This week marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day! Established by Richard Nixon (who knew?!) in 1970, we take April 22 as a day to reflect on our world, pollution, and mother nature. As publishers embracing the digital revolution we must think about the effect our industry has on the environment, and greater implications in relation to climate change and pollution. To commemorate Earth Day, we’re bringing you a list of eco-friendly publishers and links that focus on green publishing.
Island Press is a publisher who’s niche is specifically built to inspire change. Established in 1984, they publish books and develop programs to create a sustainable, green future. They look for solutions to the problems of pollution and climate change. This interesting group is half publisher, half social activist. They partner with different advocacy and social groups to make sure their messages are heard.
Mother Jones is a left-leaning political and social issues magazine with a great pedigree. Established in 1976, Mother Jones takes on the issues because the key to a great democracy is an informed populace. Because they are a non-profit, they cannot legally endorse candidates, which makes their reporting more independent than other for-profit publishers. By publishing truth people will be inspired to take action on the issues they care about. Check out this article on eBooks.
Adirondack Life magazine is a beautifully produced publication featuring breathtaking wildlife flora and fauna photography. Articles feature specific tips about the Adirondack Mountains: travel, animal information, and activities. It’s not hard to understand why people work to protect the environment when you see the beauty laid out in a glossy two page spread.
Eco-Libris is a cool program that centers around the idea that every book you buy was once a tree, so replant it! Kind of like buying carbon offsets, one should replace the resources used. You can go to their website and donate five dollars for their organization to plant 5 trees. They have a lot of great information about how both print and digital publishing alters the environment.