This Blessed Plot: Books for Earth Day

April 22, 2015 | M. Elwood

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"The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next."

William Faulkner

April 22 is Earth Day, celebrated in 192 countries, it is the largest environmental event in the world. In 2015, Earth Day Canada is launching its Earth Day Everyday campaign to encourage all Canadians to commit to reducing their carbon footprints by 20% before 2020.

Here are some books about climate change for Earth Day:

Climate changed Don't even think about it Field notes from a catastrophe Thinking persons guide to climate change Waking the frog

Climate Changed by Philippe Squarzoni
While looking at Jacques Chirac's environmental policies for another book, artist/journalist Squarzoni realized that he was not well informed about climate change himself. Guided by his love of nature, Squarzoni sets out to learn more.

Don't Even Think About It: Why our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall
Marshall investigates why people have such diverse views on climate change and considers what part biology and evolution may play.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
In 2006, Kolbert travelled around the world investigating the ways that climate change is affecting the environment. This 2015 revised edition contains three new chapters.

The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson
Written for non-scientists, Henson breaks down and explains environmental issues.

Waking the Frog: Solutions for our Climate Change Paralysis by Tom Rand
Why aren't we working harder to fix things? Rand looks at the issues from psychological, financial, and economic perspectives.


"The earth has music for those who listen."

                               George Santayana

In addition to these and other books, the library also offers lots of environmental programming.