Since I suggested a television show last time, I want to round that off by directing you toward some literature. There’s nothing greener, when it comes to reading, than using your library. Sharing resources is key to the “Reduce” part of the equation and the whole point of libraries is to facilitate that. If you love print books you probably already use your public library for that, but I’m a convert (well, 90% of one anyway) to ebooks. Last year, I shared some services you may not know your library has, but I’m going to repeat one of them here.
If you’re looking for a way to quickly amp up your knowledge on the environment, I’d give your local library a try. While every library will offer different books, here are a couple the Los Angeles Public Library has that I’m considering looking into this month. You can get some of these books as audio versions, which is how I’ll be getting my green reading. Print is being saved for Game of Thrones this month.
Invisible Nature by Kenneth Worthy – This book takes into consideration that most people do want to protect the environment, but also want all the conveniences of modern life. Worthy puts the lifecycle of products into perspective by showing how our choices affect the environment.
The Last Great Sea by Terry Glavin - The North Pacific Ocean is the largest fishery in the world and integral to the survival of many species, including our own. Covering science, anthropology and history, Glavin delves into the reasons this portion of the world is so fascinating.
The Nature Principle by Terry Louv – By now I hope you’ve read Louv’s Last Child in the Woods which introduced “nature deficit disorder”. The Nature Principle details ways our society can continue to live more closely with nature.
Travels in Alaska by John Muir - Since I’ll be traveling to Alaska for the first time this year, I’m trying to find something as amazing as Sarah Vowell’s Unfamiliar Fishes, which I read when I went to Hawaii. I didn’t know John Muir had a lot to do with Alaska and considering he’s such a superstar, I can’t wait to hear his reflections.
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene – String theory, The Big Bang, black holes… yeah, I totally understand that stuff. According to the reviews, this book might at least get me started. And if I love it there’s his books on parallel universes (The Hidden Reality) and the one on the nature of time and reality (The Fabric of the Cosmos). That should keep me busy.
Search your library’s catalog for words like “environment”, “nature”, or “climate change”. You can also try browsing the menu under nonfiction and looking at science, nature or sociology.