Come on in and feed your mind
a book by Kerry Lorimer
Travel publisher Lonely Planet's first ecotourism guide has plenty of practical tips for socially and environmentally responsible adventurers. But the heart of this book is its daydream-inspiring descriptions of trips--from tracking tigers in India to learning to drum in West Africa to sea kayaking in Sydney Harbor--with minimal impact on the planet and maximum opportunity to connect with people and places.
a book by Robert E. Bieder
Revered as "ancestors" by Native peoples who hunted alongside them, bears were regarded as brutish menaces by European settlers and later romanticized, in the form of cuddly toys, as the real thing disappeared from the wild. That cycle, and what it may mean for the bear's survival, is richly detailed in this entry in the "Animal" series, a set of cultural histories of species from Ant to Whale.
VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL
a book by Svetlana Alexievich
These harrowing first-person accounts from Chernobyl survivors--the widow of a fireman who responded to the meltdown without any protective gear, the soldiers who had to forcibly keep people from their irradiated homes and poisoned gardens--are not easy to read. But as the promise of nuclear power is being touted once again, their stories are an all-too-timely reminder of the possible perils.
EDENS LOST & FOUND
a multimedia project
The ordinary Americans profiled in this PBS series, book, and Web site aren't just improving their own neighborhoods by building parks, cleaning up rivers, and installing public art. With urban populations soaring, their work to enhance the quality of life in cities has global implications. Inspiring examples from Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Seattle show how people can rediscover the natural attributes that made their cities desirable to settle in the first place. edenslostandfound.org
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WHEN THE RIVERS RUN DRY
a book by Fred Pearce
Many explorers have sought to discover where rivers begin; journalist Fred Pearce treks around the world to see where and how they end. His stark documentation of our attempts to control water supplies--which have sparked conflicts, changed cultures, and destroyed communities--is leavened with some hopeful efforts to sustainably manage the ultimate renewable resource.
(Code Green photo courtesy of Lonely Planet)