Earth Day (22nd April 2020)

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day (Wednesday 22nd April 2020) 50th Anniversary


Today is Earth Day.  It is also Administrative Professionals Day (formerly Secretaries Day), National Stationery Day, National Stop Snoring Day, and the Big Pedal Day.  However, we will focus here in The Book Cave on Earth Day.


Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970 ... it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.


We believe most people are hopefully aware now that the human race has heavily impacted our world in so many ways.  Besides Climate Change and loss of wildlife ... it’s not just what can be seen such as plastics floating in our seas for example, but the invisible particulates in the air from vehicle exhausts and micro-plastics in our rivers and sea from disintegrating plastics that affect our health through what we eat and the quality of the air we breath ....


An increasingly rare healthy river 


The pandemic lockdowns across the world have clearly shown a marked reduction in our measured emissions into the world of harmful airborne particulates.  Hopefully ... as we recover our freedoms over time, we will find ways of minimising any return to former emission levels with new more considered ways about living ... perhaps at a slower pace with the world and our health at the forefront of our new lifestyles.


Please find below today’s topical books and a DVD:


Planet Earth

This is a great Gift for your Children ... particularly as we have an opportunity for a new way of living ... and the next generations education at this time is paramount to theirs and future generations understanding and healthy living.

Part of the 'Beginners' series, this book is designed to provide an introduction to non-fiction subjects for young readers.


The Complete Earth

Reproducing one of the most advanced satellite surveys of Earth in its entirety, The Complete Earth explores our planet, explaining the how and when of its mountain ranges, deserts, ice-sheets, volcanoes and oceans.

From pole to pole. The Complete Earth presents one of the most advanced portraits of our planet ever created Within these pages, data from NASA's most advanced Earth observing satellites has been combined to produce a cloud-free, digital atlas of the entire planet-a mappamundi for the Information Age.

At a scale of 53 kilometres to every centimetre (93 miles to an inch), we can trace the Amazon from Andean headwaters to Atlantic mouth, explore the trackless sand seas of the Sahara, and follow the corrugated ridges of hills and mountains that mark the front-line of India's continental collision with Eurasia. We can track the ebb and flow of seasons across the globe, watching snows fall in the North as they melt in the South and desert lands bloom and fade as rains come and go.

Combining NASA's digital portrait of the planet with high resolution satellite imagery that zooms in on noteworthy features-from volcanoes to asteroid craters, river deltas to glaciers-The Complete Earth creates an unprecedented view of our planet's face. Social and political boundaries are invisible and irrelevant, what we see instead is the landscape of the whole Earth - the mountains and deserts, seas and oceans that have shaped human history. Yet this configuration of rock and water represents a fleeting geological moment, having existed for no more than 4 million years-a mere 0.01 percent of the planet's lifetime. But look closer and a deeper past emerges. Earth's 4.5 billion year history can be reconstructed from the layered, twisted and folded rocks that adorn its surface.

To understand how to read the planet's deep history, The Complete Earth descends far beneath the continents and oceans to reveal the tectonic plates they rest on. It explains how the ceaseless jostling of these plates has sculpted Earth's ever-changing face and tracks their movements over millennia to reconstruct global views of not only the planet's past, but also its future.


Saving Planet Earth: What is destroying the earth and what you can do to help

The book of the major BBC1 TV series which was the TV event of 2007. Combining stunning images, with ways you can help to save it for future generations and introduced by Sir David Attenborough.

Saving Planet Earth is the BBC's follow-up to the multi award winning, international bestseller Planet Earth.

The 11 part BBC 1 series, plus a three hour special, showed what is happening to the fantastic animals and plants you saw in Planet Earth, why they are threatened (as nearly all of them are) and, perhaps most importantly, what you can do to prevent their destruction.

Each chapter looks at one of the major reasons that is causing the disappearance of the earth's natural beauty (fishing, deforestation, pollution etc) and looks at the major ways that they can be stopped.


Planet Earth - Complete Series [2006] [DVD]

Well ... here it is ... whether seen before ... this complete series of the amazing Planet Earth is a must to watch again.  This is a Great Educational and Entertaining Gift for your Children at this time ...



Earth A Visitor's Guide: Weird, Strange, Bizarre... and True


Unputdownable trivia, a guide packed with amazing secrets about Earth and the people who live on it – now in paperback. 
Discover the strange secrets of humans and their planet in this hilarious guide, selected for the coveted Richard and Judy Christmas books selection . From how the world could end tomorrow… Where to get a decent salami… What makes a woman happy… How to get the perfect body… Where to fight a duel… Why men go to the beach… How to use a maggot... When to get out of a sinking car… What to do with a spoon… How to behave properly... When size matters… What bodies are worth… How to save the world… Who’s better off dead… When to keep your clothes on… to how to walk on water… and more.


Don’t visit Earth without one.



In this his most challenging journey, Michael Palin tackles the Himalaya, the greatest mountain range on earth, a virtually unbroken wall of rock stretching 1800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to south-west China. Penetrated but never conquered, it remains the world's most majestic natural barrier, a magnificent wilderness that shapes the history and politics of Asia to this day.

Having risen to the challenge of seas, poles, dhows and deserts, the highest mountains in the world were a natural target for Michael Palin. In a journey rarely, if ever, attempted before, in 6 months of hard travelling Palin takes on the full length of the Himalaya including the Khyber Pass, the hidden valleys of the Hindu Kush, ancient cities like Peshawar and Lahore, the mighty peaks of K2, Annapurna and Everest, the bleak and barren plateau of Tibet, the gorges of the Yangtze, the tribal lands of the Indo-Burmese border and the vast Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh.

Facing altitudes as high as 17,500 feet as well as some of the world's deepest gorges, Palin also passed through political flashpoints like Pakistan's remote north-west frontier, terrorist-torn Kashmir and the mountains of Nagaland, only recently open to visitors. They had a brush with the Maoists while filming in Nepal and advice from the Dalai Lama before crossing into Tibet.

This book, compiled from his diaries, records the pleasure and pain of an extraordinary journey. Basil Pao, the inspired photographer of SAHARA, FULL CIRCLE and POLE TO POLE, captures the sensational beauty of the finest mountain scenery in the world. This is adventure at the very highest level.


Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space (Official Tim Peake Book)

This may be a strange choice, since space travel consumes huge amounts of earths resources and creates vast amounts of pollution, but perhaps the studies and observations made have given scientists the greatest respect for earths fragility, wonder and uniqueness in the solar system.  Read how difficult it is to live in space.

How does it feel to orbit the earth ten times faster than a speeding bullet?

What’s it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space?

And what’s next – the moon, Mars or beyond?
Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia mission, and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. 
Accessible, in-depth, and written with his characteristic warmth, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of his mission. From training to launch, from his historic spacewalk to re-entry, he reveals for readers of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his ground-breaking experiments, and the wonders of day-to-day life on board the International Space Station.

24 million people watched Tim blast off and over 2 million fans followed his updates across social media. In the Queen's birthday honours, Tim was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, an award given to those who have given distinguished service overseas, or, in Tim's case, in space. 

Zoom: How Everything Moves, from Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees


Sitting still in a quiet room, you might just be able to convince yourself that nothing is moving. But air currents swirl about you. Blood rushes through your veins. The atoms in your chair jiggle furiously. And the planet you are on is whizzing through space 35 times faster than the speed of sound.

In Zoom, Bob Berman takes a thrilling tour around the wondrous and myriad motions that shape every aspect of the universe.

Spanning astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology and history, he explains how clouds stay aloft, how the earth's rotation curves a ball's flight, how a mosquito's familiar whine is tuned to a perfect A sharp, how the day gets longer every century, and much more.

Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-friendly Celebration

There will sadly be many couples who have had to postpone their special day this year ... Having to now wait until the date of our freedom becomes a little clearer.  For many there will be added financial difficulties having arisen out of this pandemic.

We pray that their friends, family, and particularly parents are kept safe during this lock down and able to share their re-scheduled wedding.

This is an opportunity to rethink and replan your celebration and indeed future life. 

Green is the new white for today's brides--metaphorically speaking.

Environmentally conscious couples are often appalled by the carbon footprint of traditional weddings and are seeking ways to express their earth-friendly values as they express their love.

As Green Wedding shows, there are alternatives--products and services that can reduce environmental harm while ensuring a joyous and stylish celebration.

Featuring stories of couples who have "gone green" on their wedding day, this authoritative guide by New York Times Style correspondent Mireya Navarro explains how couples can green their dream wedding, and why this is important.

The book presents ideas for maximizing the sustainability of every aspect of your ceremony and reception--from choosing (and reusing) wedding attire, to offsetting the global-warming impact of your guests' travel, to designing a menu (including cake and Champagne) that's seasonal, local, and organic. And because environmental responsibility isn't just a one-day affair, the book includes chapters on ecotourism honeymoons and on living sustainably throughout your married life.

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