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Celebrate Earth Day with “Arctic Voices” and “The Story of the Blue Planet”

April 22, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day with two recently released books focused on preserving and protecting our environment: The Story of the Blue Planet and Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point 

We’re celebrating Earth Day with two recently released books which advocate for the preservation of the environment: the children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet by Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason and a collection of essays about the dangers facing the people, the animals, and the land of the Arctic, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Pointedited by photographer, writer and activist Subhankar Banerjee. 

Magnason_BluePlanetThe children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet (November 27, 2012 with the paperback coming out November 26, 2013) by Andri Snaer Magnason, has just won a Green Earth Book Award honorable mention during the Salisbury University Read Green Literature Festival on April 5, 2013. The literature award, sponsored by the environmental nonprofit The Nature Generation, is given to authors and illustrators whose books best inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment. 

Says Magnason about the inspiration behind the story, “Mythology and fairy tales were written before we knew we were living on a planet. I wanted to make a modern tale, modern mythology, about living on a planet—the wisdom, the choices—because things that happen on one side of the planet affect the other side as well.”

With the decision in February that Royal Dutch Shell will not drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic seas this year, environmentalists breathed a sigh of relieffor now that is. Indian-born environmental activist Subhankar Banerjee was an outspoken critic of Shell’s plans to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas last summer, citing the dangers to the native wildlife and the disruption to indigenous life and culture in the area.

Banerjee_ArcticVoices_coverFINALSubhankar Banerjee brings together first-person narratives from more than thirty prominent activists, writers, and researchers who address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights with stunning urgency and groundbreaking research. Arctic Voices (June 19th, 2012, updated paperback edition coming in August, 2013) includes 32 pages of color photographs of this breathtaking region and an introductory essay by Banjerjee.

From Gwich’in activist Sarah James’s impassioned appeal, “We Are the Ones Who Have Everything to Lose,” during the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in 2009 to an original piece by acclaimed historian Dan O’Neill about his recent trips to the Yukon River fish camps to an essay by Pamela Miller, the Arctic Program Director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, about the harmful effects of past drilling in Alaska’s North Slope, Arctic Voices is a window into a remarkable region.

“In this impassioned book, Banerjee shows a situation so serious that it has created a movement, where ‘voices of resistance are gathering, are getting louder and louder.’ May his heartfelt efforts magnify them. The climate changes that are coming have hit soon and hard in the Arctic, and their consequences may be starkest there.”—Ian Frazier, The New York Review of Books

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