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Earth Day Resources for Teens
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Challenge Everything: the Extinction Rebellion Youth Guide to Saving The Planet by
Call Number: YA 333.72 SAN
Written by the coordinator of Extinction Rebellion Youth London, this book asks the reader to challenge everything. Challenge big business. Challenge government. Challenge yourself. This is no greenwashing book--it's a call to action. A manifesto for how young people can help to save the planet by questioning everything about modern life and acting upon their conclusions. Included is advice on how to stop following the rules and take control as a consumer, challenging big business. The book also covers how to take direct action, challenge the government and support other groups fighting the same fight. It will help the reader to change their mindset, become independent, question everything, and challenge themselves.
Earth Day and the Environmental Movement by
Call Number: YA 394.262 PET
On April 22, 1970, an estimated twenty million people held in a teach-in to show their support for environmental protections. This new celebration, Earth Day, brought together previously fragmented issues under the same banner. It was the largest nationwide event ever, and lawmakers took notice. But one day didn't change everything. Fifty years after the first Earth Day, climate change remains a dire concern. The divide between political parties continues to widen, and environmental policy has become an increasingly partisan issue. The spread of disinformation has also made climate change a debatable idea, rather than scientific fact. A new generation of advocates continue the fight to make environmental policy a top priority for the United States and for nations around the globe.
Fashionopolis : the secrets behind the clothes we wear by
Call Number: YA 338.476 THO
A look at fast fashion and its impact on the environment and social justice, perfect for middle grade classrooms Did you ever think about where your jeans come from? How about the people who made your T-shirt, or what happens to the clothes you grow out of when you're done wearing them? The fabrics clothes are made of, the way they are designed and sewn and shipped around the world, and the way we consume them and get rid of them--every step in this process has a big impact on our environment, on the people who work in clothing factories, and on our cultures. This nonfiction book shows us how the clothes we wear--and throw away--every day are made, and what that means for our planet and for people around the world.
How to Change Everything : the young human's guide to protecting the planet and each other by
Call Number: YA 363.738 KLE
Warmer temperatures. Fires in the Amazon. Superstorms. These are just some of the effects of climate change that we are already experiencing. The good news is that we can all do something about it. A movement is already underway to combat not only the environmental effects of climate change but also to fight for climate justice and make a fair and livable future possible for everyone. And young people are not just part of that movement, they are leading the way. They are showing us that this moment of danger is also a moment of great opportunity-an opportunity to change everything. Full of empowering stories of young leaders all over the world, this information-packed book offers a comprehensive look at the state of the climate today and how we got here, while also providing tools to join the fight to protect and reshape the planet you will inherit.
Living Simply : a teen guide to minimalism by
Call Number: YA 646.7 MCG
Twenty-first-century minimalism is an increasingly mainstream response to global environmental crises such as climate change, the garbage glut, fast fashion, and other manifestations of the harmful impact of consumerism. Originally founded in the art world in the decades after World War II, minimalism has evolved into an Earth-friendly lifestyle focusing on the three Rs (reducing, recycling, and reusing) and on simplifying individual needs to reduce one's carbon imprint, manage anxiety and depression, and prioritize human interaction over the impulse to acquire for the sake of acquisition. Hands-on activities, how-to tips, and profiles of practicing minimalists offer real-world examples for incorporating minimalism into your life.
The Most Important Comic Book on Earth : stories to save the world by
Call Number: YA 333.72 MOS
The Most Important Comic Book On Earth is a global collaboration for planetary change, bringing together a diverse team of 300 leading environmentalists, artists, authors, actors, filmmakers, musicians, and more to present over 120 stories to save the world. Whether it s inspirational tales from celebrity names such as Cara Delevingne and Andy Serkis, hilarious webcomics from War and Peas and Ricky Gervais, artworks by leading illustrators David Mack and Tula Lotay, calls to action from activists George Monbiot and Jane Goodall, or powerful stories by Brian Azzarello and Amy Chu, each of the comics in this anthology will support projects and organizations fighting to save the planet and Rewrite Extinction.
No Planet B : a Teen Vogue guide to climate justice by
Call Number: YA 577.27 NO
An urgent call for climate justice from Teen Vogue, one of this generation's leading voices, using an intersectional lens - with critical feminist, indigenous, antiracist and internationalist perspectives. As the political classes watch our world burn, a new movement of young people is rising to meet the challenge of climate catastrophe. This book is a guide, a toolkit, a warning and a cause for hope.
One Earth by
Call Number: YA 920 RAO
One Earth profiles Black, Indigenous and People of Color who live and work as environmental defenders. Through their individual stories, the book shows that the intersection of environment and ethnicity is an asset to achieving environmental goals. The twenty short biographies introduce readers to diverse activists from all around the world, who are of many ages and ethnicities. From saving ancient trees on the West Coast of Canada, to protecting the Irrawaddy dolphins of India, to uncovering racial inequalities in the food system in the United States, these environmental heroes are celebrated by author and biologist Anuradha Rao, who outlines how they went from being kids who cared about the environment to community leaders in their field. One Earth is full of environmental role models waiting to be found.
Tags: Black / African American, Native American / Indigenous, Hispanic / Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, People of Color
Protectors of the Planet : environmental trailblazers from 7 to 97 by
Call Number: YA 333.72 BAS
Many young people are rudely awakening to the fact that unchecked climate change and other widespread environmental issues paint a gloomy picture of their future. This knowledge can lead to a sense of fear, helplessness or worse, apathy. This book aims to help stem those concerns by shining an inspiring and entertaining light on the lives of daring, dedicated individuals whose great passion, talents, and heart are helping to tip the environmental balance away from destruction and collapse towards hope, healing and personal empowerment. Based on personal interviews and extensive research, this book will tell engaging stories about a wide variety of people who share a great passion for the environment. But beyond a deep personal connection with nature, these "environmental trailblazers" are doing truly unique and amazing things to protect the environment, while leading others down greener paths.
Urgent Message from a Hot Planet : navigating the climate crisis by
Call Number: YA 577.276 ERI
Scientists have warned for over 100 years that burning fossil fuels and destroying nature will warm the earth's atmosphere and affect the climate in adverse ways: more severe and intense storms, prolonged heat waves, drought, flooding, wildfires, rising sea levels and ocean acidification. Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis outlines the science behind global heating and its root causes, provides ways to take action and honors the efforts of the millions of youth and adult allies from around the world working tirelessly to make a difference. Their powerful message: do something now!
The Story of More : how we got to climate change and where to go from here by
Call Number: YA 363.738 JAH
Hope Jahren, acclaimed geochemist and geobiologist, details the science behind key inventions, clarifying how electricity, large-scale farming, and automobiles have both helped and harmed our world. She explains the current and projected consequences of unchecked global warming, from superstorms to rising sea levels, resulting from the unprecedented amounts of greenhouse gases being released into our atmosphere. The links between human consumption habits and our endangered existence are very real, with consequences leading to a crossroads of survival and extinction. Still, Jahren maintains that our ever-broadening science-based knowledge can help us counter this dilemma. The eye-opening information provided in The Story of More will help readers understand the path we must take. If we collectively make informed choices now, Jahren reassures us, our future can be as bright as we imagine it can be
A Hot Mess : how the climate crisis is changing our world by
Call Number: YA 363.738 FLE
We already know what climate change is and many of us understand the human causes. But what will climate change do to our world? Who will be affected (spoiler: all of us!) and how will our lives change in the future? Topics include sea levels, extreme weather, drought, animal and plant extinction, and human and animal migration. Drawing on real-life situations and stories, journalist Jeff Fleischer takes an informed, approachable look at how our world will likely change as a result of our actions, including suggestions on what we can still do to slow down these unprecedented effects.
Earth will survive* : *but we may not by
Call Number: YA 304.2 COP
What is Earth's history, including the history of life? Where is Earth headed, and what can we do? A middle school science teacher addresses these questions with a friendly narrative voice and a focus both on how science is done and the diverse people who do it. Women like Mary Anning and Rachel Carson get equal attention to men like James Hutton and Georges Cuvier. Present problems of the Earth discussed include not only climate change but human-caused extinctions, plastic pollution, and invasive species. A final section suggests things kids can do to make a difference, from changing their behavior as consumers to recycling, energy use, and voting.
Hothouse Earth : the climate crisis and the importance of carbon neutrality by
Call Number: YA 363.738 MCP
As hurricanes, droughts, floods, and wildfires are increasing in regularity and intensity, climate change can no longer be ignored. Melting permafrost, forest dieback, ocean acidification, and other processes are creating positive feedback loops which could, if not aggressively and quickly addressed, spiral out of control and take global warming past the point of no return. Hothouse Earth examines how science, politics, and social justice must all be part of the equation to counteract climate change. Climate change affects our everyday lives, and scientists and young people like you are looking into what we can do to fix it.
Imaginary Borders by
Call Number: YA 304.28 MAR
In this personal, moving essay, environmental activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez uses his art and his activism to show that climate change is a human issue that can't be ignored.
Tags: Indigenous (Mexica)
The Story of Seeds : from Mendel's garden to your plate, and how there's more of less to eat around the world by
Call Number: YA 581.467 CAS
Something as small as a seed can have a worldwide impact. Did you know there are top-secret seed vaults hidden throughout the world? And once a seed disappears, that's it--it's gone forever? With the growth of genetically modified foods, the use of many seeds is dwindling--of 80,000 edible plants, only about 150 are being cultivated. With a global cast of men and women, scientists and laypeople, and photographic documentation, Nancy Castaldo chronicles where our food comes from, and more importantly, where it is going as she digs deeper into the importance of seeds in our world. This empowering book also calls young adult readers to action with suggestions as to how they can preserve the variety of one of our most valuable food sources through simple everyday actions.
Vegan Do It! by
Call Number: YA 613.262 WIL
Are you vegan-curious? Vegan Do It! offers a sensible, achievable guide for any young person who is interested in adopting a vegan lifestyle. Vegan Do It! aims to support young people who are curious about trying veganism for themselves with clear, helpful information, advice and support. It explores the ethical issues that convince many to try veganism and outlines how a vegan lifestyle can benefit your health and the environment. Sensible advice features throughout, such as meal planners, how and where to source vegan products, cafes and restaurants chains that serve vegan food, while a selection of healthy, achievable recipes aim to support aspiring vegans in their daily life.
Maker Comics: Grow a Garden! by
Call Number: YA 635 FRE
You can grow a garden--and it's easier than you think! With the easy instructions inside this book, you can grow lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and more. And you don't need a backyard to be a great gardener--just a little bit of space and a lot of sunlight. This comic will walk you through each step, from seed to harvest.
Vegan Cookbook for Teens : 100 easy and nutritious plant-based recipes by
Call Number: YA 641.563 MUS
Make healthy, plant-based meals with this easy teen cookbook Whether teens want to be kinder to animals, the environment, or their own bodies, there are so many good reasons to explore veganism! This teen cookbook makes plant-based cooking fun, flavorful, and easy. It's filled with 100 crave-worthy recipes for both classic comfort foods and creative new flavor combinations. Basic everyday ingredients and step-by-step recipe instructions help simplify vegan cooking so teens can gain confidence and build kitchen skills that will last a lifetime.
Be More Vegan by
Call Number: YA 641.563 WEB
Whether you're ready to commit to a fully plant-based lifestyle or you'd just like to add a few meat-free dishes to your weekly meal plan, this is the ideal guide. It explains the reasons behind going vegan, including environmental, health and animal welfare benefits, in clear and simple language that helps young people make up their own minds. It answers all the nagging questions about nutrition and ethics, as well as giving bang-up-to-date information about the best vegan ingredients, substitutions and food hacks. Best of all, it contains mouthwatering recipes for every situation, from lunchbox staples to midweek meals, and tasty snacks to amazing cakes and desserts. There's so much to love about the vegan life, so get Be More Vegan and start making a difference in the most delicious way possible!
My Vegan Year by
Call Number: YA 641.563 WEB
Millions of young people want to be more plant-based - and this is the first ever young person's guide to the whole vegan year. It's filled with helpful advice and inspiration about how to cut down on (or cut out) meat and dairy, as well as the latest nutritional information to make sure young readers have the all-important facts at their fingertips, free from disinformation. Starting in spring, the book shows you how to make amazing vegan food in every season. As well as over 40 fun, simple and delicious recipes that anyone can try, it's also filled with great tips for every season - from how to grow your own vegetables to the ultimate vegan finger food for the party season. It's a fantastic handbook that's the perfect plant-based companion for 365 days of being vegan!
The Book of Veganish by
Call Number: YA 641.5636 FRE
The Book of Veganish contains everything curious young adults need to help them navigate through the transition to a vegan lifestyle. The 70 simple recipes are perfect for those with tight budgets and rudimentary cooking tools (and skills). Filled with insights on the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet and how to best deal with parents and the rest of the nonvegan world, The Book of Veganish will allow existing and aspiring vegans to feel confident about their new lifestyle choices.
Plasticus Maritimus by
Call Number: YA 363.728 PEG
An imaginative guide to ocean plastics, filled with tips and tricks for identifying-and combating-pollution in our oceans. Inspired by biologist Ana Pego's life's work, and filled with engaging science and colorful photographs, this foundational look at plastic pollution in the ocean explains why it is such an urgent contemporary issue. When she was young, Ana Pego didn't play in a backyard, but on a beach. As she grew older, Pego noticed a new species at the seaside: plastic. She decided to collect it, study it, and give it a Latin name-Plasticus maritimus-to warn people of its dangers to our planet. Pego tells us how plastics end up in our rivers, lakes, and oceans, shares plastic's chemical composition and physical properties, and offers a field guide to help readers identify and understand this new invasive species in all its forms, from the obvious (fishing nets and water bottles) to the unfamiliar (tiny, clear particles called microplastics). An artificial and almost indestructible species, Plasticus maritimus deserves to have its days numbered! Together, we can send it packing.
Taking on the Plastics Crisis by
Call Number: YA 333.72 TES
In this personal, moving essay, youth activist Hannah Testa shares with readers how she led a grassroots political campaign to successfully pass state legislation limiting single-use plastics and how she influenced global businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. Through her personal journey, readers can learn how they, too, can follow in Hannah's footsteps and lower their carbon footprint by simply refusing single-use plastics.
Into the Deep : science, technology, and the quest to protect the ocean by
Call Number: YA 551.46 PET
Containing 97 percent of Earth's water supply, the ocean plays a huge role in regulating global temperatures, supporting plant and animal life, and contributing to the livelihoods of millions of people. But in spite of all this, the ocean remains drastically unexplored, and the details of its impact on human lives aren't fully understood. Scientists from around the world are realizing that to address issues plaguing the ocean, such as dead zones, coral bleaching, and climate change, we need to better understand this incredible, unique feature of our planet. With a range of impressive, cutting-edge technologies at their disposal, oceanographers have set out to measure, sample, and analyze at every turn. Every day, mysteries about the ocean are being solved, and every day, new questions come to light. The more scientists learn, the better they are able to answer these new questions. What lies in the deep? And who is at the forefront of these exciting discoveries?
Where Have All the Bees Gone? by
Call Number: YA 595.799 HIR
Apples, blueberries, peppers, cucumbers, coffee, and vanilla. If you like these things, then you might want to thank a bee! Bees pollinate 75 percent of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts grown in the United States. Around the world, bees pollinate $24 billion worth of crops each year. Without bees, humans would face a drastically reduced diet. We need bees to grow the foods that keep us healthy. But numbers of bees are falling, and that has scientists alarmed. What's causing the decline? Some bee species are even teetering on the brink of extinction! Learn about the many bee species on Earth - their nests, their colonies, their life cycles, and their vital connection to flowering plants. Most importantly, find out how you can help these important pollinators.
Pollination Problems : the battle to save bees and other vital animals by
Call Number: YA 571.864 BAI
With straightforward, well-researched text, the Protecting the Earth's Animals series tackles hot-button environmental issues while explaining the damaging effects humans have had on the natural world and what we can do to mitigate those effects. Though honeybees and their disturbing disappearances are front and center in Pollination Problems, this volume takes a grounded look at the pollination process and the range of factors, environmental or man-made, that can derail it.
This Book Is Cruelty Free : animals and us by
Call Number: YA 179.3 NEW
This guide for teens demystifies the morals and ethics around animals, wildlife and the environment. How can we follow a cruelty-free diet? What are the ethics around pet ownership? What are the issues around show animals-zoos, circuses, and holiday attractions? Why are insects important? This essential book teaches us how to question ourselves, our family, our friends, and society, and make the right choices to live a cruelty-free life.
Beyond Words: What Wolves and Dogs Think and Feel (a Young Reader's Adaptation) by
Call Number: YA 591.56 SAF
Eye-opening, wise, and filled with triumphant and heartbreaking stories about the wolf population at Yellowstone (as well as some personal anecdotes about dogs), Beyond Words: What Wolves and Dogs Think and Feel accessibly explores the mysteries of animal thought and behavior for young readers.Weaving decades of field research with exciting new discoveries about the brain, and complete with astonishing photos, Beyond Words offers an extraordinary look at what makes these animals different from us, but more importantly, what makes them similar, namely, their feelings of joy, grief, anger, and love.These similarities between human and nonhuman consciousness and empathy allow the reader to reexamine how we interact with animals as well as how we see our own place in the world.
World Wild Vet by
Call Number: YA 636.089 ANT
Star of Animal Planet's Evan Goes Wild and People magazine's "Pet Vet" Dr. Evan Antin takes readers beyond his viral Instagram posts right into the wild world with him. World Wild Vet is an up close and personal look at planet earth, in all its wild glory. But beyond the laugh-out-loud stories and dangerous encounters with some of our planet's most exotic creatures, it is a clarion call to protect our delicate environment.
A Dog in the Cave : the wolves who made us human by
Call Number: YA 636.7 FRY
We know dogs are our best animal friends, but have you ever thought about what that might mean? Fossils show we've shared our work and homes with dogs for tens of thousands of years. Now there's growing evidence that we influenced dogs' evolution--and they, in turn, changed ours. Even more than our closest relatives, the apes, dogs are the species with whom we communicate best. Combining history, paleontology, biology, and cutting-edge medical science, Kay Frydenborg paints a picture of how two different species became deeply entwined--and how we coevolved into the species we are today.
A Weird and Wild Beauty by
Call Number: YA 978.752 PEA
This thorough and insightful history of Yellowstone chronicles an 1871 scientific expedition to-and the eventual creation of-what would become the first U.S. National Park. Peabody, a former ranger who has worked at several national parks, explores how shifting views of nature-and support from the likes of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and John Muir-contributed to the region's preservation. Vivid descriptions, numerous sidebars, and color photographs highlight Yellowstone's dramatic geological features, including hot springs, waterfalls, and canyons; in fact, when explorers wrote about the terrain they encountered, "Yellowstone's turquoise pools, mud puffs, and jetting geysers" helped earn it the nickname Wonderland, after Lewis Carroll's recently published book. At its core, Peabody's narrative explores how wilderness became an integral part of the American identity.
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