14 books inspired by nature, heritage and culture


World Heritage Day, celebrated annually on April 18, celebrates UNESCO-designated sites that contain cultural, historical, scientific and natural heritage considered to be of exceptional value to humanity. The theme for 2022 is Heritage and Climate.

As of this year, 1,154 World Heritage sites (897 cultural properties, 218 natural properties and 39 mixed properties) exist in 167 countries, according to the Geneva Environmental Network. The five countries with the most sites are Italy (58), China (56), Germany (51), France (49) and Spain (49).

Earth Day 2022 emphasizes that “a green future is a prosperous future” and its theme, Investing in our planet, urges organizations and individuals to be aware of the effects of climate change.

Everyone can play a role in preserving and protecting our health, our families and our livelihoods, says Earthday.Orgwhose mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement around the world.

Nature, heritage and culture have inspired many books, from those that expose what’s happening in the world to titles that inspire action. Dive into the headlines below for ideas on what you can do to protect our planet from pollution and other threats and make it a healthier place to live.

George Town — World Heritage Site
By Mark Thompson and Karl Steinberg

Attracting travelers from all over the world, George Town, Penang is an enchanting Unesco World Heritage Site with a rich history. George Town — World Heritage Site by Mark Thompson and Karl Steinberg, with photographs by Adrian Cheah, guides readers through Penang in the 19th century, with a detailed inspection of architecture and traditions. Some of the iconic sites explored include Kuan Yin Temple, Cheong Fatt Tze (also known as Blue Mansion), Muntri Street, Saint Xavier’s Institution, Seven Terraces and Love Lane. Narrating the legacy and lives of key figures of the time and recounting the trials and tribulations of Penang’s heyday, this book is the perfect introduction to how Penang became the amazing city it is today.

The handbook of sustainable travel
By Lonely Planet

As we all start to travel again, maybe it’s best to leaf through Lonely Planet The handbook of sustainable travel to ensure that our adventures do not increase our carbon footprint. Eco-friendly tourism is the way of the future and this guide is packed with tips from sustainable travel experts whose tips will make life easier for an eco-conscious traveler. Showcasing an impressive range of destinations – including Guyana, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Jordan – this book teaches travelers how to respect the environment and indigenous cultures, as well as ways to reduce their carbon emissions and waste. plastics.

Under a white sky
By Elizabeth Kolbert

If you’ve read Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Kolbert’s book The sixth extinction, you would know how our pursuit of modernity has reshaped the natural world for the worse. In Under a white sky, Kolbert meets engineers turning carbon emissions to stone in Iceland; Australian researchers who are developing a super coral capable of surviving in warmer waters; and physicists who plan to fire tiny diamonds into the stratosphere to cool the earth, potentially bleaching the blue of the sky (hence the title of the book). It’s a gripping tale of human attempts to control nature with technology, underscored with a raw irony that lies in both its use for exploitation and salvation.

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Hard Times
By Jane Goodall + Douglas Abrams

In a world plagued by despair and tragedy, Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams book of hope is a revitalizing breath of fresh air. Goodall is not afraid to lay out the grim facts, but presents them alongside observations gleaned from his decades as a naturalist to sow seeds of hope in the incredible human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power youth and the indomitable human spirit. Goodall’s gentleness, wisdom and sincerity guide the reader through his inspirational environmental advocacy, told through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue with Abrams as well as images from his career.

Links: a brief description of the kingdoms of the Malay Archipelago and the kingdoms of Southeast Asia
By Devinder Raj

This book provides an overview of Indianized kingdoms in pre-modern Southeast Asia. Gathering multiple secondary sources, he studies the kingdoms of the Malay Archipelago, such as Langkasuka, one of the oldest kingdoms located at the crossroads between India and China. It also examines the kingdoms of greater Southeast Asia, including Chola, Srivijaya, Funan, Champa, Sailendra, Majapahit, Angkor and Ayutthaya, detailing how they all had ties to the kingdoms of the Malay Archipelago. Spurred by a traveller’s curiosity, the book captures some of the ongoing efforts to uncover the history of this period and addresses a dearth in Malaysian historiography often centered on Melaka.

Best of Kinabalu Park: A Photographic Journey in Kinabalu Park
By John Kong

Intrepid travelers have made passionate cases for nature conservation, but no one does it quite like John Kong. The adventurer, who has climbed Mount Kinabalu several times, has consolidated five years of Kinabalu Park photography into a visual compendium that invites readers to visit the lush forest-clad foothills and jagged granite peaks of the premier heritage site. Malaysian World Cup, designated by Unesco in December. 2000. Each entry in this illustrated booklet highlights a unique story, along with expert advice and information about park facilities to make your trip a rewarding experience.

National Geographic’s ultimate visual history of the world
By Jean-Pierre Isbouts

This monumental volume follows the fascinating threads of human history, illustrated with maps, archival images and revealing photographs. Bringing the story to life, each page is filled with stunning visuals and thought-provoking text. This comprehensive overview of humanity features tales ranging from the Babylonian Empire to the Persian Gulf War; China’s Xia and Shang Dynasties from the Bronze Age to the New Space Race; and Egyptian hieroglyphics in the digital age. Each chapter includes notable dates, salient quotes from the era, explanatory maps, fascinating stories, photographs of artifacts and landscapes, and artwork depicting dramatic scenes.

A Walk in Nature: A Clover Robin Insight Book
By Libby Walden

Our natural environment is changing every day, and often it’s easy to forget to take a moment and savor it. Composed of a series of 13 poems on different aspects of nature, from a blooming flower to a wriggling worm, this extravagantly illustrated book, with its pages filled with fascinating colorful images, evokes the warmth and admiration for our beautiful planet and the countless breathtaking sights it offers. The rhyming paragraphs containing fascinating facts about the planet will make an appropriate book for young readers interested in wildlife and stimulate in them an appreciation of the land.

Melaka: UNESCO World Heritage Site – A worldly mix of architecture
By Yap Hanzhen

This book is not a word among many others. Take a trip to one of Malaysia’s most famous tourist destinations brimming with rich cultural heritage – Melaka. Just north of his hometown of Johor Baru, illustrator Yap Hanzhen has filled the pages of this book with 20 hand-drawn sketches of the iconic buildings the state has to offer, such as Christ Church and the Kampung Kling mosque. Covering a range of architectural styles with its detailed features, it successfully reflects the diverse history of Melaka through these designs, which would appeal to culture and structure enthusiasts.

the universe
By Lonely Planet

Developed with the latest data from NASA, Lonely Planet takes readers to the far reaches of the solar system, to nearby stars and planetary systems, and finally to the rest of the galaxy and universe. Unique to these pages are wonderful comparisons of Earth with other worlds in the solar system. In addition to planets and moons, the guide will introduce readers to the sun, the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt. The structure of the Milky Way as well as other galactic cluster and supercluster formations are also examined.

Bujang Valley: the wonder that was ancient Kedah
By V Nadarajan

V Nadarajan, former history teacher of Sungai Petani, Kedah, conducted extensive research on Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum (Lembah Bujang). The author uncovers the development of culture and civilization of the international trading center in ancient times, especially among traders from India and China. With a foreword by the late national historian Khoo Kay Kim, the 135-page book contains over 100 images and maps of the historic site. The book has also been translated into Tamil and Malay.

Who Cares Wins: Reasons to be Optimistic in Our Changing World
By Lily Cole

Many of us are aware of the urgency of protecting our planet as global warming has reached terrifying heights of severity. We’ve taken small steps like restricting the use of plastic straws and plastic bags. So what’s the next step? In who cares wins, Lily Cole provides a positive and informative overview of the situation. Through her personal experiences and conversations with other fascinating people, she creates an inspiring and thought-provoking book that challenges her audience to take action and care about this widespread problem to ensure a secure future for ours and those of us. of our descendants.

man versus nature
By Diane Cook

A first collection of refreshing, imaginative and daring stories, man versus nature illuminates with a bold spirit the complexity of human behavior, seen through the prism of the natural world. Told with perfect pacing and unyielding brutality, these stories expose unsuspecting men and women to the realities of nature, the primal human instincts, the dark humor and heartache of our struggle not just to prosper, but also to survive. As entertaining as it is dangerous, this accomplished collection explores the boundary between the savage and the civilized, where nature acts as a catalyst for human drama and lays bare our vulnerabilities, fears and desires.

Visions of Mulu: 60 million years of creation
By Brian and Sue Clark

Gunung Mulu National Park may be the most studied tropical karst area in the world, but there is still much to discover. Co-authors Brian and Sue Clark of Borsarmulu Park Management plumb the depths of this reservoir of biodiversity, whose greatest attractions such as wildlife and geology lie deep below the surface. If visiting a heritage site can trigger an epiphany, it can also illuminate a moment in history. Case in point: A third of the book details the elaborate formation of Gunung Mulu and explains how its limestone cave system houses the Sarawak Chamber, the largest natural chamber in the world.

This article was first published on April 18, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.


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