Notable: Just one planet

Published April 19, 2013


Just one planet

Monday marks 43 years since the first Earth Day; these books urge us to keep working on protecting our environment.

The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-in Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation (Hill and Wang) by Adam Rome is a history of the first Earth Day, which had more participants than any civil rights or antiwar demonstration of the 1960s, and of its lasting legacy.

Save the Humans! (Vintage Canada) by Rob Stewart is a memoir by a young environmentalist and documentary filmmaker (Sharkwater) whose cause is raising awareness of mass extinctions caused by humans.

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste (Scribner) by Bea Johnson is about a family of four who reduced their expenses by 40 percent and the amount of garbage they produce to an astounding 1 quart per year.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor