Happy Earth Day! Today, people around the world are celebrating our planet and raising awareness about environmental issues. Here are some fun ways to celebrate with a few book-inspired ideas.
Switch off some of those electrical devices and read a good, old-fashioned book.
Plant a tree or two to replace the ones cut down and turned into paper for books.
Save water by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, and by taking shorter showers.
Read a poem about nature by your favorite poet. William Blake's "Songs of Innocence" is a good choice, though he may be a bit metaphysical for some. William Wordsworth's "The Daffodils" is a beautiful nature poem, just right for the spring. Thomas Hardy's "The Darkling Thrush" is another lovely poem inspired by nature.
Read science fiction. Your post-apocalyptic thrillers and speculative fiction are often inspired by environmental concerns like global climate change and what the future holds for humans if we continue polluting the earth. Margaret Atwood's "MaddAddam" Trilogy is a great read that presents a post-apocalyptic world not too far into the future with serious man-made environmental issues to say the least.
Reduce, reuse and recycle. Cut down on your use of plastics, by picking up some book-inspired tote bags at the Strand bookstore. The Union Square Earth Day Festival runs all day, just two blocks north of the Strand with activities and entertainment for the kids.
Unwanted books can make great craft projects. Check out some of the fanciful ideas on Pinterest.
Take a nature walk in your own neighborhood and appreciate the birds, flowers, trees, and all the living creatures that make our planet livable.
Happy Earth Day!