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This World Environment Day, raise your awareness a few notches
Islands in Flux by Pankaj Sekhsaria.

Priyanka Roy (t2 Intern)   |     |   Published 05.06.21, 12:12 AM

1. Islands in Flux
by Pankaj Sekhsaria
Sekhsaria, in this collection of articles, accounts the contemporary environmental threats and conservation issues looming over the magnificent Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the last two decades, which are a threat to its exotic flora and fauna. He talks about the affected lives of the indigenous communities inhabiting these lands and the effects of tourism on the land. Alongside the environmental issues, he puts into perspective the socio-political and economic struggles co-related to the environmental issues. The book stands out for showing a way forward and not just pondering on the problems.

2. Staying Alive
by Vandana Shiva
It is one of environmental activist Shiva’s earliest books on the environment where she establishes ecological degradation in connection to women’s oppression. Rather than presenting a gendered study, she explores the innate connection of the feminine with nature and points out how exploitation of and violence against both shake up the core need of survival on the planet. She looks into heinous development processes in third-world countries that create a path for ecological destruction and argues how rural women from India with their traditional wisdom hold the vision of environmental regeneration, sustainability and survival. Supported with statistics for reference, she establishes her arguments for an insightful read.

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3. Bee Quest
by Dave Goulson
In this offbeat travel memoir, Goulson sets off on an unusual adventure by going bee hunting around the world. He searches for the rarest varieties of bees across jungles and plains from Sussex to Poland and other places. He gives us facts on nature and conservation and shares his knowledge on nature’s own survival tactics even while amusingly narrating his travel experiences. Written in a light-hearted and humorous tone, he doesn’t miss out on the bigger picture of environmental exploitation and species extinction caused due to human lifestyle, making it an enjoyable read while being educational at the same time.

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4. The Human Planet
by George Steinmetz and Andrew Revkin
George Steinmetz visually takes us through the environmental issues around the contemporary world from a bird’s eye view through his camera lenses in this interesting coffee-table photography book. The photographs are accompanied with texts by science writer Andrew Revkin. The book covers relevant contemporary issues of climate change, the effects of human footprint, sustainable living and the effects of other human projects built for sustenance. The pictures are thought provoking and the visual account leaves a profound impact on the reader.

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5. The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change
by Gleb Raygorodetsky
Indegenous communities across the world have their traditional practices rooted in nature and sustainable living. Global climate change has upset their connection with the ecosystem. Observing their lives and biological cultural practices from close quarters, Raygorodetsky informs us how the people of these communities are our future hope with their traditional wisdom on sustainable practices. They are able to take on present challenges resiliently too with solutions in hand and can show the way forward for the rest of us.

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6. A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety
by Sarah Jaquette Ray
This recently published book acknowledges how the Gen Z are taking climate issues in their own hands by demanding immediate response from leaders rather than waiting for their leaders to take action. However, dealing with climate issues could involve certain challenges for young minds that could be psychological, sociological or physiological. Ray with her years of experience in being an environmental studies college teacher, prepares a tool kit in the book that covers concepts like eco-guilt, climate justice and resilience and burnout. Giving importance to the mind, this book serves as an essential handbook for today’s climate-conscious youth.

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7. Nature’s Warnings edited
by Mike Ashley
This book is sure to get any eco-sci-fi fan excited with its anthology of short stories written by the most celebrated names in the field to authors of recent times. With growing awareness on environmental issues, ecological fiction as a genre witnessed a boost and this collection of stories is going to enrich any eco-fiction reader’s bookshelf. The book brings together stories with a variety in content that will keep readers engaged — exploring new planets and life forms, meeting aliens, ecological catastrophe due to man’s actions, or finding balance in new environments.

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8. Don’t Let Them Disappear
by Chelsea Clinton
This book on endangered species will allow your tiny tot to become aware about the environmental issues at a tender age and shape their thinking process in a sensitive manner. The book educates kids on why certain species of the animal kingdom are experiencing threat to their existence, how co-existence with these species is essential for our survival and how we can help them survive. The accompanying art work by Gianna Marino is sure to make it a page-turner for them.

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9. Follow the Moon Home
by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson
This book tells the story of a little girl named Viv and how she saves around hundred sea turtles from the South Carolina coast with the help of other kids of her community, where she has recently moved in. Bringing up themes of environmental activism, volunteer work and environmental awareness, this illustrated book is not only an interesting and inspiring read but also relevant for today’s evolving young minds.



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