April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
Earth Day 1970 marked the beginning of the environmental movement in the United States:
By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act. Two years later Congress passed the Clean Water Act. A year after that, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act and soon after the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These laws have protected millions of men, women and children from disease and death and have protected hundreds of species from extinction.–earthday.org/history
On Earth Day 2020, the Earth Day Network is organizing Earth Day Live–a digital celebration of our planet!
Visit earthday.org on April 22 as we build an Earth Day unlike any other — We’re flooding the digital landscape with livestreamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are.
But you can also celebrate Earth Day in the real world around your own home:
Plant some vegetable or flower seeds
Start a compost pile
Commit to stop using single use plastic products (e.g. water bottles and yogurt containers)
Clean up your garden
Go for a walk (while social distancing, of course!) or ride a bike
Read a book instead of watching media/being online
Prepare and eat only plant-based foods
I’m sure you can think of other eco-friendly activities!
Happy Earth Day!
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!
by Gaz Oakley
Over 70 amazing recipes for the festive season.
Battles that Changed History
Edited by Philip Parker
Relive 5,000 years of world-changing combat with this guide to the most famous battles in history.
by Christopher Woods
This sumptuous global tour of modern gardens spotlights 50 modern gardens that push boundaries and define natural beauty in significant ways.
The Death of Hitler: The Final Word
Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina
Answers the lingering questions surrounding Hitler’s death in his bunker using unprecedented access to secret Russian archives and offer eyewitness accounts of the dictator’s final days.
The Lego Book
by Daniel Lipkowitz
Celebrate the 60-year history of the iconic LEGO brick.
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
by Dr. Steven Novella
An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts.
Series Update: Eyewitness Travel Guides
These beautifully practical books, now offered in a lightweight format, boast inspirational covers, expertly curated travel content, and Instagram-worthy photography.
Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: 122 Inventions that Changed the World
by Jean-Marie Donat
Discover the designs behind some of the most amazing inventions ever imagined, with images taken from the original patents.
On the Ganges
by George Black
Journey along one of the world’s greatest rivers and catch a glimpse into the lives and cultures of the people who live along its banks.
Now that the days are at their longest and the sun’s rays are the most direct, proper use of effective sunscreen is essential and insures that summer fun in the sun does not cause skin damage. To select the most protective products as well as the least harmful, consult the Environmental Working Group’s annual Guide to Sunscreens.
From the EWG website:
The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.
We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
Since 2007, when EWG published its first Sunscreen Guide, many sun protection products sold in the U.S. are safer and federal regulators have cracked down on some of the worst phony marketing claims. But our investigation of more than 880 beach and sport sunscreens, 480 moisturizers and 120 lip products with SPF for our 11th annual guide found that serious concerns remain.