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Your summer playlist to connect with nature, wherever you are

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The lazy summer days are here – and Conservation International staff are spending free time with their favorite books. Here’s what they say about the books they can’t let go.

1. “Four fish: the future of the last wild food” by Paul Greenberg

This book is a must read for anyone interested in ocean issues and our relationship to the last wild food that humans consume on a significant scale. The author beautifully recounts what fishing used to be like, sheds light on disturbing trends in fishing practices today, and offers diverse and insightful solutions to ensure healthy oceans and food for people.

– Pablo Obregon, Senior Program Manager – Fisheries

I cannot adequately express how touched I was by Richard Powers’ novel “The Overstory”. Even though I was already an environmentalist, this Pulitzer Prize winner gave me a whole new appreciation for trees and the natural world. It’s not an easy read, I’ll admit, but it’s so, so worth it.

This book has been on my reading list since it was first published in 2015 and I would highly recommend others to add it to their lists as well. The author has spent more than 20 years working in commercial forestry and opening the door to the hidden world of trees – from the way they communicate with their “children” and provide nutrients to sick neighbors, to the way they themselves. warn of nearby predators and coordinate as a group during the pollination season. After reading this, I guarantee you will never be able to look out the window or walk around without understanding how interconnected and complicated nature can be. It’s impressive.

РSt̩phanie Businelli, Head of Global Strategic Communications

A dear friend sent me this beautiful book when I had to quarantine myself after potential exposure to COVID-19, and it gave me much needed comfort and perspective in these strange times. Also forced to stay indoors, the author – who suffers from a neurological illness – delves into the details of a wild snail, mixing scientific details with lyrical reflections on humans and our connections to the natural world. . It’s just pure bliss to read.

– Cassandra Kane, Communication Manager for Conservation Funding

Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist and climate leader that I have admired for quite some time now, so when I saw this book was coming out I knew I had to pre-order it. Johnson co-edited “All We Can Save” with Dr Katharine K. Wilkinson – climate author, teacher, strategist and feminist. Environmentalists frequently note that women are vital voices in the climate movement, but too often they are not given a seat at the table. “All We Can Save” is a diverse collection of essays and poetry sharing stories of truth, courage and solutions by powerful women leaders at the forefront of the climate movement. This book prioritizes and elevates female voices, including black, indigenous and colored writers, scientists and activists. It’s informative and inspiring.

– Mallory Henig, Head of Annual and Planned Giving

Part meditation and call to arms, Helen MacDonald’s new collection of essays is a book about birds that also deals with everything else – the politics of migration, the confusion of adulthood and the heartache of the climate change. But above all, it’s a book about nature’s ability to inspire fear. Equally wonderful are his phrases, which made me gasp (and scare my dog) over and over.

– Raul Quintana, lead writer