eSpotlight - What a Wonderful World

Submitted by Dana Lema on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 8:00 AM

Image of a blue butterfly on green plants

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”  ― Jane Goodall

It's Up to Us

On Monday, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued a summary of a Global Assessment developed by hundreds of scientists from across the world. The summary identifies the impact human activities have on the biodiversity of our world. In its media release of the summary, IPBES states, "The Report finds that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history."

After reading the Global Assessment summary, I was deeply saddened at the thought of the loss of so many of the earth's diverse species. The summary, while sobering, does offer some hope and a call for immediate action both locally and globally. The San Jose' Public Library has eResources available to help us learn more about our world and how we can make changes to reduce our impact upon it.

To Know Me is to Love Me

These eResources can help us learn about biodiversity and why it's important to preserve it. SJPL customers also have access to two online databases, Global Issues in Context and Opposing Viewpoints in Context, which provide a variety of articles about the environment and biodiversity.

Image of a book cover with a butterfly. Text reads, Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life by Edward O. WilsonImage of book cover showing an emblem with an animal, water drop and apple combined. Text reads, The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing WorldImage of a DVD cover showing a variety of plants. Text reads, BiodiversityImage of book cover showing a flock of birds and a paraglider over a mountain landscape. Text reads, Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction by Thom Van DoorenImage of book cover with a picture of a wolf and ravens in snow. Text reads, The Wolf's Tooth - Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades and Biodiversity

Everyday Awareness

There are activities and changes we can make in our everyday lives that, when combined with the activities of others across the globe, can make a difference. Explore these eResources to learn some earth friendly practices.

Image of book cover with various scenes of people living green. Text reads, The new Art of Living Green - How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint & Live a Happier More Eco-Friendly Life by Erica Palmcrantz Aziz and Susanne HovenasBook cover with an image of a car and vegetables. Text reads, The Everything Green Living Book - Transform Your Lifestyle - Easy Ways to Conserve Energy, Protect your Family's Health and Help Save the EnvironmentImage of book cover with green plants. Text reads, Your Guide to Ecofriendly Decision Making - Practically Green by Micaela PresontImage of book cover with photos of various plants. Text Reads, Be the Change You Want to See in the World - 365 Things You can do for Yourself and the Planet by Julie Fisher-McGarryImage of book cover showing photos of earth friendly activities. Text reads, Picture Yourself Going Green - Step-by-Step Instruction for Living a Budget Conscious, Earth-Friendly Lifestyle in Eight Weeks or Less

Yay, Earth!

Advocating on behalf of Planet Earth and all its inhabitants can seem overwhelming. These eResources can guide us on how to be good earth advocates.

Image of book cover with pictures of Carl Pope and Michael Bloomberg. Text Reads - Climate of Hope: How Cities, Business, and Citizens Can Save the PlanetImage of book cover with images of people working on projects to help the environment. Text reads, Heroes of the Environment - True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect the Planet by Harriet Rohmer and Illustrated by Juliet McLaughlinImage of book cover with person wearing a polar bear suit holding a sing that reads - 'Keep You Paws of Our Environmental Laws! Text reads, The Rebirth of Environmentalism - Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar BearImage of book cover with windmills, recycling bins and solar panels. Text reads, Saving the Environment by Jessica Cohn

With an SJPL Library Card, you have access to these eResources and many others to learn about our world and the millions of amazing species that inhabit it.

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