Earth Month is drawing to a close. But is a single day or month dedicated to the earth enough? We do live here every day.
We should always celebrate Mother Nature and strive to preserve our planet. Why not?
Earth Month might be over, but we’ve got some great books about greening up your environment, being a great community member and using the resources we all share wisely. With this reading list, you can keep the earth month spirit alive all year long!
Gulf Coast Gardening with Randy Lemmon
Randy Lemmon is the host of Houston’s GardenLine radio program, on Newsradio 740 KTRH. Over 1.4 million Houstonians garden for a hobby or pastime, and GardenLine is where they listen for advice and information on gardening and landscaping. Every Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m.-10 a.m., (on line at http://www.ktrh.com) GardenLine’s Randy Lemmon answers listeners’ questions on everything from aphids to zoysias. He’s Houston’s absolute expert on lawns and gardens, offering help to listeners both with and without “green thumbs.” Randy’s a Texas Aggie who truly KNOWS plants and flowers. He explains them with ease and candor, and is as competent a “plant” person as there is. He studies, and he practices. He embraces “new methods” as well as the “old” ways of dealing with problems. Gulf Coast Gardening with Randy Lemmon is the first in a series of self-published books by Randy Lemmon Consulting.
Simple Solar Homesteading
SIMPLE SOLAR HOMESTEADING: Self-Help This book is for anyone thinking about or already living off-grid that wants to learn how to build simple solar projects to make life easier. Includes 15 plans with many pictures, drawings and material list. Learn to build: a solar cabin, solar composting toilet, solar water heater, solar food dehydrator, rainwater harvesting system, root/storm cellar, drill a water well and more… Also included: How and where to find cheap homestead property and a resource guide for homesteader supplies.
Create a Comic Project: Climate Change
For those who want a way to teach kids about climate change that isn’t just solid blocks of text, this comic is for you! It presents all of the important details about climate change (greenhouse gases, models, recent discoveries) and allows kids to create their own stories about the phenomenon! This interactive comic is a perfect learning tool, featuring brilliant art from Ryan Estrada and written by John Baird.
Is It Climate Change Yet? (Full Color Version)
Full Color Version Thomas Baehr created the strip POLE in 2005. In the same year the New York Press published it for the first time. Since then, the penguins appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, and the internet in the USA and in Europe. “Combining existential dread with cute gags, Thomas Baehr’s beautifully drawn penguins are somehow both pessimistic about our ability to stave off climate change and cheekily endearing. It may be dark, but these penguins are whistling.” (From Ruben Bolling’s Introduction) The strip won GO COMICS’ Fortune Cookie Challenge in 2013. “Is It Climate Change Yet?” is the second collection.
The Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal
For next-level nature journal keepers. Keeping a standard nature journal is fun and useful. But sometimes you want more of a challenge. The Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal teaches you how to collect scientifically useful information. Whether you’re a citizen scientist or a local amateur naturalist, you can create information that can be used by future generations to take care of the land. The Grinnell Scientific Journal: For Citizen Scientists, Students, and Nature Journal Keepers provides easy-to-understand directions on creating detailed field notes using the method created by Joseph Grinnell, the first director of the University of California’s Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Learn how to participate in citizen science, use animal and plant ethograms, record phenology, and create a seasonal round.
Making the Green Grade: Sustainability 101 for Classrooms
This book, Making the Green Grade, is designed to help guide your K-12 classroom on a path to sustainability. Its three sections work together to form a comprehensive resource for teachers-—from simple steps for energy efficiency and water conservation to collaboration with students and their families. *Note: this book makes reference to an associated CD of helpful sustainability assessment spreadsheets – you may purchase these “Assessment Tools” separately from SSC.*
This is a full color version of my book on Natural Farming for Sustainable Agriculture in the Tropics.
Balanced Beekeeping I: Building a Top Bar Hive
Top bar beekeeping really is ‘beekeeping for everyone’ – including people with mobility problems, bad backs, or a general reluctance to lift boxes: there is no heavy lifting once your hive is in place, as honey is harvested by the comb rather than by the box. Top bar hives are good for bees, good for the beekeeper and good for the environment. In this book, I will show you how easy it can be to build your own hive from scratch, using new or reclaimed timber and a few simple tools. If you can make a decent job of putting up a shelf, you can build yourself a fully functioning hive that bees will be proud to call home. By the author of The Barefoot Beekeeper.