1Planet Read

Grab the book we're reading this month and some friends, and host or join a monthly 1Planet book discussion. We want this to be a fun way that we can get together—even organize—in our neighborhoods and communities. We’d love to see photos of your gatherings. Post them on our Facebook page, or message us on Instagram and Twitter. #1Planetread

 

1planet read for october

Nearly two years ago, we were alarmed to see an assault on science and the denial of climate change. We believed that the environment, public lands, and public health, were increasingly threatened. We decided we had to DO something, and 1Planet was born. Hope Beneath Our Feet, our 1Planet Read for October, explores the question "how do I live my life," which is especially timely now as we see the environment changing in ways we can no longer ignore and as we approach the November elections.  

Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World, edited by Martin Keogh, creates a space for change with stories, meditations, and essays that address the question, “If our world is facing an imminent environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?” This collection provides tools, both practical and spiritual, to those who care about our world and to those who are just now realizing they need to care. Featuring prominent environmentalists, artists, CEOs, grassroots activists, religious figures, scientists, policy makers, and indigenous leaders, Hope Beneath Our Feet shows readers how to find constructive ways to channel their energies and fight despair with engagement and participation. Presenting diverse strategies for change as well as grounds for hope, the contributors to this anthology celebrate the ways in which we can all engage in beneficial action for ourselves, our communities, and the world.

 

1planet read for september

This September, our 1Planet Read — Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, by Miriam Horn — proves that conservation and free market, sustainability and economic development, and prosperity and environmental protections are not at odds or mutually exclusive. 

Unfolding as a journey down the Mississippi River, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman tells the stories of five representatives of the stewardship movement: a Montana rancher, a Kansas farmer, a Mississippi riverman, a Louisiana shrimper, and a Gulf fisherman. In exploring their work and family histories and the essential geographies they protect, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman challenges pervasive and powerful myths about American and environmental values. 

Many of the men and women doing today’s most consequential environmental work—restoring America’s grasslands, wildlife, soil, rivers, wetlands, and oceans—would not call themselves environmentalists; they would be too uneasy with the connotations of that word. What drives them is their deep love of the land: the iconic terrain where explorers and cowboys, pioneers and riverboat captains forged the American identity. They feel a moral responsibility to preserve this heritage and natural wealth, to ensure that their families and communities will continue to thrive.

Also available as a feature-length documentary narrated by Tom Brokaw and available on Amazon Prime and iTunes.

 

1planet read for august

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks — Our national parks provide evidence of a changing climate. Disappearing glaciers, shifting migration patterns, eroding coasts. In this book, Terry Tempest Williams takes a thoughtful look at our nation's parks and our connection to them. On your staycation or vacation (perhaps to one of our nation’s parks), make plans to get a copy of The Hour of Land and join us for this month’s 1Planet Read. 

The Hour of Land isn’t a guidebook, taking readers through the nation’s most popular or most frequently visited parks — quite the opposite. Instead Williams embarks on an idiosyncratic journey through various landscapes (some empty, some crowded), delving, along the way, into the politics, activism, history and people that are also a crucial part of them.” — The New York Times

America’s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the New York Times bestselling author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks and an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them.

From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas, Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

 

1planet read for JULY

You're More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen  We are in an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. From the election of Donald Trump to the upending of the major political parties to the spread of grassroots movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, people across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power.

Are you ready for this age of bottom-up citizen power? Do you understand what power truly is, how it flows, who has it, and how you can claim and exercise it?

Eric Liu, who has spent a career practicing and teaching civic power, lays out the answers in this incisive, inspiring, and provocative book. Using examples from the left and the right, past and present, he reveals the core laws of power. He shows that all of us can generate power-and then, step by step, he shows us how. The strategies of reform and revolution he lays out will help every reader make sense of our world today. If you want to be more than a spectator in this new era, you need to read this book.

 

1planet read for JUNE

A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States — After a distinguished career in climate science as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, David Goodrich returned home to the United States to find a nation and a people in denial. Concerned that the American people are willfully deluded by the misinformation about climate that dominates media and politics, David thought a little straight talk could set things right. As they say in Animal House, he decided that "this calls for a stupid and futile gesture on someone's part, and I'm just the guy to do it." 

Starting on the beach in Delaware, David rode his bike 4,200 miles to Oregon, talking with the people he met on the ultimate road trip. Along the way he learned a great deal about why climate is a complicated issue for many Americans and even more about the country we all share.

Climate change is the central environmental issue of our time. But A Hole in the Wind is also about the people Dave met and the experiences he had along the way, like the toddler's beauty pageant in Delaware, the tornado in Missouri, rust-belt towns and their relationship with fracking, and the mined-out uranium ghost town in Wyoming. As he rides, David will discuss the climate with audiences varying from laboratories to diners to elementary schools.

Beautifully simple, direct, and honest, A Hole in the Wind is a fresh, refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic, and a rich read that makes you glad to be alive.

 

1planet read for may

The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us — In this book, Diane Ackerman confronts the unprecedented reality that one prodigiously intelligent and meddlesome creature, Homo sapiens, is now the dominant force shaping the future of planet Earth.

Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness." We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and we have even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction. Yet we reckon with our own destructive capabilities in extraordinary acts of hope-filled creativity: we collect the DNA of vanishing species in a "frozen ark," equip orangutans with iPads, and create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. With her distinctive gift for making scientific discovery intelligible to the layperson, Ackerman takes us on an exhilarating journey through our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating—perhaps saving—our future and that of our fellow creatures.

A beguiling, optimistic engagement with the changes affecting every part of our lives, The Human Age is a wise and beautiful book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.

 

1planet read for April

Food is the Solution: What to Eat to Save the World — a fresh, lavishly-designed cookbook that features investigative reporting, compelling infographics, beautiful photography, and more than 80 delicious recipes for Earth-friendly fare by Matthew Prescott — is the 1Planet Read for April. Matthew Prescott is an advisor to the Good Food Institute, Senior Director of Food & Agriculture for The Humane Society of the United States, and a leading figure in the global movement to reform how we farm and eat. Food is the Solution is informative, thoughtful, and beautiful, and a timely pick for this month as we focus on Earth Day and Week and how all of us can make the world a better place by the choices we make every day.

“There’s a place at the table for everyone when it comes to environmental eating, and this book can help you find yours.” — Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

 

1planet read for march

One of the reasons we started 1Planet was to focus on the things we CAN do, not the things we can't. In that spirit, we are excited to share our March 1Planet Read, Climate of Hope. While we know that action on climate change is at a standstill at the federal level (something we hope to change!), there is a lot being done at the local, state, corporate and individual levels. That's reason for hope.

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1planet read for february

Our inaugural 1Planet book of the month is: Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren.  
Geobiologist Hope Jahren writes a very accessible, funny, and insightful book about her life as a scientist who studies plants. She invites us all to be scientists with her in discovery and appreciation of the natural world. She also shares her personal challenges, and we see her struggle, but revel in her strength. Her voice reminds us a little of Cheryl Strayed in Wild. We think this strong woman who has dedicated her life to science and the natural world, while keeping it real, is the perfect first book for our 1Planet Read. 

“A scientific memoir that’s beautifully human.” —Popular Science