Listen to Your Mother: Audiobooks for Earth Day

Time for a challenge. This Earth Day, learn more about an environmental issue that touches your heart, then spread the word and step into action. Even small gestures can make a positive impact on our environment, both locally and globally. Don’t know where to start? These meticulously researched and energizing audiobooks will inspire you to link thought to action. You can even host a listening party and play a chapter of your Earth Day pick on your smart speaker for your guests, then discuss and make a plan on how you can work together to make change.

The Uninhabitable Earth

Now a New York Times Audiobook bestseller!
In his travelogue of our near future, author and narrator David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await—food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today.

Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation. This is powerful and essential listening at its most urgent.

This Land

Coming this July! A hard-hitting look at the battle now raging over the fate of public lands in the American West—and a plea for the protection of these last wild places.

Journalist Christopher Ketcham has been documenting the confluence of commercial exploitation and governmental misconduct in this region for over a decade. In this revelatory audiobook (narrated by Ketcham) he takes listeners on a journey across these last wild places, revealing the environmental destruction and exposing rampant malfeasance in the federal land management agencies. Along the way, Ketcham talks with ecologists, biologists, botanists, former government employees, whistleblowers, grassroots environmentalists and other citizens who are fighting to protect the public domain for future generations.

How to Give Up Plastic

Coming this July! An accessible audio guide to the changes we can all make—small and large—to rid our lives of disposable plastic and clean up the world’s oceans. It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to fully biodegrade, and there are around 12.7 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. At our current pace, in the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by weight. These are alarming figures, but plastic pollution is an environmental crisis with a solution we can all contribute to.

How to Give Up Plastic is a straightforward guide to eliminating plastic from your life. Going room by room through your home and workplace, Will McCallum teaches you how to spot disposable plastic items and find plastic-free, sustainable alternatives to each one. And by arming you with a wealth of facts about global plastic consumption, you’ll also learn how to advocate to businesses and leaders in your community and across the country to commit to eliminating disposable plastics for good.

The Omnivore's Dilemma
Author: Michael Pollan
Read By: Scott Brick

What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. Ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.

Walking

For contemplating the more personal meaning of Earth Day and our connection to the planet, Walking is a lyrical account of an everyday activity that is essential for our sanity, equilibrium, and well-being.

Placing one foot in front of the other, embarking on the journey of discovery, and experiencing the joy of exploration—these activities are intrinsic to our nature. But as universal as walking is, each of us will experience it differently. For Erling Kagge, author of Silence, it is the gateway to the questions that fascinate him, and in this audiobook he invites us to investigate them along with him.

Earth Day Listens for Kids

Don't Let Them Disappear

Did you know that blue whales are the largest animals in the world? Or that sea otters wash their paws after every meal? The world is filled with millions of animal species, and all of them are unique and special. Many are on the path to extinction. In this audiobook, Chelsea Clinton introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals, sharing what makes them special, and also what threatens them. Don’t Let Them Disappear talks about rhinos, tigers, whales, pandas and more, and provides helpful tips on what we all can do to help prevent these animals from disappearing from our world entirely. Warm and engaging, this book is the perfect listen for animal-lovers and anyone who cares about our planet.

Start Now!

For the youngest activists among us, a book geared just for them full of facts, stories, and tips on how to change the world, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Clinton.

With information on problems both large and small, Chelsea Clinton breaks down the concepts of health, hunger, climate change, endangered species and bullying, so that listeners can understand the world around them, and how they can make a difference in their own lives, as well as in their communities and the world at large. This audiobook is the perfect introduction to young activists who want to make the world a better place.