International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated on February 11th. In honor of that holiday, this month’s Earth Optimism book of the month pick is from a pioneering woman in science and conservation whom so many of us in these fields have looked up to – Jane Goodall.
The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times was created from dialogues between Jane and her coauthor, Douglas Abrams, about she has learned to be hopeful for the future of our planet through her life and career. It’s a perfect testament to why movements like Earth Optimism are so crucial to the global conversations about climate and conservation.
And since February is a short month (that feels even shorter for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere with still limited daylight), this pick will be a quick, inspiring read at only about 200 pages. Let us know if you’re diving in the Book of Hope with us this month and if it helps shape your thoughts about looking ahead with hope and optimism.
About the Earth Optimism Book of the Month: Each month we will read a book that inspires a feeling of hope for our planet and welcome you to join us. Think of it as a virtual book club – at the beginning of each month, we’ll share a new title and why we chose it. Over the following weeks, we will post check-ins on social media to see who is reading along and hopefully spark some thoughtful conversations. We will intentionally choose books released at least a few months but maybe even many years ago as we want you to be able to access the titles by visiting your library, finding a used copy, or borrowing it from a friend. If you’re a hardened bibliophile and prefer to purchase new to add to your personal library, be sure to support your local bookstore!