Earth Day 2014

Our planet is at a turning point. The massive global migration underway now from countryside to cities will demand huge investments in energy, water, materials, waste, food distribution, and transportation over the next 25 years. If the right investments are made now, this unique opportunity will be the catalyst for dramatic changes in the built environment and the fight against carbon emissions and climate change.”

That’s right – there’s hope!!

Earth Day is about HOPE!
How cool is that.
To celebrate, and to get your Earth Day gears rolling, here are a few hopeful reads revolving around environmental issues.

Flush
Carl Hiaasen

Pretty sure you can’t do Earth Day without including at least one Carl Hiaasen title.  It just wouldn’t be right.  Also, at some point I just had to blog a book about poop.  Had to.

Seriously, though – this is a very lightweight romp of a read.  It’s fun, fluffy, and so simple it almost doesn’t make it.  But Hiaasen has thrown in enough really great characters (Lice, anyone?) just enough of a very serious issue to keep this real.  And it will make you laugh – promise.

 

Saving the Planet and Stuff

Gail Gauthier

Also on the lighter side, also hilarious, but a little bit more chewy, Saving the Planet and Stuff is the story of a digital native trapped for the summer in the wilds of Vermont with his ultra-environmentalist grandparents.  A bit of intrigue, the slightest whiff of romance, and loads of snappy dialogue (internal and external) make for a fun adventure.  Yes, there’s lots of focus on genuine issues, but they don’t get beaten into your head with a stick – just illuminated enough to inform and generate some interest.

 

 

 Empty

Suzanne Weyn

 

Fossil fuels depleted to zero.  Category Six hurricanes.  Life as we know it, gone forever.

Hopeful, you say?

Actually, yes.  Oddly.  Empty definitely starts out on the dark side of ecological disaster.  And it stays there, whipping characters through horror, fear, desperation, and desolation for almost 200 pages. It’s a high paced, page-turner of a read, as an array of teens use their wits, luck, and sheer determination to survive the catastrophic effects of climate change.  This one will leave you thinking twice about turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth and car-pooling to save gas, but it will also leave you feeling like you have the power to make this all work.  Highly recommend.

A Happy and Hopeful Earth Day to you all!

 

Alice

Born to read, forced to work.

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