Today – April 22 – is Earth Day. Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.
Earth Day is a reminder for us to think about efficiency and renewable energy and to focus on solving the climate crisis.
To learn more about Earth Day, environmental protection, and the earth, check out these items available at the VC/UHV Library.
- Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise by Gaylord Nelson
- Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
- Six Degrees Could Change the World [DVD]
- What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action by Per Espen Stoknes
- The New Village Green: Living Light, Living Local, Living Large
- The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet by Robert Hazen
- Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming by Bjorn Lomborg
- An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Albert Gore [audiobook]
- Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast by David Archer
- The Atlas of Global Conservation: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities to Make a Difference edited by Jennifer Molnar and Jonathan M. Hoekstra
- Life [DVD]
- Conserving Words: How American Nature Writers Shaped the Environmental Movement by Daniel Philippon
- The White Planet: The Evolution and Future of our Frozen World by Jean Jouzel
- Big History and the Future of Humanity by Fred Spier