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May 21, 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE IS A REALLY DANGEROUS MONSTER AND WE ARE POKING IT WITH A STICK

 

The stick is the 38.2 Billion tons of heat trapping pollution (CO2) that we collectively spewed into the air last year by burning fossil fuels. And the trend continues as carbon emissions are currently being released at the rate of 2.4 million pounds per second. 

In Essex county we kind of notice its impact; but our attention is mostly drawn to wildfires on the west coast, hurricanes in the Gulf and icebergs melting in the north.  However our area is definitely not escaping the damage.  

Back when the River Bookshop opened we announced that we would host a series on everything from Racial Justice to Sports, to History and Climate Change.  The leader of the Ontario Green Party Mike Schreiner spoke on the subject and we had Climate Change Specialist, at Essex Region Conservation Authority Claire Sanders, booked for early January.  Then Covid really took over which caused us to cancel all presentations. 

Well, we are very tired of waiting for Covid to subside!!

So we are going to co-host Claire’s talk “From Climate Emergency to Action: Strategies to Help Us Thrive” on June 2 at 6;30 pm.  As you know River Bookshop supports T.H.R.I.V.E Amherstburg and one of its initiatives is to help create a climate action plan for our community. Accordingly we are teaming up with them on this talk. 

Click here to visit the T.H.R.I.V.E Amherstburg website to register for this free Zoom talk

We all have to do our part to fight climate change. We can’t  assume someone else is going to do it for us

 

Richard & Lori 

 

If you're interested in learning a bit more about climate change or the environment we have a wide selection of books available at the River Bookshop. Here are a few to get you started no matter your age or interest level.

For the littles in your life...

We Are Water Protectors: Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America,We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruptiona bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Who Is Jane Goodall: With a read-aloud biographical summary in the back, this age-appropriate introduction honors and shares the life and work of one of the most influential scientists of our time. Written by Lisbeth Kaiser.

Middle grade selections....

 

Isabel Thomas writes these two middle grade and up books that address both reducing waste and your carbon footprint. This Book is Not Garbage is full of practical tips on how to reduce your waste and save the earth. This Book Will (Help) Cool the Climate addresses reducing your carbon footprint and cooling the earth with easy changes everyone can make.

And for our adult readers....

Whether you want to go all in on changing the world or just want to have a beautiful garden that bolsters the nature around you we have a book for you.

Future Earth by Eri Holthaus - The first hopeful book about climate change, The Future Earth shows readers how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades.

Planting for Wildlife by Jane Moore - Making a haven for wildlife doesnt need acres of space in the countryside. If you get the habitat and planting right, then even the tiniest of urban gardens can host a variety of creatures from birds and bees to hedgehogs.

Ultimate Guide to Hummingibrds by the Editors at Birds and Blooms - this book will ignite your curiosity and immerse you in the world of these tiny marvels.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates - In this urgent, singularly authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical--and accessible--plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid an irreversible climate catastrophe.

Happy Reading!