In honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary and in recognition of the increasing severity of the effects of climate change, the Library has curated a list of books and resources, available free and online with a library card, that will inspire patrons of all ages to take action for a safer, greener and more sustainable future.
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall
Five Essential Ways to Take Action for Earth
- Become a recycling pro. Recology SF now recycles Tetra Paks, bundled plastic bags, CDs and more. See everything you can recycle at sfrecycles.org.
- Use the Environmental Working Group’s Healthy Living App when choosing products (sunscreen, toothpaste) to buy. Ratings are based on health and sustainability. Download the app at ewg.org/apps.
- Unused medicine is a threat to public health and the environment. SF’s Department of the Environment provides a list of locations that can dispose of meds properly at sfenvironment.org/meds.
- Feel good about eating right by choosing sustainable seafood with help from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, seafoodwatch.org.
- Receive 100% renewable energy with CleanPowerSF’s SuperGreen program. Find out more at cleanpowersf.org.
Green Reads for Climate Action Month
Digging Deep into Environmental Issues with eResources
Did you know that an example of human-triggered climate change was described in a book published in 1846? The chapter, written by then-Lieutenant Governor of Canada, Sir Francis Bond Head, was cited in an article that can be found by searching “’Climate change’ and the ’butterfly effect’ in an 18th century monograph,” on the Articles and Databases page.
For a seriously deep dive into environmental topics, try the EBSCO’s GreenFILE database, which draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more. Find GreenFILE on the Articles and Databases page under letter “G.”
If documentaries are more your taste, log in to streaming video source, Kanopy, and browse by subject “Environmental Science.” 920 possibilities will take you way beyond An Inconvenient Truth (though that’s there if you want it). Happy digging!
Looking to learn and not sure what to read? Try these compelling New Green Reads to learn about topics that affect you, your community and the entire planet. Or, stick with Environmental Classics that have been fundamental in educating and influencing people on environmental issues. If you want to connect to our local San Francisco Bay Area natural world, check out Bay Nature magazine.
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JANE KIM is a visual artist, science illustrator, and the founder of Ink Dwell, a Bay Area studio that explores the wonders of the natural world. She trained at Rhode Island School of Design and then Cal State Monterey Bay, where she received a master’s certificate in science illustration. She has created large-scale public art across the country, including the Migrating Mural campaign, a series of public art installations highlighting wildlife along migration corridors they share with people. Ink Dwell’s current Migrating Mural is focused on the iconic and threatened monarch butterfly. For more information, please visit inkdwell.com.