What We’re Reading 12-14-21

You may not know this but Whole Earth Provision Co. was originally a bookstore. We still have lots of books and lots of readers on our staff. We share interesting articles and photos amongst ourselves everyday, so starting this week, we thought we would share them with you too.

Here are a few of our favorites from this week:


Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring

Widely considered the most important environmental book ever published, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring has been reissued in a 50th anniversary edition. Margaret Atwood considers its impact and legacy.

Piles of salt near Colchani Bolivia by George Steinmetz

National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz has just published Desert Air, a collection of photographs taken from a paraglider in deserts around the world. This article includes a stunning slideshow.

The pale blue dot of Earth in a photograph taken by Voyager 1 in 1990

Carl Sagan may be fondly remembered for his comment about “billions and billions and billions of stars,” but his words still have the power to inspire us today. Order Animation has created a short video based on his Pale Blue Dot monologue.

This is one of an occasional series of posts of what we’re reading accomplishments of environmentalists, ecologists, travelers, adventurers, thinkers, artists, writers and scientists who have inspired us to a greater appreciation of and participation in life on planet Earth. Who has inspired you? Please let us know in the comments section, so we can add them to our reading list.