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Earth Hour, Environmental Responsibility, and Related Resources

March 7th, 2012 · No Comments · General Posts

On Saturday, March 31, OCAD University will power down for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m., as part of Earth Hour 2012. OCAD University will turn off all lights and power-down all non-essential equipment in order to make the most impact in reducing energy consumption.To allow the institution to prepare for the shut-down, OCAD U will close at 5 p.m. and re-open at noon on Sunday, April 1. We, the DHH Library,  will be closing up shop at 4:45 pm on March 31st

 For more information about Earth Hour, you can visit the Earth Hour website. Guess where else you can learn about environmental responsibility and the effect of human beings on nature? THE LIBRARY!  Come read a book — it’s environmentally friendly!

The following are only a handful of titles we have in the DHH library.  These resources have been arranged according to their call numbers:

 A Perfect Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change by Stephen M. Gardiner (call# GE42 G26)

Climate change is arguably the great problem confronting humanity, but we have done little to head off this looming catastrophe. In The Perfect Moral Storm, philosopher Stephen Gardiner illuminates our dangerous inaction by placing the environmental crisis in an entirely new light, considering it as an ethical failure. Gardiner clarifies the moral situation, identifying the temptations (or “storms”) that make us vulnerable to a certain kind of corruption. First, the world’s most affluent nations are tempted to pass on the cost of climate change to the poorer and weaker citizens of the world. Second, the present generation is tempted to pass the problem on to future generations. Third, our poor grasp of science, international justice, and the human relationship to nature helps to facilitate inaction. As a result, we are engaging in willful self-deception when the lives of future generations, the world’s poor, and even the basic fabric of life on the planet is at stake. We should wake up to this profound ethical failure, Gardiner concludes, and demand more of our institutions, our leaders and ourselves

Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit by Al Gore (call# GE170 G6)

First published in 1992, Earth in the Balance helped place the environment on the national agenda; now, as environmental issues move front-and-center in the public consciousness, the time is right to reflect deeply on the fate of our planet and commit ourselves to its future. Earth in the Balance focuses on the threats that everyday choices pose to our climate, water, soil, and diversity of plant and animal life. A passionate, lifelong defender of the environment, Gore describes in brave and unforgettable terms how human actions and decisions can endanger or safeguard the vulnerable ecosystem that sustains us.

Contentious Geographies: Environmental Knowledge, Meaning, Scale edited by Michael K Goodman,
Maxwell T Boykoff, and Kyle T. Evered (call# GE195.7 C6)

The human-environment relationship is one of the most pressing concerns of the twenty-first century. Bringing together a range of global case studies to illustrate the broad range of current theories on this relationship, this book presents significant cutting-edge research into the continuing (re)definition of political ecology as it relates to environmental contestation.

A Passion for This Earth edited by Michelle Benjamin (call# GF47 P26)

Twenty influential writers and scientists contribute personal, practical, and political essays celebrating our planet. In this powerful collection of original essays, twenty of the world’s most influential journalists, writers, scientists, and environmentalists lend their voices to inform and engage those who are committed to the survival of the Earth and its inhabitants. Personal, practical, political, full of wonder and rage, this book respectfully continues the conversation that the inimitable David Suzuki began more than fifty years ago. With essays inspired by Canada’s foremost environmentalist, contributions include personal experiences with nature and David Suzuki.

Every Grain of Sand: Canadian Perspectives on Ecology and Environment edited by J.A. Wainwright
(call# GF75 E7)

Universal in scope, yet focusing on recognizable Canadian places, this collection of essays connects individuals’ love of nature to larger social issues, to cultural activities, and to sustainable technology. Subjects include activism in Cape Breton, eco-feminism, Native perspectives on the history of humans’ relationship with the natural world, the inconsistency of humankind’s affinity with nature alongside its capacity to destroy, and scientific and traditional accounts of evolution and how they can come together for the welfare of Earth’s ecology. These essays encourage us to break down the power-based divisions of centre versus marginal politics, to talk with our perceived enemies in environmental wars, to consider activism as a personal commitment, and to resist the construction of a “post-natural” world. Using a combination of personal memoirs and formal essays, Every Grain of Sand seeks to involve readers in the extraordinary places they inhabit-and usually take for granted-and will appeal to both the general reader and to students in humanities, social sciences, and environmental studies. It is unique for its presentation of entirely Canadian perspectives on ecology and environmental issues.

Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth by Mathis Wackernagel and William E. Rees (call# GF75 W2)

Our Ecological Footprint cuts through the talk about sustainability and introduces a revolutionary new way to determine humanity’s impact on the Earth. It presents an exciting and powerful tool for measuring and visualizing the resources required to sustain our households, communities, regions, and nations. Equipped with useful charts and thought-provoking illustrations, Our Ecological Footprint converts the seemingly complex concepts of carrying capacity, sustainability, resources use, waste disposal, and more into a graphic form that everyone can grasp and utilize.

Vital Signs 2000: The Environmental Trends that are Shaping Our Future by Lester R. Brown, Michael Renner, and Brian Halweil (call# HD75.6 B76)

This annual volume from the Worldwatch Institute shows in graphic form key trends that often escape the attention of the news media, world leaders, and economic experts, but should be integrated into their plans as they map out our global future. Written by the staff of the award-winning Worldwatch Institute, this book allows readers to track key indicators that show social, economic, and environmental progress, or the lack of it. These authoritative data have been distilled from thousands of documents obtained from government, industry, scientists, and international organizations into forty-five “vital signs” of our times. Vital Signs 2000 presents up-to-the-minute information on environmental and sustainable development topics such as global temperature, population growth, HIV/AIDS, fossil fuel consumption, Internet use, income inequalities, grain production, and fish catch. Each trend is presented in both text and graphics, providing a thorough, well-documented, and very accessible overview. Vital Signs is an excellent companion volume to Worldwatch’s highly acclaimed State of the World series.

Ecological Applications: Toward a Sustainable World by Colin R. Townsend (call# QH541 T68)

Ecological Applications presents a broad range of methods and techniques for managing environmental sustainability. This book examines ecological theory at the individual, populations, and community levels, and is an excellent resource for anyone looking to improve the health of their local ecosystems. The resource presents a broad range of methods and techniques for managing environmental sustainability, and focuses on ecological applications for sustainability including restoration, conservation, biosecurity, pest control, harvest management, and the design of reserves; moreover, it also examines ecological theory at the individual, population and community levels, and considers economic and socio-political aspects.

Not a big reader? We also have DVDs–just ask for them at the circulation desk!

Planet Earth directed by Alastair Fothergill (call# DVD997)

This 11-part television series captures rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures. Planet Earth takes the viewers to the world’s highest peaks, deepest caves and most remote desserts. It is narrated by

The 11th Hour produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners (call# DVD 1216)

The 11th Hour explores the indelible footprint that humans have left on this planet, and the catastrophic effects of environmental neglect and abuse, and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity.

Suggested Subject Headings:

You can look for these headings in the catalogue alphabetically under “Subject (A-Z)”, or as “Subject Keyword”.

  • Earth — Effect of human beings on
  • Economical development — Environmental aspects
  • Environmental degradation
  • Environmental policy — Social aspects
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Human ecology
  • Human influence on nature
  • Man — Influence on nature
  • Natural resources — Social aspects
  • Nature — Effect of human beings on
  • Sustainable development



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