With spring here and Earth Day fast approaching, there are lots of new books coming out on environmental topics for the readers concerned about green living and sustainability. Here is a sampling…
Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish
Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld’s U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs could ever be met in captivity. When two fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove decided that SeaWorld’s wildly popular programs were both detrimental to the whales and ultimately unsafe for trainers.
All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West
An homage to the West and to two great writers who set the standard for all who celebrate and defend it. Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists from Stegner’s birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey’s pilgrimages to Arches National Park in Utah, braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West.
Off Grid Living: 23 Techniques With Step-By-Step Instructions on How to Live Off-the-Grid and Survive in the Wild
What are the odds you could fend for yourself without the basic modern convenience of electric power? Proponents of survival skills often seek to do without electricity or other utilities knowing that in a crisis their service would be interrupted. And for many years that strategy seemed the smartest. But gradually technological advances have made it possible to provide our own sources of power, water purification and even connectivity to internet so you can maintain communications with others without relying on the ground based services that can be disrupted.