Fave Reads: Our Planet

Our planet is changing. It’s inevitable and overwhelming. What can I, as a Midwestern soccer mom, possibly do about it?

As I learned from these books, I can do a lot surprisingly. In a country devoid of climate change political leadership, we still have the power as individuals to make an impact.

  • Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love by Simran Sethi – When the title of a book incorporates your three favorite foods, you are compelled to read it! Takeaway: Make sure the delicacies I am stuffing my face with are chosen thoughtfully. Sustainable agriculture is driven by consumer demand.
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan – Despite have a Great Lake practically in my backyard, I was pretty ignorant about the history and ecology of the system that holds 20% of the world’s fresh water. A thought-provoking read on how seemingly simple decisions can have catastrophic implications years later.
  • Barkskins by Annie Proulx –. Starting with French immigrants clearing forest in pre-colonial Canada, and ending with modern-day environmentalists, this sprawling novel follows several generations of a family’s relationship with the land. A long, but captivating, read.
  • The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell – Some of the year’s most iconic images were of submerged citizens and their homes in Houston, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys. With sea level on the rise, hurricanes intensifying, and coastal development continuing, these scenes will become increasingly commonplace. ·       
  • Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken – Essentially the encyclopedia of climate change. A comprehensive look at one hundred ways to fight global warming, from simple to sophisticated.

This is the fifth installment in a series of  my favorite books I read in 2017. I did a similar series in 2016 and 2015.

How does this worker-bee/soccer-mom/rickety-runner find time to read 50 books a year? This is my secret.