Earth Day Reads That Will Wow You

Earth Day Reads That Will Wow You

Earth Day is a pretty neat time to reflect, learn and grow. We've put together a list of our top book picks about our relationship to the Earth and climate change. Happy Reading! Bonus points if you find these books at your local library or independent bookstore ;)

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Edited by Paul Hawken
Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, nothing grounds me quite like putting down a plan on paper. Global warming can feel scary and like how the heck are we going to collectively do something about it. Drawdown lays out a plan in one hundred techniques and practices ranging from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The information presented was collected and vetted by an international coalition of scientists and policymakers who say that if deployed collectively on a global scale over the next 30 years, these practices represent a credible path forward to reach drawdown, the point in time when greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. I loved reading this book. Drawdown is rooted in hard science but it’s easily digestible, practical, and hopeful.

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis
Edited by Dr. Ayanna Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katherine Wilkinson
  All We Can Save is anthology of essays by women at the forefront of the climate crisis— scientists, designers, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, and activists. The writing is powerful, raw, honest, and hopeful as the writers share ideas on how we can rapidly, radically reshape society. All We Can Save is also available as an audiobook with essays read by such icons as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jane Fonda. All We Can Save was edited by marine biologist and co-host of the podcast How to Save a Planet, Dr. Ayanna Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katherine Wilkinson, senior writer of How to Save a Planet and co-host of the podcast How to Save a Planet. We highly recommend both of their podcasts for the climate curious. 

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of 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 will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth and learn to give our own gifts in return.

The Overstory
By Richard powers
For the fiction lovers. A beautiful novel about how we are connected to each other and the natural world. I don’t want to give too much away, but it will have you looking at the trees on your block differently. And it won a Pulitzer in 2019.