Up Your Connect

By Karley O'Connor 7 months ago3 Comments

Our final post of the Up Your Connect Series is here!

Scroll to see four weeks worth of books, podcasts, films, and documentaries to enjoy from the comfort of your home and up your connect to the natural world outside while in quarantine.

Staying resilient and connected has been a challenge for all of us, so we want to bring the community together (virtually) to discuss conservation during quarantine! How should we go about this? Scroll down to the comments below and let us know if we should all select one book to discuss (what book?), if we should discuss a topic, like lowering our footprint, or if we should all just come to chat.

Book Title Author Synopsis F/NF?
Enconters with the Archdruid John McPhee “Encounters with the Archdruid is a narrative nonfiction book by author John McPhee. Encounters is split into three parts, each covering environmentalist David Brower’s confrontations with his ideological enemies. The book chronicles his struggles against miners, developers and finally the United States Bureau of Reclamation.” ~ Wikipedia Narrrative NF
The California Field Atlas Obi Kaufman This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite maps and trail paintings. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, artist-adventurer Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before. Kaufmann depicts layer after layer of the natural world, delighting in the grand scale and details alike. The effect is staggeringly beautiful: presented alongside California divvied into its fifty-eight counties, for example, we consider California made up of dancing tectonic plates, of watersheds, of wildflower gardens. Maps are enhanced by spirited illustrations of wildlife, keys that explain natural phenomena, and a clear-sighted but reverential text. Full of character and color, a bit larger than life, The California Field Atlas is the ultimate road trip companion and love letter to a place. NF
The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau A lesser known work of Thoreau. Written after his Walden experience. This book is a descriptive dive into the uncharted wilderness of Maine, when that land was still unkown. Thoreau and a companion take three trips with an Native American guide, past logging camps and outposts, to explore the deep back country NF
Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement Robert Gottlieb Forcing the Spring challenges standard histories of the environmental movement by offering a broad and inclusive interpretation of past environmentalist thought and a sweeping redefinition of the nature of the contemporary environmental movement. NF
Vaquita: Science Politics And Crime in the Sea of Cortez Brooke Bessesen “If Rachel Carson had written a True Crime book, it might read like Brooke Bessesen’s Vaquita. This fast-paced story of pirate fishermen, smugglers, killer cartels, dedicated scientists, whale warriors, and Navy dolphins is also a cautionary tale. It’s no longer about saving the dolphins or the whales. NF
Life And Death of the Great Lakes Dan Egan A landmark work of science, history and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes–Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior–hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. NF
The Golden Spruce John Vaillant The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed tells the story of a sacred tree, a logger-turned environmentalist and a shocking act of environmental protest in the woods of British Columbia. NF
Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability Julian Agyeman Documents how racial and social inequalities are built into our food system, and how communities are creating environmentally sustainable and socially just alternatives. NF
To Save the Wild Earth Ric Careless Ric Careless’ success-ful campaigns for preservation of nine major wilderness areas in British Columbia. NF
Podcast Title Hosts Synopsis
Outside/In NHPR Sam Evans Brown A podcast about the natural world and how we use it.
The Wild With Chris Morgan NPR The Wild with Chris Morgan explores how nature survives and thrives alongside (and often despite) humans.
Ecology & Permaculture Podcasts Sustainable World Radio Learning from and working with nature using Parmaculture Ethics of the: Earth Care, Paople Care and Fair Share. – interviews, news and comentary about ecology, permaculture, organic gardening, sustaiablity green living and ethnobotany.
Film Title Synopsis Type/Genre
Avatar On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na’vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet’s environment is poisonous, human/Na’vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na’vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world. Sci-fi/Action
Bridge to Terebithia The life of Jesse (Josh Hutcherson), an adolescent, changes when he befriends Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb), the class outsider. The children create an imaginary world called Terabithia, which is inhabited by all manner of magical creatures. Though difficulties fill their ordinary lives, Jesse and Leslie rule as king and queen in Terabithia. Soon one of the friends must draw on the strength of their imaginary kingdom to cope with a tragedy. Family/Fantasy
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man for the first time, Spirit defies being broken, even as he develops a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave. The courageous young stallion also finds love with a beautiful paint mare named Rain on his way to becoming one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Old West. Animated
Title Synopsis
Chasing Coral Chasing Coral is a 2017 documentary film about a team of divers, scientists and photographers around the world who document the disappearance of coral reefs. Chasing Coral was produced by Exposure Labs and directed by Jeff Orlowski.
Idle Threat Idle Threat is a lively look at one man’s spirited struggle to improve public health by raising awareness about idling’s impact, starting in New York City.
Sea of Shadows Following undercover investigators, environmentalists, journalists, and the Mexican Navy on their desperate effort to rescue the Earth’s smallest whale – the Vaquita – from extinction and bring an international crime syndicate to justice.

Catch up on suggestions from the last few weeks here:

Book Title Author synopsis F/NF?
The Lorax Dr. Seuss The Lorax is a children’s book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971.[1] It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax is the titular character, who “speaks for the trees” and confronts the Once-ler, who causes environmental destruction. F
Walden Henry David Thoreau Another environmental classic, written in 1854. Probably the most well known examples of transcendentalist writing. The text is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance. NF
Outside 25 Various The editors of Outside bring together 36 stories that comprise some of the finest nonfiction gathered anywhere, works that take us to remote corners of the world and into distant realms of the imagination. NF
Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River David Owen The Colorado River is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. NF
The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders, of which we are blissfully unaware. NF
For the Love of Lemurs: My Life in the Wilds of Madagascar Patricia Chapple Wright In 1986, primatologist Patricia Chapple Wright was given a seemingly impossible task: to travel to the rainforests of Madagascar and find the greater bamboo lemur, a species that hadn’t been seen in the wild for thirty years. Not only did Wright discover that the primate still existed but that it lived alongside a completely new species. What followed was a love affair with an animal and a country that continues to this day. Memoir
Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, & Environmental Quality Robert Bullard Starting with the premise that all Americans have a basic right to live in a healthy environment, this book chronicles the efforts of five African American communities, empowered by the civil-rights movement, to link environmentalism with issues of social justice. NF
WILD: From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Memoir
Coming into the Country John McPhee “Coming into the Country is a 1976 book by John McPhee about Alaska and McPhee’s travels through much of the state with bush pilots, prospectors, and settlers, as well as politicians and businesspeople who each interpret the state in different ways.” ~Wikipedia Narrative NF
Spineless:The Science of Jelly Fish and The Art of Growing a Spine Juli Berwald Gracefully blending personal memoir with crystal-clear distillations of science, Spineless is the story of how Juli learned to navigate and ultimately embrace her ambition, her curiosity, and her passion for the natural world. She discovers that jellyfish science is more than just a quest for answers. It’s a call to realize our collective responsibility for the planet we share. F
Childrens Books Author Synopsis
A-B-Skis Libby Dudek This alphabet book by a former Olympian runs kids through the skiing experience, from chairlift rides to pizza turns down the bunny slopes. It all takes place in a colorful, animal-filled world that will make any kid excited to gear up for a day on the slopes. Libby also includes tips for parents to make your kid’s first ski day a positive one.
Bee & Me Allison Jay A little girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery, revealing an action that every child can take to aid in conservation. In a wordless story told through enchanting illustrations, Bee & Me tells a tale of friendship and offers an introduction to the ecology of the natural world.
Someday a Bird Will Poop on You: A Life Lesson Sue Salvi A day in nature isn’t always a walk in the park. From bug bites and unexpected downpours, to headwinds and bird BMs, this book imparts the key lesson that things don’t always go our way—and that’s okay.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed A City Forever H. Joseph Hotchkins Part fascinating biography, part inspirational story, this moving picture book about following your dreams, using your talents, and staying strong in the face of adversity is sure to resonate with readers young and old.
Podcast Title Hosts Synopsis
She Explores The She Explores podcast is for and about women who are inspired by time spent outside.
BBC Earth Everything you’d expect – a blend of nature, science and human experience, with worldclass story telling and immersive soundscapes.
Wild Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail — one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails. Adventure/Drama
Brother Bear Kenai (Joaquin Phoenix) is a young Indian brave with a particular distaste for bears. When his brother Sitka (D.B. Sweeney) is killed by one, Kenai in turn kills the bear, only to be magically transformed into one himself. To make matters worse, his other brother Denahi (Jason Raize) vows to kill the bear Kenai has become. Kenai’s only hope is a magical mountain where he believes he can be changed back to a human, and he enlists a real bear cub, Koda, to get him there. Animation/Family
Valley Uprising Generations of beatniks and madmen drop out of society and take up a life of rock climbing on the massive granite walls of Yosemite National Park.
Chasing Ice Chasing Ice is a 2012 documentary film about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) to publicize the effects of climate change, directed by Jeff Orlowski.
There’s Something in the Water There’s Something in the Water is a 2019 Canadian documentary film, directed by Ellen Page and Ian Daniel. An examination of environmental racism, the film explores the disproportionate effect of environmental damage on Black Canadian and First Nations communities in Nova Scotia.
Book Title Author synopsis F/NF?
The Hour of Land Terry Tempest Williams America’s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir WhenWomen Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks, an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them. NF
The Monkey Wrench Gang Edward Abbey Ex-Green Beret George Hayduke has returned from war to find his beloved southwestern desert threatened by industrial development. Joining with Bronx exile and feminist saboteur Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D., Hayduke is ready to fight the power; taking on the strip miners, clear-cutters, and the highway, dam, and bridge builders who are threatening the natural habitat. F
The Overstory Richard Powers Pulitzer Prize winner 2018 The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. F
From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism & The Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement Luke Cole & Sheila Foster From the Ground Up critically examines one of the fastest growing social movements in the United States, the movement for environmental justice. NF
Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees Roger Deakin As the world’s forests are whittled away, Deakin’s sparkling prose evokes woodlands anarchic with life, rendering each tree as an individual, living being. At once a traveler’s tale and a splendid work of natural history, Wildwood reveals, amid the world’s marvelous diversity, that which is universal in human experience. NF
Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is a 2013 nonfiction book by Robin Wall Kimmerer and published by Milkweed. The book is about plants and botany as seen through Native American traditions and Western scientific traditions. NF
A Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold First published in 1949, A sand County Almanac is an environmental classic. Beginning with beautiful descriptions of the seasonal changes on Leopold’s farm in Wisconsin, the ecological balance of his land, the book includes examples of human impacts to nature, and ends with a plea for a wilderness asthetic and land ethic NF
Earthly Love: Stories of Intimacy and Devotion Orion Magazine “Earthly Love is Orion’s most ambitious anthology yet, a combination of poetry and prose that illuminates the nature of love in the Anthropocene. With an introduction by Barry Lopez, the book includes fifteen personal essays and nineteen poems.” The book includes How to Queer Ecology: One Goose at a Time, an essay by Alex Carr Johnson, former WSCC Executive Director. NF – Essays and Poems
Zo in the Roosting Tree Sara Webly Young Adult – Zo in the Roosting Tree tells the story of a clever crow, through the eyes of a human girl. A girl who loves being a crow, but who must find the secret to being human. This warm, nature-based fantasy is told by Zo herself. Readers will learn about quick-witted crows, while Zo learns to use her instincts and her smarts—with some help from her animal friends. F
Childrens Books Author synopsis
Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill Tommy de Paola When the fiercest giant in all of Ireland comes knocking at his door, what can peaceful Fin M’Coul do to escape him?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children’s picture book designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle, first published by the World Publishing Company in 1969, later published by Penguin Putnam.
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain Verna Aardema A tale of drought from the Nandi people of Kenya shows kids a way of life entirely rooted in and dependent on the natural world. Originally published in 1909, this story teaches a valuable lesson: nature sustains us all, whether we realize it or not.
Squeak! Goes Climbing in Yosemite National Park Mallory Logan Young climbers get the lowdown on the sport from a mouse that hops into a haul bag and makes it all the way up El Cap. Squeak introduces kids to the climbing dictionary and shows them how to face down their fears. Bonus: part of every book sale benefits the Access Fund.
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Max gets in touch with his wild side, imagining that his bedroom is a jungle filled with playful beasts.

Check out this week’s list of films as well for some family-friendly animated suggestions!

Podcast Title Hosts synopsis
We Are Rivers American Rivers To further the conversation about the value and complexity of rivers, American Rivers launched the podcast series, “We Are Rivers: Conversations about the Rivers that Connect Us.”
For the Wild Ayana Young A fuorum where the critical ideas of our times are dicussed and parley them into action for the regeneration of natural communities. Join with today’s brightest visonanaries in this momentous work of reimagining a world where humanity finds its way back into the web of life.
Outside Outside covers travel, sports, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of.
Film Title Synopsis Type/Genre
WallE WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely. Animated
The Rescuers Bernard (Bob Newhart) and Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor), two New York City mice, are members of the Rescue Aid Society, an international team that operates beneath the United Nations and comes to the aid of those in need. Animated
The Lorax The Lorax is a children’s book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax is the titular character, who “speaks for the trees” and confronts the Once-ler, who causes environmental destruction. Animated
Title Synopsis
Gasland Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox. The film focuses on communities in the United States where natural gas drilling activity was a concern and, specifically, on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), a method of stimulating production in otherwise impermeable rock.
Planet Earth Dazzling, state-of-the-art high-definition imagery highlights this breathtaking documentary series featuring footage of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders — from the oceans to the deserts to the polar ice caps. Actress Sigourney Weaver narrates this American version of the original BBC production.

Book Title Author Synopsis F/NF?
How to Read Nature Tristan Gooley In How to Read Nature, Gooley introduces readers to his world—where the sky, sea, and land teem with marvels. Plus, he shares 15 exercises to sharpen all of your senses. Soon you’ll be making your own discoveries, every time you step outside! NF
Cadillac Desert: The American West And Its Disappearing Water Marc Reisner Published in 1986, Cadillac Desert: The American West And It’s Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner documents the growing concern about water scarcity in the western United States and how land development has contributed to the denigration of water quality and the environment as a whole. NF
We Took to the Woods Louise Dickinson Rich Written in 1942, Louis Dickenson Rich beautifully recounts her life in the back woods of Maine with her husband and family. This book is incredibly well written and is full of adventure, wit, and sincerity, of a forgotten time. NF
Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey Written in 1968, the book recounts the author’s first experience living in the Moab area of Utah in the early 1960s. Edward Abbey is both loved and hated by many, but this example is probably one of his finest. His beautiful descriptions of the Utah desert when Arches was still only a National Monument, is worth the read. NF
Black Faces, White Spaces Caolyn Finney Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans. Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the “great outdoors” and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces. NF
Letters for a young scientist E.O. Wilson Letters to a Young Scientist is a 2013 book by E. O. Wilson. Included is the observation that one doesn’t need to be brilliant at math to become a great scientist. NF
Secret Wisdom of the Earth Christopher Scotton The Appalachia town of Medgar is beset by a massive mountaintop removal operation that is blowing up the hills and back filling the hollows. Citizens rally against the “company” to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When Buzzy witnesses a brutal hate crime, a sequence is set in play that tests two boys their absolute limits in an epic struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains F
Prodigal Summer Barbara Kingsolver Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, these characters find their connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with whom they share a place. F
Journal of Solitude May Sarton “I am here alone for the first time in weeks,” May Sarton begins this book, “to take up my ‘real’ life again at last. That is what is strange-that friends, even passionate love,are not my real life, unless there is time alone in which to explore what is happening or what has happened.” In this journal, she says, “I hope to break through into the rough, rocky depths,to the matrix itself. There is violence there and anger never resolved. My need to be alone is balanced against my fear of what will happen when suddenly I enter the huge empty silence if I cannot find support there.” F

My First Book of Nature Alain Grée Introduce babies and toddlers to the natural world through the colorful drawings of a famous French illustrator. This board book teaches that tot about everything from trees and rocks, to fruit and fish.
Crow and Weasel Barry Lopez Crow and Weasel are two young men of the Northern plains who undertake a journey through unexplored wilderness to the tundra and back. Their quest is also a fable of inner discovery based on ideas and traditions of early American Indians.
Seedfolks Paul Fleischman Thirteen very different voices — old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful — tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.
Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement Stephanie Roth Sisson As a child, Rachel Carson lived by the rhythms of the natural world. Spring after spring, year after year, she observed how all living things are connected. And as an adult, Rachel watched and listened as the natural world she loved so much began to fall silent. Spring After Spring traces Rachel’s journey as scientist and writer, courageously speaking truth to an often hostile world through her book, and ultimately paving the way for the modern environmental movement.
Compost Stew Mary McKenna Siddals From eggshells to wiggly worms, this delightful recipe in bouncy verse features items–some familiar and some not so–that are fit for the home compost bin and will nourish Mother Earth. Vibrant collage illustrations use recycled and found materials to further a timely message. And to keep young environmental chefs fully informed about composting do’s and don’ts, there’s a note in the back about what’s not fit for the bin.
Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers Lauren Child After Charlie convinces Lola to recycle her old toys instead of throwing them away, Lola discovers a recycling competition. If she can recycle one hundred plastic, metal, and paper items, she can get her very own real live tree to plant. But she only has two weeks, so Lola decides to ask her classmates to help. They turn out to be extremely very good recyclers indeed.
Overheard Nat Geo Whale American Idol. Underwater pyramids. A honeybee chop shop. Each week we’ll dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations we’ve overheard around National Geographic’s headquarters.
Go West, Young Podcast Center for Western Priorities News, interviews, and history with newsmakers and environmental advocates, focused on parks and public lands across the American West
Captain Fantastic Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids — educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature. When Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his sheltered offspring into the outside world for the first time. Comedy-Drama
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Far in the future, after an apocalyptic conflict has devastated much of the world’s ecosystem, the few surviving humans live in scattered semi-hospitable environments within what has become a “toxic jungle.” Young Nausicaä lives in the arid Valley of the Wind and can communicate with the massive insects that populate the dangerous jungle. Under the guidance of the pensive veteran warrior, Lord Yupa, Nausicaä works to bring peace back to the ravaged planet. Animation/Fantasy
Dark Waters A tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations. While trying to expose the truth, he soon finds himself risking his future, his family and his own life. Drama/Thriller

Free Solo Professional rock climber Alex Honnold attempts to conquer the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan’s 900-metre vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.
An Inconvienient Truth An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 American concert/documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to educate people about global warming. The film features a slide show that, by Gore’s own estimate, he has presented over a thousand times to audiences worldwide.
Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey Neil Degrasse Tyson re-vitalizes Carl Sagan’s 1980 presentation in this 13 episode tv series. Traces the history of the Universe from the Big-Bang to present day, through scientific discoveries while considering impacts and future of humanity in an ever expanding universe.

*Links listed for films and documentaries may require payment to youtube or amazon. Most can be found on netflix or hulu if you have an existing account!*

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  • Betsy Johnson says:

    Wow! I am inspired by so many earth-loving titles! Can’t wait to dive in to this list AND to hear what others are finding useful during these trying times of contemplation and planning for the future of our planet. My current read is 500 Nations: An Illustrated History of North American Indians by Alvin M. Joseph’s, Jr. Stunning book!

  • Lyn Howe says:

    Thank you for this great list of books,films and documentaries of which we will take full advantage of. Luckily the weather has been nice and the garden is calling so we can isolate and still be productive including planting a neighbors garden to share food.
    Thank you for all the excellent work you do. We are very grateful.

  • Allison Elliot says:

    Wow wee! How long do we have to stay away from each other? Take as long as I need to go through this rich treasure trove. Nature has provided us everything, including art, literature and spiritual guidance. It’s all here in these lists. Thank you!

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