Want to learn more about how you can help? Here are just a few of our favorite books, websites, and other environmental resources.--Jessica Jones
Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day (The Mountaineer Books, $15)
Edited by Brangien Davis with Katharine Wroth
From the people behind the not-for-profit, independent online magazineGrist.org comes this guide on how to live a greener life, every hour of every day. The humorous handbook, small enough to tote, takes readers through a full 24 hours of daily decisions -- including what to eat, what to wear, how to decorate your home, and what to feed your pet.
The Environment Equation: 100 Factors That Can Add to or Subtract from Your Total Carbon Footprint (Adams Media, $10)
By Alex Shimo-Barry with Christopher J. Maron
Thishandy book clearly outlines 100 common items and activities and thepositive or negative impact -- quantified in pounds of carbon dioxide-- that each has on the environment. Tips are broken down intoone-page, fact-filled chapters that are spelled out in plain English, void of confusing terminology.
Earth Matters (DK Publishing, $25)
By David de Rothschild
Just like our favorite textbooks in school, this hardback “encyclopedia of ecology” is heavy on the pictures and light on the words. (Sometimes less really is more.) Still, the book’s message is conveyed loud and clear through annotated maps, graphs, photos, and illustrations. Perfect for kids and adults.
True Green at Work: 100 Ways You Can Make the Environment Your Business (National Geographic Society, $20)
By Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin with Tim Wallace
Even the smallest changes can make a big difference, down to the pens you write with. That’s the sentiment echoed time and time again in this practical guide, which offers realistic alternatives to your usual work-related behaviors. Short nuggets of information on colorfully illustrated pages make for a fast read, so you can share it with your coworkers.
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (Library of America, $40)
Edited by Bill McKibben
Writer/activist Bill McKibben presents a comprehensive anthology of environmental writing dating back to Henry David Thoreau. Nearly 1,000 pages inlength, brief it isn’t. But the insight offered by more than 100 conservationists and a foreword by Al Gore make this collection well worth the read.
The Green Guide
National Geographic has been publishing the Green Guideas a newsletter since 1994. This year, it launches formally as an independent quarterly publication full of green tips and handy tear-outs. Hard-copy subscriptions cost $15, and, greener still, e-subscriptions are available for $12.
Remember having to wear all your older siblings’ hand-me-downs when you were akid? Freecycle is a lot like that -- except way better. The grassrootsnonprofit site is made up of more than 4,000 (and counting) localizedgroups across the globe run entirely by volunteers. Members postunwanted, reusable items they are willing to give away. It’s likeCraigslist, but everything posted is free.
Want to know which foods are easiest on the planet? Looking to greenify your beauty regimen? Simply type any product or activity into this easy-to-use search engine and get a whole host of related tips and tricks to reduce your carbon footprint.
A one-stop shop for all things green, this website boasts an oft-updated staff blog (in addition to a user-generated blog), daily newsletters,videos, and a weekly radio show. A respected authority in the environmental sect (it’s been called the green CNN), Tree Hugger presents serious news and advice in easily digestible, enjoyable bits.
Google Earth Outreach
Everyone’s favorite time waster can be useful, too, and not just for seeing how your house looks from way high above. Hundreds of individually downloadable KMLs (HTMLs for geographic browsers) allow users to see the habitats of endangered animals and learn more about each species with the click of a mouse, track the changing ocean levels over time, learn more about green buildings around the world, monitor current airquality across the globe, and more.
If DailyCandy was entirely eco-friendly, it would be Ideal Bite. Founded by and written for modern, on-the-go women, the site and its daily e-newsletters offer “bite-sized ideas” for conscious living -- from how to throw a green dinner party to sustainable (but still stylish) fashions.