On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet.
The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognizes as the planet’s largest civic event.
For its 50th anniversary this year, the theme is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as this year’s most pressing topic.
The titles below are heavily climate-focused, but also include environmental classics and those that focus on the appreciation of our natural world.
A few titles from the list are shown below; to see the complete list