Earth Hour | What to read when the lights are out

30 March 2019 – 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. your time

It’s time! Or it might already be too late.

Back in 2007 Earth Hour started on the initiative of WWF in Sydney as a one-hour lights out event. It’s a symbolic action where people shut off their lights to show their support for taking action against climate change and it’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the impact our way of living has on the environment.

You might not know it – though it might be hard to miss – but I’m one of those crazy eco-warriors. I’ll preach about all things environment, I’ll turn into a crazy bitch telling you to get your shit together and rattle off facts I’ve heard in a pod, read in an article, seen in a documentary – I overconsume them so little snippets of just about everything gets stuck in my brain.

But, I thought I’d spare you the lecture and instead give you a few book recommendations so you know what to read when the lights are out, though you’ll have to go to the library and borrow a paperback since you should turn off your phone/tablet/kindle during those sixty minutes LOL.

Earth Hour Sockeye Love by Sarah Black is about Grey, a wildlife photographer, who clings to the memory of his lover, and Sal, a law student who fights for the environment and hugs salmons. It’s funny and heartbreaking at the same time.

books2read.com/SockeyeLove

Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T.J. Klune is a gripping story about two brothers who have to manage when their Mum ups and leaves them. It makes the list because the kid writes the best poems about why being a vegetarian is good. It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you cry.

books2read.com/BearOtterandtheKid

The Boys and the Bees by Mari Donne is about Mark who’s stuck in life, at least until he runs into ecowarrior Jamie who turns it upside down. This is a cute love story between two guys who knew each other in high school and I love how Jamie refuses to use a cellphone.

books2read.com/TheBoysAndTheBees

And last we have Clear Water by Amy Lane.  I love this so much I think I might have to make it my Earth Hour read. It’s been years since I read it last. Whiskey, a field biologist, saves Patrick from drowning and takes him to his houseboat. Together they study two-headed frogs and investigate the pollution in the water.

I absolutely love the Author’s Note Amy Lane wrote to this story. It’s been several years since I read it (though I did read it just now), but I remember that short little note.

books2read.com/ClearWater

Happy reading, and lights out!


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