lifetime of exploration, writing, and passionate political activism, John Muir became America's most eloquent spokesman for the mystery and majesty of the wilderness. A crucial figure in the creation of our national parks system and a far-seeing prophet of environmental awareness who founded the Sierra Club in 1892, he was also a master of natural description who evoked with unique power and intimacy the untrammeled landscapes of the American West.
- Amazon description

 

An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore 

An Inconvenient Truth―Gore's groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance―is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book, Gore, who is one of our environmental heroes―and a leading expert―brings together leading-edge research from top scientists around the world; photographs, charts, and other illustrations; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness―and with humor, too―that the fact of global warming is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be disastrous if left unchecked. This riveting new book―written in an accessible, entertaining style―will open the eyes of even the most skeptical.
- Amazon description

 

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina 

I loved this book and will still usually bring it up in discussion any chance I get! :) 

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words listeners travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest. 
- Amazon description


The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben 

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.
- Amazon description  

 

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