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Are you looking for some good summer reads to keep you entertained while hanging out at the pool or on the beach? Here are a few of the suggested “green” books recommended in an article by Ashley Schiller for Earth 911. So, whether you’re soaking up sun by the pool or relaxing in your cool, air-conditioned house, consider checking out one of these environmental selections:
• “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things,” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
If you haven’t already read this green “classic,” now is a great time. McDonough and Braungart argue that the conflict between industry and the environment is not without a solution. They suggest old practices of the Industrial Revolution must be replaced by a new approach that allows nature and commerce to fruitfully co-exist.
• “Green is the New Black,” by Tamsin Blanchard
Model Lily Cole writes a good preview for the book in her foreword, describing it as “a Bible for the ethical shopper.” Blanchard weaves the fashion and green worlds together, including everything from face mask recipes to sorting and recycling clothing to developing your own personal style rather than copying celebrities.
• “Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying,” by David Bach and Hillary Rosner
Bach, the author of several New York Times bestsellers, focuses in this book on how helping the earth can coincide with smart financial choices, such as avoiding bottled water and starting a vegetable garden. One reader featured on Bach’s Web site described the book as “not a bunch of touchy-feely mumbo jumbo, but real-world solutions that show why going green is just plain smart.”
• “The World Without Us,” by Alan Weisman.
The Pittsburg Post-Gazette says, “ ‘The World Without Us’ gradually reveals itself to be one of the most satisfying environmental books of recent memory, one devoid of self-righteousness, alarmism or tiresome doomsaying.”
How would our planet respond without the relentless pressure of human presence? Weisman dedicates his book to answering this central question.
Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders and paleontologists, Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us.
• “Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care,” by Alan Greene, Jeanette Pavini and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
Dr. Greene advises parents how to make healthy green choices for pregnancy, childbirth and baby care — from feeding your baby the best food available to using medicines wisely. Consumer advocate Jeanette Pavini includes information for making green choices, from zero-VOC paints for the nursery, to pure and gentle lotions for baby’s delicate skin, to the eco-friendly diapers now in the marketplace.
• “The Carbon Diaries: 2015,” by Saci Lloyd.
If you’re in the mood for fiction, this book was chosen as the 2009 winner of the Green Book Festival. Lloyd’s novel details the futuristic world of 16-year-old Laura Brown, who lives in a carbon-constrained United Kingdom where everything from heat to transportation to daily showers are regulated by government-issued points. In a world gone eco-mad and with the highest-category storm in history headed straight for her, Laura clings to her band, the Dirty Angels, and dreams of a normal life.
For additional green fiction titles, check out at the Green Book Festival Web site,
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