Thursday, June 14, 2007

Reading about the sun ... and the rain and a lot of other things

Environmental Defense has just put out its new 2007 Summer Reading List, which includes a lot of oldies back to Silent Spring. They want to know which has been the most influential book on the environment. Use the list as inspiration, and vote in their list.
Certainly The Silent Spring was an enormous jolt in its time. I think now, Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth provided the biggest earthquake recently in environmental awareness.

I was so inspired by last year's reading list that I took it over last summer and added a few more to it. I thank their staffers for their inspiration!

I have a little Squidoo blog heifer/bonsol, which has links to a lot of these books (way at the bottom.) If you happen to buy one through those links, a little contribution is made to Heifer International.

1 comment:

Mary Witzl said...

I loved 'Silent Spring' not just for its warnings about DDT and other widely used pesticides, but for Rachel Carson's beautiful writing. Although I love the outdoors, nature writing, per se, was never one of my favorite genres until I read Rachel Carson's 'Under the Sea Wind.' I only read this because I happened to have it and had no access to other books written in English at the time, but once I started it I was hooked by her elegant prose and incredible fund of knowledge.