Earth Day, celebrated every April, is prime time to plant a garden, enjoy the lovely scent of fresh air and fragrant blossoms, clean up some litter, and, you guessed it, dig into a book that celebrates the importance of the environment and our responsibility towards safeguarding it.
The theme for Earth Day 2022 is “Invest In Our Planet” reminding everyone that
“This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihood…Because a green future is a prosperous future.”
In its move towards sustainability, New Jersey is getting past plastic and has enacted one of the nation’s strictest bans on single-use plastic bags as well as paper bags; this comes into effect starting May 4th. You can find more information on this new law here.
Here are some recently added books that will help you think about the marvelous planet that you inhabit, the horrendous challenges faced by it and the part you can play in conserving and restoring natural resources, and ensuring their sustainability for future generations.
The Atlas Of Disappearing Places : Our Coasts And Oceans In The Climate Crisis by Chrisinta Conklin
A beautiful and engaging guide to global warming’s impacts around the world. The author describes four climate change impacts–changing chemistry, warming waters, strengthening storms, and rising seas–using the metaphor of the ocean as a body to draw parallels between natural systems and human systems.
The Book Of Hope : A Survival Guide For Trying Times by Jane Goodall
Although the planet is in dire straits due to climate change, poverty, corruption, loss of habitat and diversity, unsustainable lifestyles, and a rapidly growing population, Goodall believes there is still a window of opportunity to solve these and myriad other problems that affect the Earth’s functioning. Among Goodall’s reasons for hope: the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people, and the indomitable human spirit.
In this upbeat, helpful guide, recycling expert Romer walks readers through the specifics of what to recycle, what happens to all those recycled items, and what kind of environmental impacts result. She hopes to correct common misconceptions regarding signs and symbols, supposed new reincarnations for discarded materials, and success rates.
Ever Green : Saving Big Forests To Save The Planet by John W. Reid
Conservationist and economist Reid and climate-change biologist Lovejoy guide readers through Earth’s five remaining mega forests to explain why their preservation is crucial to the future of life on Earth. Not only does protecting large intact forests keep carbon out of the atmosphere, it also preserves biodiversity.
The Loneliest Polar Bear by Kale Williams
The heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is closely tied to our own.
The Nutmeg’s Curse : Parables For A Planet In Crisis by Amitav Ghosh
This powerful work of history, essay, testimony, and polemic, argues that the dynamics of climate change today are rooted in a centuries-old geopolitical order constructed by Western colonialism. At the center of Ghosh’s narrative is the now-ubiquitous spice nutmeg. The history of the nutmeg is one of conquest and exploitation–of both human life and the natural environment. In Ghosh’s hands, the story of the nutmeg becomes a parable for our environmental crisis, revealing the ways human history has always been entangled with earthly materials such as spices, tea, sugarcane, opium, and fossil fuels.
Paradise : One Town’s Struggle To Survive An American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnson
The definitive firsthand account of California’s Camp Fire-the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century-and a riveting examination of what went wrong and how to avert future tragedies as the climate crisis unfolds.
Planet Palm : How Palm Oil Ended Up In Everything-And Endangered The World by Jocelyn Zuckerman
Zuckerman spent years traveling the globe, from Liberia to Indonesia, India to Brazil, reporting on the human and environmental impacts of this poorly understood plant. The result is, a riveting account blending history, science, politics, and food as seen through the people whose lives have been upended by this hidden ingredient.
An urgent, resounding call to protect 50 percent of the earth’s land by 2050–thereby saving millions of its species — and a candid assessment of the health of our planet and our role in conserving it.
Silent Earth : Averting The Insect Apocalypse by Dave Goulson
An award-winning entomologist and conservationist explains the importance of insects to our survival, and offers a clarion call to avoid a looming ecological disaster of our own making. “If we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse,” he warns.
There Is No Planet B : A Handbook For The Make Or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee
An evidence-based handbook to guide humanity in addressing the most pressing problems of the 21st century. The book alternates between big picture perspective and small scale specifics as it considers the interconnected issues of food, energy, travel, and climate change.
The Treeline : The Last Forest And The Future Of Life On Earth by Ben Rawlence
A powerful, poetic and deeply absorbing account of the “lung” at the top of the world. It takes us along this critical frontier of our warming planet from Norway to Siberia, Alaska to Greenland, to meet the scientists, residents and trees confronting huge geological changes. a story of what might soon be the last forest left and what that means for the future of all life on earth.
Under The Sky We Make : How To Be Human In A Warming World by Kimberly Nicholas
Offers a hopeful, clear-eyed, and somehow also hilarious guide to effecting real change, starting in our own lives. Saving ourselves from the climate apocalypse will require radical shifts within each of us, to effect real change in our society and culture.
Warmth : Coming Of Age At The End Of The World by Daniel Sherrell
Born in 1990, activist Sherrell is haunted by a common millennial conundrum: is it responsible, safe, or moral to have children in the midst of catastrophic climate conditions? This book is a letter to his unborn child, explaining in vivid detail the realities of Sherrell’s young adult life: deadly storms, hottest after hottest years on record, and an abundance of social and political inaction.
–Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian