How To Celebrate Earth Day in Your New Normal

What a time for a golden anniversary. Celebrated annually since 1970, Earth Day commemorates its 50th year of existence as the world faces an unprecedented global crisis. While this particular Earth Day won't be filled with parades, communal beach cleanups, and school field trips to plant trees, fear not: when there's a will to honor the environment, there's a way.

Plenty of nonprofits are hosting virtual Earth Day activities this year—think virtual runs, fundraising challenges, and games for kids. If added screen time isn't your thing, we recommend giving the plants in your home some extra love, starting a small home-based garden (planting basil seeds in a tiny container counts!), and of course, inspiring your inner environmentalist by listening to some of our favorite earth-loving audio for listeners of all ages.

Braiding Sweetgrass

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science....

The 3-Day Effect

Does nature really make us feel better? The 3-Day Effect takes a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier, and more creative....

Earth Day Every Day

On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an Earth Day club with her friends....

Silent Spring

First published in 1962, Silent Spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future....

The Upcycle

The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, the most consequential ecological manifesto of our time....

Parable of the Sower

Among the first fictions that you might term “eco-feminist,” if you were in a terming mood. This series is now a classic, and underlines a true thing: The condition of women and the condition of the environment are closely joined. These three books follow the small community of Earthseed as it struggles against both horrible conditions and horrible people. Much to ponder.

Down to Earth

Discover Monty's thoughts and garden ideas around nature, seasons, colour, design, pests, flowering shrubs, containers and much more.... 

The Hidden Life of Trees

How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known....

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet....

The Invention of Nature

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery....

Zero Waste Home

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste....

The Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a reciprocal relationship....

The Great Derangement

In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability - at the level of literature, history, and politics - to grasp the scale and violence of climate change....

Little House in the Big Woods

Told from four-year-old Laura's point of view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin....

The Big Melt

In The Big Melt, Rolling Stone contributing editor and leading environmental journalist Jeff Goodell takes the listener up close and personal to one of the world’s most remote locations—Western Antarctica—and to the foot of the staggeringly important Thwaites Glacier....

The Enchanted Life

A self-help guide that offers a set of practical and grounded tools for enchanting our daily lives, leading to a greater sense of meaning and of belonging to the world....

The Uninhabitable Earth

An "epoch-defining book" (The Guardian) and "this generation’s Silent Spring" (The Washington Post), The Uninhabitable Earth is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it....

Where the Water Goes

The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone....

This Changes Everything

In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care....

The Overstory

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond....

Miss Rumphius

The true story of Miss Rumphius, who made the world a more beautiful place with a handful of seeds....

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations....

The Victory Garden

As the Great War continues to take its toll, 21-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage....

Braiding Sweetgrass

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science....

The 3-Day Effect

Does nature really make us feel better? The 3-Day Effect takes a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier, and more creative....

Earth Day Every Day

On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an Earth Day club with her friends....

Silent Spring

First published in 1962, Silent Spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future....

The Upcycle

The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, the most consequential ecological manifesto of our time....

Parable of the Sower

Among the first fictions that you might term “eco-feminist,” if you were in a terming mood. This series is now a classic, and underlines a true thing: The condition of women and the condition of the environment are closely joined. These three books follow the small community of Earthseed as it struggles against both horrible conditions and horrible people. Much to ponder.

Down to Earth

Discover Monty's thoughts and garden ideas around nature, seasons, colour, design, pests, flowering shrubs, containers and much more.... 

The Hidden Life of Trees

How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known....

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet....

The Invention of Nature

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery....

Zero Waste Home

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste....

The Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a reciprocal relationship....

The Great Derangement

In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability - at the level of literature, history, and politics - to grasp the scale and violence of climate change....

Little House in the Big Woods

Told from four-year-old Laura's point of view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin....

The Big Melt

In The Big Melt, Rolling Stone contributing editor and leading environmental journalist Jeff Goodell takes the listener up close and personal to one of the world’s most remote locations—Western Antarctica—and to the foot of the staggeringly important Thwaites Glacier....

The Enchanted Life

A self-help guide that offers a set of practical and grounded tools for enchanting our daily lives, leading to a greater sense of meaning and of belonging to the world....

The Uninhabitable Earth

An "epoch-defining book" (The Guardian) and "this generation’s Silent Spring" (The Washington Post), The Uninhabitable Earth is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it....

Where the Water Goes

The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone....

This Changes Everything

In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care....

The Overstory

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond....

Miss Rumphius

The true story of Miss Rumphius, who made the world a more beautiful place with a handful of seeds....

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations....

The Victory Garden

As the Great War continues to take its toll, 21-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage....

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