Earth Day (Friday, April 22) is just around the corner! This is a day celebrated around the globe to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day is great time to reevaluate the impact that we are having on the planet. In honor of Earth Day, enjoy these nonfiction and fiction titles that explore a variety of aspects of environmental issues and conservation actions (for the full list, visit The Hub's website.
The Story of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden to Your Plate, and How There's More of Less to Eat by Nancy F. Castaldo
A look at the impact that food production has on the environment with the importance of plant biodiversity prolonged by seed preservation. It also explores the impact of monocultures and genetic engineering on food production.
Unstoppable: Harnassing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye (the Science Guy!)
Nye applies his scientific rigorous understanding of the world to climate change, showing opportunities in today’s environmental crisis as a new beginning to create a cleaner and healthier world.
World Without Fish: How Could We Let This Happen? by Mark Kurlansy
Could it be possible that the main fish we eat, tuna, salmon, cod, and swordfish, could become extinct within fifty years? Kurlansky shows the environmental state of our oceans and the dwindling supply of our oceanic food supply, and what we can do to help preserve our seas.
We Are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change by Tim Flannery
An adaptation by Sally Walker of Tim Flannery’s adult book Weather Makers. This book looks at climate change and gives suggestions for how you can reduce the carbon emissions in your homes, schools, and communities.
Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future by Greg Melville
A humorous road-trip from Vermont to California fueled by leftover vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease and dumpsters along the way. Many stops on the way look at institutions seeking alternative energy options for a greener future.
The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species by Scott Weidensaul
A look at the approximately 30,000 species of animals and plants that go extinct every year, and those rare occurrences when a supposedly extinct species makes a surprise reappearance.
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
You'll appreciate this fictional and thrilling account of biotechnology gone awry, and what the frightening implications could be if ever an event was to occur.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
A look into the potential future where we need to scavenge our oil from grounded oil tankers. Young Nailer spends his days dismantling toxic waste heaps, until he finds a girl on a shipwrecked tanker, and has to make the choice to strip the tanker or save the girl.
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
In this eco-thriller, England is the first country to start carbon dioxide rationing in an attempt to combat global warming. Sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year with rationing as things spiral in and out of control.