Celebrate Earth Day with Us!

Please join us, as we celebrate Earth Day at the Cornell Library!

Below is a selection of books from our unique environmental collection.

Karl Boyd Brooks’ book in Before Earth Day: The Origins of American Environmental Law, 1945-1970, is a “corrective to standard political and legal history”  of environmental law because Brooks argues that the genre sprung from the New Deal’s legal legacy and emerged post WWII, rather than the 1970’s. Brooks’ historical analysis chronicles the development of environmental law, including its radical addition to academe in 1971.      ENV COLL KF 3775. B727 2009

John A Hannigan explores the social construction of environmental issues in Environmental Sociology A social constructionist perspective.  Hannigan notes that environmental problems do not simply “materialize,” rather they are constructed by people and organizations who, for example, define pollution. Hannigan focuses on the scientific community and media as the institutions who construct “environmental risks, knowledge, crises and solutions.” Hannigan evaluates the following environmental problems through the constructionist lens: acid rain, biodiversity loss and biotechnology. ENV. COLL GE 195.H36 1995

Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise by Earth Day founder, Gaylord Nelson, seeks to revive the public’s attention to the pressing environmental problems and “reawaken” the urgency which fostered the modern environmental movement.  In four parts, Nelson examines the forces which shaped the original earth day, outlines our current environmental challenges, reviews struggles within the environmental movement now, and finally offers some actions steps to protect today’s environment.                                        ENV COLL GE 195.N45 2002

Explorations in Environmental History is a collection of essays, by Samuel P. Hays, considered one of the original and sometimes controversial thinkers in the field of environmental history.  Hay’s essays are autobiographical, in the sense that they chronicle his thinking and the development of his scholarship overtime. Perhaps most importantly, Hay’s seeks to “enable the subject of environmental history to stand by itself” rather than serve as an afterthought in current political and policy debates.                                          ENV COLL  GE 180.H39 1998