Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Day Campaign - 41 Reasons to Plant a Tree for Your Book: Reason no. 38

We have 4 more days of our Earth Day campaign - 41 Reasons to Plant a Tree for Your Book, where we share with you 41 reasons provided by readers in celebration of the upcoming 41st anniversary of Earth Day!

With more than 190,000 trees planted so far on behalf of readers, authors and publishers working with Eco-Libris, it's no surprise that we think planting trees to green up books is a great idea.. But we also want to hear what readers think about it and why they believe planting trees for their books is a good idea.

So for 41 days until Earth Day, we publish here the 41 best replies we receive, one reply a day. All replies are gathered and presented on the Earth Day 2011 page.

Reason no. 38:
Trees are the soul of the earth and books are the soul of humanity - Ben

Thank you Ben for sharing with us your thoughts on planting trees for your books!

Ben, just like all the other readers whose replies we'll publish, is winning one of the great 41 prizes we give away on this campaign, courtesy of our partners. Winners can choose their prize from a great list of gifts including audiobooks from Simon & Schuster Audio (such as The Half Life by Jennifer Weiner, Left Neglected by Lisa Genova and Essence of Happiness by the Dalai Lama) and great books, like Spit That Out! by Paige Wolf and The Healthy Home by Dave Wentz and Dr. Myron Wentz. You can see the full list of the prizes on our earth day campaign's page.

Every day we'll give further details on one of the prizes. Today we present you with the book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg.

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg - Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Whereas just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild, rampant overfishing combined with an unprecedented bio-tech revolution has brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children's children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea.

In Four Fish, award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus---salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna-and examining where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian mega farms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade certified fishing company in the world. He investigates the way PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; Challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost sinks to the bottom of the South Pacific while searching for an alternative to endangered bluefin tuna.

Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food - for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.

Raz @ Eco-Libris

Eco-Libris: Promoting sustainable reading!

Buffalo on the Ridge by Deanna Meyer is joining the "100 Trees Project" of Infinity Publishing and Eco-Libris

Last June we announced our new collaboration with Infinity Publishing, a leading self-publishing company. Infinity launched with Eco-Libris the "100 Trees Project,"a new program to promote environmental sustainability among its authors.

Through the program, authors that publish with Infinity are able to plant 100 trees for the title they publish. These authors also have the option to add a special "100 trees planted for this book" logo to their book's design, as a way to showcase their commitment to environmental sustainability.

Today we're happy to update you on a new book joining the program - Buffalo on the Ridge by Deanna Meyer, a fun and educational adventure book for young readers, which will help parents teach their children about animals and the environment. 100 trees will be planted for this full color book with Eco-Libris!

What's this book about? Here's a description from Infinity Publishing's website:

Buffalo on the Ridge, a fun and educational adventure book for young readers, will help parents teach their children about animals and the environment. Elementary age students will love the trials and tribulations of Bo, a young buffalo, and his prairie dog friend, Pete, who venture outside of their home in Custer State Park, South Dakota. Parents will appreciate the glossary field guide and accurate historical details.

About the author: The artist and author of this story is Deanna R. Meyer. She resides in Shillington, Pennsylvania. She and her husband visited Custer State Park, South Dakota while driving across the United States on their honeymoon. Ms. Meyer is of European and Cherokee tribe ancestry. She has done much to overcome her battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Her formal art training is from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

Buffalo on the Ridge is available for sale on Infinity's website.

Raz @ Eco-Libris

Eco-Libris: Promoting sustainable reading!