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What's All This About Sustainability?

Sustainability. You hear this word everywhere - on the news, online, in your school paper, but what does it really mean for your life? Pick up one of these titles to find out what we're doing that's not sustainable, how to fix that, see what may happen if we don't, and then spread the word!


Ship Breaker
Ship Breaker

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living. When he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.


Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays
Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays

Describes a female shrimper's attempt to stop a large chemical company from polluting a bay in East Texas.


Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion

Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents.


Water: the Fate of Our Most Precious Resource
Water: the Fate of Our Most Precious Resource

As Coleridge says in the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink". We leave the water running while we brush our teeth, we grow green lush lawns in the middle of the desert in the southwest, and yet 1/3 of African people face water scarcity and there are water supply problems in China, India, Japan, Spain, southern France, Australia, and many other parts of Asia and Europe. Find out more, and what you can do to help by checking out this title.


An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming
An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming

An inconvenient truth explains what global warming is, what causes it, and explains how to take action to stop this crisis.


Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater
Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater

How to use shrunked sweaters to create bags, purses, skirts, hats, tops, vests, and more.


Not Your Typical Book About the Environment
Not Your Typical Book About the Environment

Written to allay children's fears about the environment, this book shows how smart technologies, innovative ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world, creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes might think.


Oil
Oil

We need oil for everything: our cars, our power, our food, our lives. But what is it, where does it come from, and what cost does our dependence have on the world?


Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who are Helping to Protect Our Planet
Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who are Helping to Protect Our Planet

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people, most of them teenagers or younger adults, from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.


Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food
Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

Examines the fast food industry with facts about its evolution and practices, the effects of fast food consumption on public health, and the international success of fast food.


Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life
Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life

Buy, buy, buy, consume, consume, consume: So much of our lives are fueled by this mantra. Where does sustainability and green living fit in? Check out this book to find out about the 5 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Refuse, and how you could fit this into your way of life, and make our world a better place - a place that will thrive.