Environmental Reads

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Environmental Classics List created by SFPL_KelleyT

Important titles in educating and influencing the public about environmental issues. By SFPL_kelleyt

Rachel Carson is credited with starting the modern environmental movement with this book, originally published in 1962.

Muir recounts his early travels in the Sierra Nevada in 1869, and shares the profound effect the landscape had on his life.

The definitive history of water resources in the American West. An intriguing study of diverted and dammed rivers, political corruption, money battles over water rights, and ecologic and economic disaster.

An autobiographical collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert, by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey.

Wallace Stegner recounts John Wesley Powell's exploration of the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, the homeland of Indian tribes of the American Southwest, and his struggle against Washington politics.

A collection of essays advocating the idea of a responsible relationship between people and the land they inhabit. Written in 1949, this title has been a major influence on the modern environmental movement.

A narrative of environmentalist David Brower's journeys to a coastal island, a Western mountain range, and the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and his confrontations with his ideological enemies.

Published in 1854, this work is a declaration of independence, social experiment, spiritual voyage, satire, and manual for self-reliance. It chronicles Thoreau's thoughts and experiences over the two years he lived in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, on land owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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