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Essential Earth Day Reading from Chelsea Green

In 1970, the first Earth Day celebrations were organized across college campuses in the United States, sparking a movement that Chelsea Green has both inspired and been inspired by for more than three decades. Today, as folks across the country prepare for a Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. next weekend, we’re pausing to reflect on how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, and how to bring the climate conversation to the next level. In fact, Foreword Magazine recently asked us a very good question about our plans for future books on climate change: How should Chelsea Green and others respond to the new political reality? Senior Editor Joni Praded shared a bit of our philosophy on publishing:

Books on our list map out the big picture and dive into on-the-ground solutions. They investigate the links between climate and growth, teach farmers and ranchers how to enrich soil so that it stores more and more carbon in the ground, help business leaders motivate change in their companies and industries, and build the systems-thinking skills necessary to tackle such a complex issue. Some also explore the way we communicate about climate, and the way we cope with and adapt to a changing world. Many point to ways in which building resiliency also improves our lives.

But for us and other publishers, the current political reality heightens the urgency of the climate issue, and calls upon us to address it in new ways, bring unconventional solutions to the table, and balance books that have short, medium, and long-term impacts—as well as shelf lives. Sharing knowledge rapidly but wisely will be key.

And went on to include four pieces of advice for anyone communicating about climate.


If you’re ready to dive deeper, Praded also compiled her recommendations for an Earth Day Reading List.

Earth Day Essentials by Chelsea Green

  1. Miraculous Abundance
  2. What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming
  3. The End of Stationarity
  4. 2052
  5. Doughnut Economics
  6. Reinventing Fire
  7. Grass, Soil, Hope
  8. Cows Save the Planet
  9. The Permaculture City
  10. The Carbon Farming Solution
  11. God, Wasps and Stranglers
  12. Surviving the Future

These titles, along with all our books in Farm & Garden are currently 35% off through May 1st. Happy reading, and happy Earth Day!


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