Earth Day 2014 is on April 22. You can get involved in caring for our planet by educating yourself about the problems and issues. As Mary Ritter Beard said, Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.
Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment by Kenneth Worthy
“Amidst all the wondrous luxuries of the modern world — smartphones, fast intercontinental travel, Internet movies, fully stocked refrigerators — lies an unnerving fact that may be even more disturbing than all the environmental and social costs of our lifestyles. The fragmentations of our modern lives, our disconnections from nature and from the consequences of our actions, make it difficult to follow our own values and ethics, so we can no longer be truly ethical beings … Environmental scholar Kenneth Worthy traces the broken pathways between consumers and clean-room worker illnesses, superfund sites in Silicon Valley, and massively contaminated landscapes in rural Asian villages. His groundbreaking, psychologically based explanation confirms that our disconnections make us more destructive and that we must bear witness to nature and our consequences. Invisible Nature shows the way forward: how we can create more involvement in our own food production, more education about how goods are produced and waste is disposed, more direct and deliberative democracy, and greater contact with the nature that sustains us.”