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22 April 2020

Press marks 50 years of Earth Day

Some of the best writing and research on conservation and the environment is being made freely available to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on 22 April and its theme of climate action.

Due to the global pandemic, Earth Day 2020 will take the form of a digital day of action, with the organizers aiming to ‘fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more’.

Cambridge University Press will be adding its voice and offering a huge range of free, online content throughout the months of April and May, from book chapters and journal articles, to blog posts, videos and podcasts.

The collection includes the Open Access title The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success by Mark Jaccard, which shows us how to recognize the essential actions and policies need to fight climate change; how we can all make a few key changes in our lifestyles; and how to distinguish climate-sincere from insincere politicians and increase the chances of electing and sustaining these leaders in power.

Among the other highlights are extracts from award winning Press titles, including its fastest and best-selling titles of 2019, There Is No Planet B, by Mike Berners-Lee. Subtitled ‘a handbook for the make or break years’, the book not only provides the big picture on environmental issues in a clear, joined-up way, but offers advice on what can be done, from government policy down to personal actions.

Other featured titles include Julian Cribbs’ Food or War, which describes a new food system capable of meeting our global needs on a hot and overcrowded planet. Our future supply of food is filled with risk, and history tells us that lack of food leads to war. But it also presents us with spectacular opportunities for fresh human creativity and technological prowess.

There is also free access to a separate collection of higher education textbooks relating to climate action, and articles from a number of Press journals, including Global Sustainability, Environmental Conservation, Antarctic Science, and Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation

Dr Dominic Lewis, Senior Commissioning Editor for Life Sciences at the Press, said: Cambridge University Press publishes books and journals on the environment at all levels, from popular science to student textbooks and research volumes. Our publishing includes high quality content from top scientists, researchers and experts from around the world.

“That’s reflected in the collections we have made freely accessible this year, with something for everyone, from the latest research to popular science.”

To see the full list of books, chapters and articles on offer, visit the Press’s Earth Day homepage at All the books featured in the collections are available to buy online at a 20 per cent discount using the code EARTHDAY20 at the checkout.

The Press has also been taking steps to protect the environment, reduce its impact and meet its commitment to become a carbon neutral business by 2048.

It recently installed one of the UK's largest flat roof solar installations at its Cambridge office, which should reduce the carbon footprint of its UK operation by around 20 per cent. Together with the installation of more energy efficient lighting, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, this has reduced the amount of electricity purchased at the Cambridge site by more than 40 per cent. All the electricity purchased by the Press in the UK comes from renewable sources.

Fleet car mileage has also been reduced, driving a 20 per cent drop in carbon emissions from fleet and pool vehicles, while additional electric car charging points have been installed.

During 2019, the World Wildlife Fund awarded the Press its highest rating of 3 Trees for sustainable timber performance on its annual Timber Scorecard report. The score was thanks to a sustainable procurement policy, which minimises negative impacts from trading activities on the environment and local communities.

Other initiatives include the removal of plastic cups, food packing and cutlery, which has contributed to a 79 per cent reduction in waste; replacing stationary with sustainable alternatives, such as cardboard binders in place of plastic and pens made from recycled bottles.

Helen Griggs, Director for Global Environment, Property, Procurement & Supply, said: “The range, reach and impact of our publishing, together with concrete actions to make our operations more sustainable and the energy and enthusiasm of our colleagues, makes for a powerful combination. They also show a deep, genuine and long-term commitment to helping build a sustainable future for people and planet.”

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