World Environment Day Selections

Today is World Environment Day! Similar to Earth Day, World Environment Day was founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in order to raise global awareness of environmental issues.

Use this observance day as inspiration for checking out some Pinal County Libraries’ books and DVDs about environmental impact!

CosmoGirlCosmoGirl 250 things you can do to green the world (2009). By CosmoGirl. Hearst Books. Today’s teenagers want to make a difference…and they can. Simply by following the 250 fabulous tips in this ultra-portable guide, they’ll instantly become environmental defenders. It presents unique, teen-friendly ideas that girls can really get excited about and do.


Do One Green Thing : Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices (2010). By Mindy Pennybacker. St. Martin’s Griffin. Presents green decision making in bite-size pieces, with simple choose it or lose it comparisons throughout, from how drinking filtered water can help save oil to how skipping red meat at least one day a week can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ecological-IntelligenceEcological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything (2009). By Daniel Goleman. Broadway Books.  Both individuals and companies suffer from collective self-deception and blind spots in their thinking about the environment and their impact upon it. Goleman explains the role of psychology in these decision making processes.

No-Impact-ManNo Impact Man (2009). Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein. Oscilliscope Pictures. Filmmakers follow author Colin Beavan as he embarks on a challenge to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible.

On-extinctionOn Extinction: How We Became Estranged from Nature (2012). By Melanie Challenger. Counterpoint. Realizing the link between her own estrangement from nature and the cultural shifts that led to a dramatic rise in extinctions, award-winning writer Melanie Challenger travels in search of the stories behind these losses. From an exploration of an abandoned mine in England to an Antarctic sea voyage to South Georgia’s old whaling stations, from a sojourn in South America to a stay among an Inuit community in Canada, she uncovers species, cultures, and industries touched by extinction. Accompanying her on this journey are the thoughts of anthropologists, biologists, and philosophers who have come before her.

Happy Reading!

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