Conservation 303.4 DIA Diamond, Jared M. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. 1999.
Traces the development of primitive societies showing why some groups advanced more rapidly than others and how this progression explains why various populations stabilize at specific phases of development while others continue to evolve. 304.2 DIA Diamond, Jared M. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. New York: Viking, 2005.
Presents a comprehensive historical narrative that describes how and why ancient civilizations such as the Anasazi, Maya, and the Polynesian culture on Easter Island failed and fell into ruin and examines how lessons learned from the past can help in preserving the future. 304.2 MCK McKibben, Bill. The End of Nature. New York: Random House, 2006.
Explains the frightening implications of the destruction man has caused to earth's environment and offers possible solutions to the problems by altering human behavior. 304.2 WEI Weisman, Alan. The World Without Us. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.
Presents a narrative nonfiction that examines the human impact upon the earth and how it would respond without the pressure of human presence. 320.5 FRI Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution-- and How it can Renew America. New York: Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Argues that the United States needs to adopt an environmentally friendly national strategy to be healthier, wealthier, and more secure, innovative, and productive. 333.7 SIV Sivertsen, Linda. Generation Green: the Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life. New York: Simon Pulse, 2008.
Offers ideas on living sustainably for teenagers, discussing global warming, shopping, dressing, eating, traveling, and other related topics. 333.72 KER Kerry, John. This Moment on Earth: Today's New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future. New York: BBS/PublicAffairs, 2007.
Examines the environmental crisis facing everyone on Earth, profiles men and women trying to stop the crisis and protect the environment, and identifies practical, simple steps people can take to lessen their impact on the world around them. 333.72 SON Sonneborn, Liz. The Environmental Movement: Protecting Our Natural Resources. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.
Introduces students to the environmental movement, discussing the people, legislation, and events that shaped the movement, as well as its impact on American history in the twentieth century. 338.1 CHE Chevat, Richie. The Omnivore's Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat. New York: Dial Books, 2009.
Examines the origins of the different food chains that have sustained humans throughout history, discussing how certain foods and cuisines have become a popular part of people's daily diets. 338.2 SAN Sandalow, David. Freedom From Oil:How the Next President Can End the United States' Oil Addiction. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008.
Presents an interesting scenerio of what might happen if the next President of the United States made the nation's dependence on oil a top priority, and brings stories of people whose lives have been changed by oil dependence. 363.7 CAR Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962.
Silent spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising the awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution. Scientist and pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson presents a detailed account of the development of military biocides and their derivative cousins: our common pesticides and herbicides.
363.73 FRA Francis, John. Planetwalker. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2008.
John Francis, a man inspired by an oil spill in San Francisco Bay in 1971 to give up using motorized vehicles and take a vow of silence, discusses the reasons why he embarked on his long, silent walk, and explains the meaning of the experience for him and society. 363.73 PRE Pregracke, Chad. From the Bottom Up:One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2007.
Describes the efforts of Chad Pregracke, who took it upon himself to clean up the Mississippi River, and, with the help of others, founded Living Lands and Water, a not-for-profit organization based in East Moline, Illinois. 363.738 GOR Gore, Albert. An Inconvenient Truth: the Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2006.
Former Vice President Al Gore examines the climate crisis that is threatening the future of the planet, describes what the world's governments are doing to correct the problem, and explains why the problem should be taken more seriously. 363.738 GOR Gore, Albert. An Inconvenient Truth: the Crisis of Global Warming. New York: Viking, 2007.
An adaptation of the book in which former Vice President Al Gore examines the climate crisis that is threatening the future of the planet, describes what the world's governments are doing to correct the problem, and explains why the problem should be taken more seriously. 363.738 GOR Gore, Albert. Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis. New York: Melcher, 2009.
Former vice president Al Gore helps children understand the underlying causes of the climate crisis that is threatening the global environment at the start of the twenty-first century and explains what they can do to help reverse the damage. 372.976 TIS Tisserand, Michael. Sugarcane Academy: How a New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School to Remember. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007.
Chronicles the actions of teacher Paul Reynaud, who, after Hurricane Katrina, began a school in a sugarcane field in New Iberia, Louisiana--known as Sugarcane Academy--and taught children who were also displaced by the storm. 520 FLA Walker, Sally M. We are the Weather Makers: the History of Climate Change. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick, 2009.
Offers a look at the history of climate change, how it will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. 551.6 LYN Lynas, Mark. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2008.
Contains case studies that provide science-based speculations on what might occur on Earth as the global average temperature increases--as projected--by six degrees. 577.2 BAR Barnosky, Anthony D. Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming. Washington, DC: Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2009.
Discusses connections between future centuries and the end of the last ice age, covering the fast pace at which plant and animal species are changing and disappearing and the steps humanity can take to try stopping global warming. 615.9 GRO Grossman, Elizabeth. Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2009.
Investigates the field of green chemistry, introducing scientists who are working to free the world of toxic chemicals found in products used in everyday life. 810 AME American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau. New York: Library of America, 2008.
An anthology of American environmental writing produced since the nineteenth century, featuring works that have contributed to the advancement of the environmental movement, including the essays of Henry David Thoreau, selections from Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," and Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land."
910 REV Revkin, Andrew. The North Pole was Here:Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World. Boston: Kingfisher, 2007.
The author describes his expedition to the North Pole where he followed oceanographers as they examined the mysteries of climate modeling and global warming. 917.404 BRY Bryson, Bill. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian
Trail. New York: 1998.
Bryson share his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend. The two encounter eccentric characters, a blizzard, getting lost, and rude yuppies along the way. 917.47 MCK McKibben, Bill. Wandering Home: a Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape, Vermont's Champlain Valley and New York's Adirondacks. New York: Crown Publishers, 2005.
Bill McKibben recounts the experiences he had during a three-week walk from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks. 920 FAB Faber, Doris. Nature and the Environment. New York: Scribner, 1991.
Examines the life stories of twentysix individuals from around the world who made notable contributions as naturalists, conservationists, or environmentalists. 921 CARSON Levine, Ellen. Rachel Carson: a Twentieth-Century Life. New York: Puffin Books, 2008.
Examines the life and career of marine biologist and environmentalist Rachel Carson. 921 CHAIN Beach, Patrick. A Good Forest for Dying: the Tragic Death of a Young Man on the Front Lines of the Environmental Wars. New York: Doubleday, 2003.
Traces the history of conflicts between environmental concerns and economic interests in the American West and discusses why those tensions came to a head in the redwood forests of Scotia, California, in 1998 when an Earth First! activist was crushed by a tree felled by a disgruntled logger. 921 DOUGLAS Doherty, Kieran. Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Guardian of the 'Glades. Brookfield, CT: Twenty-First Century Books, 2002.
A biography of the Florida environmental activist whose efforts on behalf of the Everglades have resulted in the protection and revitalization of that area. 921 GREENLAW Greenlaw, Linda. The Hungry Ocean: a Swordboat Captain’s Journey. New York: Hyperion, 1999.
Sea captain Linda Greenlaw tells the story of a grueling thirty-day swordfishing voyage during which she and her five-man crew encountered savage weather, equipment failure, and sharks, along with the routine work of operating a fishing boat; and discusses other aspects of her unusual career. 921 MAATHAI Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed: a memoir. New York: Anchor Books, 2007.
Kenyan environmentalist, feminist, and political activist Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, tells her life story. FIC ABB Abbey, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang. New York: Perennial Classics, 2000.
A group of four individualists, including a mad doctor, a polygamist outdoorsman, a sexy revolutionary, and a burnt-out veteran, join forces in an attempt to stop the so-called progress destroying the natural environment of the American West. FIC COL Collier, James Lincoln. When the Stars Begin to Fall. New York: Delacorte, 1986.
Angry and frustrated that his entire family is considered to be poor trash, fourteen-year-old Harry defies his father and attempts to prove that a factory is polluting their small Adirondack community. FIC DEF DeFelice, Cynthia C. Lostman's River. New York: Macmillan, 1994.
In the early 1900s, thirteen-year-old Tyler encounters vicious hunters whose actions threaten to destroy the Everglades ecosystem, and as a result joins the battle to protect that fragile environment. FIC GEO George, Jean Craighead. The Talking Earth. New York: Harper & Row, 1983.
Billie Wind ventures out alone into the Florida Everglades to test the legends of her Indian ancestors and learns the importance of listening to the earth's vital messages.
FIC GUT Gutman, Dan. Roberto & Me. New York: Harper, 2010.
Stosh travels back to 1969 to try to prevent the untimely death of Roberto Clemente, a legendary baseball player and humanitarian, but upon his return to the present, he meets his own great-grandson who takes him into the future, and what he finds there is more shocking than anything he has encountered in his travels to the past. FIC HIA Hiaasen, Carl. Flush. New York: Knopf, 2007.
With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home. FIC HIA Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. FIC KIN Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal Dreams. New York: HarperPerennial, 1991.
Codi returns to her hometown to confront her past and face her ailing father. What she finds is a town threatened by an environmental catastrophe and a man who could change her life. FIC KLA Klass, David. California Blue. New York: Scholastic, 1994.
When seventeen-year-old John Rodgers discovers a new sub-species of butterfly which may necessitate closing the mill where his dying father works, they find themselves on opposite sides of an environmental conflict. FIC PEL Pellegrino, Charles R. Dust. New York: Avon Books, 1999.
Paleontologist Richard Sinclair is the first to discover that a series of natural disasters are, in reality, a chain reaction as the environment begins a terrifying war on humanity, leaving Sinclair and a small group of survivors to discover the solution to the world's survival.