Books

Teaching kids about climate change? Read them a classic story

Read the full story at Grist. See the Environmental Novels LibGuide for fiction for grade schoolers through adults.

A professor of environmental science at Chicago’s DePaul University, [Liam] Heneghan recently started teaching a seminar called the Ecology of Childhood. Working from a list of the 100 most popular children’s books, including classics like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?, Heneghan explains that although they weren’t written with ecology in mind, the books are goldmines for environmental meanderings. More, they offer “the most gentle and loving way” to teach kids about the havoc humans are wreaking on nature.

Newspaperman’s book offers intro to area environmental issues

Read the full story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Don Corrigan covers a lot of ground in his environmental journalism class at Webster University.

Occasionally, students will take a keen interest in one of the many of environmental issues in the area, such as the two who managed to get arrested by Eureka police after trespassing in Times Beach while it was still contaminated with dioxin.

For those who don’t want to get that close, Corrigan’s new book, “Environmental Missouri: Issues and Sustainability, What you Need to Know,” offers readers a short overview of the dozens of environmental issues unique to Missouri and the St. Louis area.

State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability

The latest edition of the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World series is now available. The theme is Governing for Sustainability. Here’s the summary, from the publisher’s web site, where they also offer a free preview:

Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio II to the U.S.’s failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, governments’ progress has been lackluster. That’s not to say leadership is absent; it just often comes from the bottom up rather than the top down. Action—on climate, species loss, inequity, and other sustainability crises—is being driven by local, people’s, women’s, and grassroots movements around the world, often in opposition to the agendas pursued by governments and big corporations.

These diverse efforts are the subject of the latest volume in the Worldwatch Institute’s highly regarded State of the World series. The 2014 edition, marking the Institute’s 40th anniversary, examines both barriers to responsible political and economic governance as well as gridlock-shattering new ideas. The authors analyze a variety of trends and proposals, including regional and local climate initiatives, the rise of benefit corporations and worker-owned firms, the need for energy democracy, the Internet’s impact on sustainability, and the importance of eco-literacy. A consistent thread throughout the book is that informed and engaged citizens are key to better governance.

The book is a clear-eyed yet ultimately optimistic assessment of citizens’ ability to govern for sustainability. By highlighting both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. This volume will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics—and citizens looking to jumpstart significant change around the world.

This book is a roadmap for business careers in sustainability

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Katie Kross and I have known and collaborated with each other for 10 years. I was excited when she published her guide to sustainability careers, “Profession and Purpose,” in 2009. I was doubly excited to hear about its second edition. “Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability” just became available for purchase on Monday.

Katie is managing director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She has supported hundreds of MBA students and alumni in their searches for purpose-driven jobs.

We sat down to discuss how much has changed in the last five years since her first edition came out.

Charles Darwin’s evolutionary reading: HMS Beagle’s library goes online

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The lost collection of books that kept Charles Darwin company aboard HMS Beagle and provided inspiration for his later works on evolution has been made publicly available for the first time today.

Hundreds of titles that filled the shelves of the ship’s library on Darwin’s five-year circumnavigation of the globe in the 1830s have been brought together and made freely available through the Darwin Online Beagle Library project.

Shareable’s Top 16 New Books for Spring

Read the full story in Shareable.

A few times a year, we round up the best new books about the sharing economy, community, and all the other good sharing stuff. It’s amazing that there’s never a shortage of good reads for our book finds. It speaks to the growing number of people who want to create a better world through sharing. Below are our top 16 reads this spring.

See Where America Gets Its Energy, In Spectacular Photos

Read the full story at Fast Company.

In 2003, photographer Mitch Epstein traveled to Ohio to watch a small town be erased: A nearby power plant had purchased most of the homes there in exchange for families agreeing to leave and to never sue the company for health claims resulting from the plant’s pollution. Epstein was struck by the story–especially because of an 80-year-old woman who refused to move–and decided to travel across the country as an “energy tourist,” documenting other stories he found along the way…

After his five-year odyssey, Epstein published his photographs in a book called American Power, and created a website that maps out each photo. He also collaborated with musician Erik Friedlander to create a live performance: While Epstein shows his images, Friedlander plays the cello.