Earth Day Reflection

45 years after the first Earth Day, Mountaineers Books is proud to point out that it was a BOOK that launched the environmental movement
Lace Thornberg Lace Thornberg
April 22, 2015

Today, on the 45th Rachel Carsonanniversary of Earth Day, we’re reflecting on the fact that it was a book -- Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring -- which is credited with launching the environmental movement in the United States.

At Mountaineers Books, we're proud to carry on this important work. Our guidebooks entice people to connect with nature through recreation, and our conservation photography books inspire people to take personal actions that protect wild lands.

In 2003, our book, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, refuted the myth of the Arctic as a “flat white nothingness.” It brought the vitality of this landscape to the attention of more than 30 million people and helped in the effort to defeat a bill that would have allowed extensive drilling in the Arctic.

Florian Schulz whale

This fall, we’ll release The Wild Edge: Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast, a gorgeous book featuring Florian Schulz’s exquisite photography, an essay by Philippe Cousteau, profiles of leaders in the marine conservation movement, and much more. Our aim is to inspire the establishment of a marine mammal migration corridor running the length of the North America’s Pacific Coast.

On Earth Day 2015, we’re excited to announce our plans for our next book highlighting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. With the Obama Administration’s recent proposal to designate portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, we’ve never had a better chance to protect the Arctic’s vast natural resources. With the support of the Campion Foundation, Braided River’s next Arctic book will feature dozens of the passionate voices—photographers, biologists, poets, outdoor athletes, artists, veterans, chefs, humanitarians, and the people who call the Refuge home—who are calling for a protected Arctic. We’re hopeful that this will be the last book needed to protect this critical reservoir of biodiversity forever.

If you would also like to receive periodic updates about Braided River's conservation campaigns, you can sign up for news and beautiful photographs from Braided River here.

Happy Earth Day!


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