Today, April 22, 2021, is Earth Day!
On December 7, 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 took the famous Blue Marble photograph of our home planet, a later edition of which you see on the left. For the first time we could see our home as the speck in the universe that it is, impossibly precious and vulnerable.
In the 49 years since that first photograph we have learned more about the damage we are doing to the surface, air and seas of our biosphere 1. Every year in April we take honor the Earth and think about what we can do to try to preserve her and keep her in a condition to sustain us.
If you’re interested in online activities around Earth Day, visit the Earth Day website. Events begin on Friday April 20 and continue through the weekend. If you’re interested in reading matter to support your Earth Day interest or projects, visit the Apache Junction Public Library. Here are just a few of the books that might be of interest:
- Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better by Crissy Trask
- Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson
- Do the Green Thing by Penny Pennybacker
- The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers
- True Green @ Work by Kim McKay and Jenny Donnin
- No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
- The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook by Greg Pahl
- Fueling Our Future by Robert L. Evans
- Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
- Green Careers in Energy (Peterson’s Guide)
- Energy Alternatives (Opposing Viewpoints Series)