Monday is Earth Day, the annual spring holiday that reminds us — or should remind us — to be nicer to the environment. With all the climate change-related doom and gloom looming on the horizon, I've got six books to read for Earth Day this year, because saving the planet is more important now than ever.
We are fast approaching the 50th annual Earth Day. The holiday has been celebrated every April 22 since 1970, when it preempted the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Today, according to the Earth Day website, "more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world." That's a lot of celebrants, but unfortunately, celebrating Earth Day and taking action to stop climate change are two different things.
In October 2018, the United Nations released a climate change report that got a lot of people talking. Authored by nearly 100 researchers from 40 countries around the world, the report predicts that the world will experience major food shortages, wildfires, and other manmade disasters, as soon as 2040, if politicians do not take action to reduce carbon emissions as soon as possible.
Although the vast majority of the world's carbon problem is linked to big business and industry, there's no reason to feel that you, personally, cannot live more sustainably and push for change. The six Earth Day reads on the list below will help inspire and educate you, so that you can do what's best for both you and the planet.