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EarthxReads: Summer Reading Picks from EarthX!

At EarthX, we are dedicated to the spread of knowledge about our planet and how to protect it. Our office’s library houses hundreds of books on a variety of topics such as climate, conservation, energy, and much more. Here are a few books that we are reading this summer!

Eco-chic: The Fashion Paradox by Sandy Black

51n8SBS1m9L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_“In a comprehensive survey of this highly pertinent subject, leading academic Sandy Black examines the way the fashion industry is changing to accommodate the environmental concerns of the twenty first century. She exposes the naked truth behind the clothes we wear, exploring alternate practices and assessing their feasibility.Using case studies of designers from the catwalks and the high street… the book illustrates how these processes are finding their way into the industry, and shows how ethical fashion has moved on from its traditional connotations of hemp shirts and rope sandals.Fashion and environmental awareness are two concerns that do not comfortably sit side by side. Over the past ten years, high street fashion, led by global chains, has become ever more affordable and disposable. The sourcing of materials, the manufacture and the distribution of clothes have become the dirty secrets of the beautiful industry..Lavishly illustrated, it is a timely publication that will appeal equally to the fashion conscious and environmentally aware.”

Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer

91xKcSjwoTL“Waves of climate refugees. Dozens of failed states. All-out war. From one of the world’s great geopolitical analysts comes a terrifying glimpse of the strategic realities of the near future, when climate change drives the world’s powers towards the cut-throat politics of survival. An increase of two degrees Celsius in average global temperature- which is almost inevitable- will heat politics to boiling point. Bringing together extensive interviews and latest research, Gwynne Dyer reveals the realities of a planet facing scarce food, water, and land. Can our technology save us, or is it too late? Galvanizing yet unflinching, Climate Warsis an essential guide to the hot politics of the future.”

 

 

 

 

Oil and Honey by Bill McKibben

51uEsQuIT6L“Bill McKibben is not a person you’d expect to find handcuffed and behind bars, but that’s where he found himself in the summer of 2011 after leading the largest civil disobedience in thirty years, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House. With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Irene scouring the Atlantic, McKibben recognized that action was needed if solutions were to be found. Some of those would come at the local level, where McKibben joins forces with a Vermont beekeeper raising his hives as part of the growing trend toward local food. Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole.

Oil and Honey is McKibben’s account of these two necessary and mutually reinforcing sides of the global climate fight—from the center of the maelstrom and from the growing hive of small-scale local answers. With empathy and passion he makes the case for a renewed commitment on both levels, telling the story of raising one year’s honey crop and building a social movement that’s still cresting.”

 

UNSTOPPABLE by Bill Nye

51UTbvNwQBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“…With a scientist’s thirst for knowledge and an engineer’s vision of what can be, Bill Nye sees today’s environmental issues not as insurmountable, depressing problems but as chances for our society to rise to the challenge and create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. We need not accept that transportation consumes half our energy, and that two-thirds of the energy you put into your car is immediately thrown away out the tailpipe. We need not accept that dangerous emissions are the price we must pay for a vibrant economy and a comfortable life. Above all, we need not accept that we will leave our children a planet that is dirty, overheated, and depleted of resources. As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming. When you are done reading, you’ll be enlightened and empowered. Chances are, you’ll be smiling, too, ready to join Bill and change the world.”

 

 

 

Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans by Sylvia A. Earle

A1wMJ+8e-ML“Internationally renowned as the ambassador-at-large to the world’s oceans, Sylvia Earle is an extraordinary woman–the former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a distinguished marine biologist, a veteran of more than 6,000 hours underwater, the founder of an ocean engineering firm, and an eloquent advocate for marine conservation. Sea Change is at once the gripping adventure story of Earle’s three decades of undersea exploration, an insider’s introduction to the dynamic field of marine biology, and an urgent plea for the preservation of the world’s fragile and rapidly deteriorating ocean ecosystems.Earle takes us along on journeys to places of unimaginable beauty and unutterable destruction. She conjures up the exhilaration of swimming with humpback whales off the coast of Maui; she makes us comprehend the true environmental tragedy of the massive oil spills in Prince William Sound and the Persian Gulf; and she leads us out into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the epitome of ocean wilderness but also the final resting place for tons of waste that drift in from thousands of miles away. This brilliant, thought-provoking, superbly readable book will inspire a new reverence for the majesty of the world’s oceans even as it opens our eyes to the intricate interdependence of all life-forms.”

Author: Taryn Darter