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Books That “Give Back” to the Planet

Over the centuries, humans have made great strides in areas such as technology, transportation and architecture, but many of these advances have been at our planet’s expense. In order to preserve our environment, we all must make efforts to protect our big, beautiful, blue home. This month we have selected a few titles that focus on environmental education, green living and earth-friendly practices that readers can incorporate into their everyday lives.

23 Ways to Be an Eco Hero by Isabel Thomas

You’re never too young to think green! 23 Ways to Be an Eco Hero shows kindergarteners and young grade school children how they can make a difference in their homes and their world by adopting greener habits. Packed full of projects with varying degrees of difficulty, each project teaches a lesson focusing on the wider importance of caring for the environment.

 Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

Looking to improve your and your family’s health, as well as saving time, money and the planet? The “Priestess of Waste-Free Living,” Bea Johnson, offers practical step-by-step advice, secrets and insights into how she simplified her family’s life by reducing their waste in the stylish and relatable, Zero Waste Home. Find out exactly how Bea, her husband and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year!

Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano

New York Times best-selling author and green guru, Sophie Uliano, offers a down-to-earth approach to beauty focusing on what’s truly healthy in Gorgeously Green. Examining daily beauty, fitness, shopping, cooking and transportation eco-challenges, Uliano provides dozens of eco-friendly tips, products and practices to become stylishly green by living a more earth-friendly life.

A World to Live In: An Ecologist’s Vision for a Plundered Planet by George M. Woodwell

Former president of the Ecological Society of America and vice chairman of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Ecologist George M. Woodwell passionately points out how the Earth’s biosphere has been threatened by industrial development and human disruption. In A World to Live In: An Ecologist’s Vision for a Plundered Planet he shows readers the importance of respecting the full range of life on earth (not species alone, but their natural communities) to maintain our biosphere.

Y On Earth: How We Will Get Smarter, Feel Better and Heal the Planet by Aaron William Perry


Acknowledging that our society and our planet face massive ecological, social and spiritual challenges, Y On Earth: How We Will Get Smarter, Feel Better and Heal the Planet explores topics of sustainability, well-being and interconnectedness at individual, family, community and global levels. Written for “Aspirationals” (millennials, their parents, grandparents and educators), this release offers a variety of opportunities for achieving a healthy, joyful and sustainable culture and future.

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