Musings

Happy Earth Day!

In case you guys weren’t aware, our lovely planet is extremely important.

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Pic from nasa.gov – Thanks NASA!

Without the trees that grow on our planet, we wouldn’t be able to have printed books – and is the world really worth living in without printed books? Not in my opinion!

Though we couldn’t have (printed) books without the earth, books also give back. In many cases, they remind us to take care of the planet we’re living on because currently it’s the only one we’ve got.

To celebrate our wonderful home planet today, here are some great books, in no particular order, that remind us why we need to protect it.

  1. The Frost on His Shoulders, Lorenzo Mediano 51scdxhdkil-_sy344_bo1204203200_
    -I randomly found this book while visiting a good friend in Buffalo, NY a couple of years ago. It’s short, a little under 150 pages, and poignant. Set in the 1930s in the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain, it’s a story of star-crossed lovers and societal constructs. But Mediano is also an environmentalist, and throughout this book there’s strong commentary on how we treat our surroundings – nature and people alike.
  2. The Martian, Andy Weir
    -So we already know on this blog how much I enjoyed this book. And while it might be strange to put a book about surviving on a different planet on a list about protecting our own, I think it totally fits (and of course I do – it’s my list). The reality is The Martian is not even close to our reality. We cannot, currently, function on Mars – even if we were a super botanist astronaut. We’ve only got Earth, and we should be conscious of that.
  3. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
    -The first in the MaddAdams Trilogy, this book is a great reminder of the burden technological and scientific advancements can bestow on us. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Snowman is still capable of living off the land, but that’s not the only thing meant to remind us that nature should often be left as it is. Told through flashbacks, we learn the story of how Jimmy turned into Snowman, and how experimentation of hybrid animals and genetic mutations of humans doesn’t exactly bode well for anybody – even if the original goal is to save the planet from destructive humans.
  4. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
    61mvivaursl-Bear with me here. I get it, Fahrenheit 451 is is about about saving books. But when you look deeper, it’s about saving everything. The rise of instant media, giant wall tv screens, 100 foot long billboards, that’s all led (in the book) to the mass devaluing of intelligence, conversation and empathy amongst humans. There’s a war going on, but no one cares. Bradbury’s quintessential scifi novel preaches that we must be aware of ourselves and our surroundings in order to avoid the mistakes of the past. When nuclear bombs are dropped,it’s only those who have worked to save literature who can salvage the city. This book preaches that we must take care of our minds to take care of everything else.
  5. Atlantia, Ally Condie
    -This book can only exist because there are people (myself included more than I’d like to admit) who don’t care enough about their physical surroundings. It talks of a city underwater, who have only survived on the planet because they
  6. moved underwater after “Above” was destroyed. To stay Below is to live, to go Above is to sacrifice and ensure the survival of humanity. Just let that sink in, no pun intended. Of course, as it often is in literature, not everything is what it seems. But even just this book’s existence should be enough to give us pause. Are we doing enough to protect our planet for future generations?
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