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50 Ways to Save the Ocean
Inner Ocean Action Guide
by David Helvarg (Author), Philippe Cousteau (Foreword), Jim Toomey (Illustrator)

The oceans, and the challenges they face, are so vast that it’s easy to feel powerless to protect them. 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, written by veteran environmental journalist David Helvarg, focuses on practical, easily-implemented actions everyone can take to protect and conserve this vital resource. Well-researched, personal, and sometimes whimsical, the book addresses daily choices that affect the ocean's health: what fish should and should not be eaten; how and where to vacation; storm drains and driveway run-off; protecting local water tables; proper diving, surfing, and tide pool etiquette; and supporting local marine education. Helvarg also looks at what can be done to stir the waters of seemingly daunting issues such as toxic pollutant runoff; protecting wetlands and sanctuaries; keeping oil rigs off shore; saving reef environments; and replenishing fish reserves.



 

 

 
147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability
by Brian Dunbar William M Timpson (Author)

All who work with sustainability issues realize that it is a community project. We must decide collectively about the earth and its future. As a community — be it a geographic, social, academic, or professional community — we need to know where to begin, how to collaboratively work, and where to find resources.

Most of us belong to communities that are concerned about sustainability issues, but do not have that as their primary mandate, such as a business, a history class, or a civic group. These groups have a tremendous opportunity to incorporate sustainability awareness into their activities. And this volume will help find those opportunities and make the best use of group resources.



 

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Be the Change You Want to See in the World

365 Things You can do for Yourself and your Planet

by Julie Fisher-McGarry (Author), John Robbins (Forewrod)

In Be the Change You Want to See in the World, Julie Fisher-McGarry speaks to the burgeoning eco-conscious-consumer market on how to dwell well on a daily basis. Organized by month, she includes tips on living green, where to purchase organic and fair-trade products, how to unplug from the grid, supporting local economies, and nourishing the earth and creating a sustainable lifestyle.



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Better World Handbook, The
From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions

by Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, Brett Johnson, Brian Klocke (Contributor)

Book Description
It would be a perfect world if everyone could quit their jobs and devote themselves fully to the causes they believed in. The Better World Handbook shows ordinary, caring people how to live out their values and have a life as well! The principle behind this informative and user-friendly guide is to incorporate everyday activism into even the most mundane areas of our busy lives-like grocery shopping, banking, eating, reading the newspaper, and working.



 

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Bioregional Solutions:

For Living on One Planet (Schumacher Briefings)
By Pooran Desai (Author), Sue Riddlestone (Author)

We live in a consumer society, and over-consumption is the driving force of
environmental degradation. This stark reality led Pooran Desai and Sue Riddlestone to
found BioRegional Development Group. In this Briefing they show how we can meet more of our needs for wood products, paper, textiles, food and housing from local renewable and waste resources. They outline the theoretical framework of bioregional development and the award winning practical solutions that BioRegional have developed with industry partners. They quantify how we can significantly reduce CO2 emissions and recycle waste, and so greatly reduce our ecological footprint.


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Blessed Unrest
How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
by Paul Hawken (Author)

From Booklist
*Starred Review* The profusion of good causes and the nonprofit groups that advance them can seem laughably overwhelming, but without altruistic grass-roots efforts, the world would be a far less merciful place. Environmentalist Hawken believes that we are in the midst of a world-changing rise of activist groups, all "working toward ecological sustainability and social justice." Rather than an ideological or centralized movement, this coalescence is a spontaneous and organic response to the recognition that environmental problems are social-justice problems. Writing with zest, clarity, and a touch of wonder, Hawken compares this gathering of forces to the human immune system. Just as antibodies rally when the body is under threat, people are joining together to defend life on Earth. Hawken offers a fascinating history of our perception of nature and human rights and assesses the role indigenous cultures are playing in the quest for ecological responsibility and economic fairness. Hawken also presents an unprecedented map to this new "social landscape" that includes a classification system defining astonishingly diverse concerns, ranging from farming to child welfare, ocean preservation, and beyond. Fresh and informative, Hawken's inspired overview charts much that is right in the world. Donna Seaman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
 


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Call of Service, The

by Robert Coles (Author)

From Library Journal
Coles is the prolific and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such works as The Spiritual Life of Children ( LJ 11/1/90). Here he examines idealism, the drive that leads people to be of service to others. This service takes a variety of forms, from the formal (e.g., the Peace Corps) to simple volunteer work in hospitals, schools, and the like. Coles makes the subject interesting by letting the people who serve talk about their work. These doers, including Coles himself, tell of the satisfactions and the hazards of service. Let it be known that idealism or service is not a one-way street, Coles maintains. Those who give are as much receivers and learners. This engaging and inspiring book is highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/93.
- John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Coming Back to Life

Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
by Joanna Macy, Molly Young Brown


Many of us feel called to respond to the ecological destruction of our planet, yet we feel overwhelmed, immobilized, and unable to deal realistically with the threats to life on Earth. Noted spiritual and environmental thinkers Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown contend that this crippling response to world crisis is a psychological defense mechanism that has been endemic since the years of the Cold War arms race, when we had to adapt within a single generation to the horrific possibility of nuclear holocaust.

At the interface between spiritual breakthrough and social action, Coming Back to Life is eloquent and compelling as well as being an inspiring and practical guide. The first third of the book discusses with extraordinary insight the angst of our era, and the pain, fear, guilt and inaction it has engendered; it then points forward to the way out of apathy, to "the work that reconnects". The rest of the book offers both personal counsel and easy-to-use methods for working with groups in a number of ways to profoundly affect peoples' outlook and ability to act in the world.


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Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century, The

by Environmental Careers Organization (Author)

Chapters examine the entire spectrum of career fields, with each chapter providing an "at a glance" summary of the field; discussion of history and background along with current issues and trends; examination of specific career opportunities and the educational requirements for each; salary ranges by type of employer, level of experience, and responsibility; and an extensive list of resources for further information. Fields profiled include: planning, education and communications, energy management and conservation, fisheries and wildlife management, forestry, land and water conservation, and others.

Written at a broad introductory level, The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century provides an informative and inspirational starting place from which to learn more about specific fields. For recent college graduates, students, volunteers, librarians, career counselors, or anyone interested in working to protect the environment, it is an essential reference.
 


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Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices, The
By Michael Brower and Warren Leon

From School Library Journal
YA-Brower and Leon, along with input from their colleagues, present statistics, describe solutions, and endorse steps for readers to take to live more ecologically based lifestyles as consumers of the Earth's resources. They encourage individuals to go beyond basic recycling and to look at changing the policies of government and large institutions, explain how negatively consumer choices can affect the environment, and present a quantitative analysis of which items most affect the environment. Important information is dramatically put forth in highlighted boxes of lists. The authors stress the fact that choice is the optimal word for today's consumers and some choices are easier than others. They wisely point out that some consumers don't have the leeway to make what might be considered the most ecological of choices available and present different styles of compromise in a variety of situations. A list of active Web sites for additional information and other pertinent resources is appended. Young adults interested in effecting change will find sources to help in their search as well as proven research to help them make their own decisions.
Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 


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Convering World, The:
How One Community's Path to Zero Waste is  Helping Save Our Planet
by John Pontin

Faced with the challenge of making the English village of Chew Magna a zero waste society, John Pontin and his Converging World program developed a groundbreaking non-profit scheme that twinned the town with Tamil Nadu, a poor rural community in southern India. In this captivating account, Pontin describes how he developed a system of wind turbines for Tamil Nadu that would not only reduce the community's reliance on fossil fuels but also provide a local source of sustainable income. The carbon credits produced from the wind turbines were sold in Chew Magna to individuals and businesses to offset emissions. The effects of this scheme were dramatic and exhilarating: while Chew Magna grew closer to zero waste, Tamil Nadu's carbon emissions and poverty levels diminished accordingly. This innovative story presents a model of action for any individual or community concerned about climate change, environmental damage, social inequality, and the plight of developing nations.


 


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Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac
Celebrating Nature And Her Rhythms In The City
by Eric Utne

From Publishers Weekly
Channeling the spirit of Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard, the founding publisher of Utne magazine (formerly known as the Utne Reader) brings together a delightful assortment of folksy knowledge in this guide for the urban citizen. In charging readers to "Look Up," "Look Out" and "Look In," Utne (aka Cosmo Doogood) hopes that city dwellers will connect better with themselves and their surroundings: "we are always in nature, wherever we are." Opening sections consider the pleasures of walking, the possibilities of gardening and the probabilities of wildlife sighting within city limits; the volume then becomes an eclectic and fascinating day planner, in which one can record one’s engagements on pages that also serve up poems, photographs, trivia (e.g., January is mail-order gardening month), recipes (Caprese salad; baked apples), quotes ("Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment"), travel suggestions (New Orleans’s Magazine Street), thumbnail biographies (Pharrell Williams; Rembrandt), history lessons (on the birth of the Transcendentalist Movement) and "civilizing ideas" (citizen wisdom councils; community gardens). There’s something interesting on every page of this fun and useful guide.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
 


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Courage for the Earth
Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson
by Peter Matthiessen (Editor)

From Booklist
Rachel Carson is remembered as a hero for raising the alarm over ocean pollution and pesticides, and she is cherished for the sheer beauty of her writing. In introducing this thoughtful tribute to Carson marking the centennial of her birth, Matthiessen writes with stirring insight into Carson's spirit and achievements, setting the tone for the dozen affecting essays that follow. Biographer Linda Lear attests to Carson's "literary genius" and profound sense of responsibility. John Elder delves into Carson's poetic language. Al Gore writes with particular empathy about the vicious attacks Carson endured when Silent Spring was published, in 1962, a work that elegantly yet ferociously questions business as usual in light of environmental concerns. Edward O. Wilson calls Carson "valiant," and Terry Tempest Williams praises Carson's "moral courage." Brought down at 56 by cancer linked to the pollution she decried, Carson wrote exactingly, rhapsodically, and presciently: "It is one of the ironies of our time that, while concentrating on the defense of our country against enemies from without, we should be so heedless of those who would destroy it from within." Donna Seaman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
 


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EcoMind:
Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

by Frances Moore (Author)


In EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappé—a giant of the environmental movement—confronts accepted wisdom of environmentalism. Drawing on the latest research from anthropology to neuroscience and her own field experience, she argues that the biggest challenge to human survival isn’t our fossil fuel dependency, melting glaciers, or other calamities. Rather, it’s our faulty way of thinking about these environmental crises that robs us of power. Lappé dismantles seven common “thought traps”—from limits to growth to the failings of democracy— that belief what we now know about nature, including our own, and offers contrasting “thought leaps” that reveal our hidden power.


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Environmental Destruction of South Florida, The

What You can do to stop
by William Ross McCluney, Ross McCluney

The book is a collection of essays about the environmental problems of South Florida as of 1971, including chapters on environmental activism by James and Polly Redford and additional ones by Joe Browder and Judith Wilson of the National Audubon Society.

A chapter by naturalist Frank C. Craighead, Sr. (father of twin brothers Frank Cooper Craighead, Jr. and John Craighead, prolific nature authors) provides early glimpses of South Florida before it became inundated with people and technology.

 


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Fight Global Warming Now

The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community
by Bill McKibben (Author)

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Introduction

Despite the array of groups and organizations working on global warming, we are still missing a key element: the movement. Along with the hard work of not-for-profit lobbyists, environmental lawyers, green economists, sustainability-minded engineers, and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, it’s going to take the inspired political involvement of millions of Americans to get our country on track to solving this problem. Linked up by the Internet and a common vision, we can start to make change from the local level to the national and global. We hope this book will give you the skills and inspiration you need to jump into this growing movement. It’s hard work, but—take it from us—it can be a lot of fun, too.

In 1968, observing the state of civil rights in America, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” Today, we are feeling that fierce urgency again for two reasons. The first is that scientists are telling us that we are running out of time even faster than we thought. If we don’t act within the next few years, we won’t be able to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The second reason is a more hopeful one. Recent political changes in Washington DC and around the country have finally created an opportunity for genuine political action on global warming. There is no guarantee that this situation will last. If you’ve been a little paralyzed by the sheer size and horror of global warming, now is the time to start moving forward, fast.

Copyright © 2007 by Bill McKibben. All rights reserved.
 


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Getting Green Done
Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution
by Auden Schendler

"Green” has finally hit the mainstream. Soccer moms drive Priuses. And the business consultants say it’s easy and profitable. In reality, though, many green-leaning businesses, families, and governments are still fiddling while the planet burns. Why? Because implementing sustainability is brutally difficult.

In this witty and contrarian book, Auden Schendler, a sustainable business foot soldier with over a decade’s worth of experience, gives us a peek under the hood of the green movement. The consultants, he argues, are clueless. Fluorescent bulbs might be better for our atmosphere, but what do you say to the boutique hotel owner who thinks they detract from his?

We’ll only solve our problems if we’re realistic about the challenge of climate change. In this eye-opening, inspiring book, Schendler illuminates the path.



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Greening Your Office
From Cupboard to Corporation, An A-Z Guide
by John Clift, Amanda Cuthbert

An alphabetical guide (A-Z) to energy and resource saving tips for offices of all sizes, from energy use to better supply purchases, to recycling and reusing materials, plus summaries of a range of renewable energy options, commuting techniques, and more.

 

 



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Learning & Engagement Guide
The Sustainable World Sourcebook
by Sustainable World Coalition (Author), Vinit Allen (Introduction), Paul Hawken (Foreword)

As we come to understand the urgency of our multiple global crises, we become motivated to get involved, to make use of our collective wisdom and our capacity to work for solutions in community.

The Sustainable World SourceBook is designed to support readers in finding pathways for effective individual and group action. It cuts through the glut of information, providing a clear, concise overview of the most important issues and aspects of sustainability that everyone needs to know. And it's packed with successful models and inspiring examples. This richly illustrated, beautifully designed, full-color manual addresses:

-Environmental issues and their impacts, along with a prescription for rapid, large-scale change
-Energy resources, peak oil, conservation, and emerging technologies
-The global financial crisis, economic transition, green jobs, and sustainable business
-Poverty, health, education, food security, and social justice
-Local, sustainable communities and engaged citizens
-Green lifestyle choices

Featuring a foreword written by renowned environmentalist and best-selling author Paul Hawken, the Sustainable World SourceBook will appeal to anyone seeking an understanding of a broad range of sustainability issues. Focused on solutions and actions, it is the essential guidebook for every concerned citizen.
 




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Making Good:

Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World
By Dev Aujla, Billy Parish

As we emerge from the recession, a generation is searching for practical answers about how to succeed and make positive change in the world. With real-life success stories and practical advice and exercises, Making Good outlines how to find opportunities to effect change and make money. These opportunities are not just for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies: Making Good shows step-bystep how any person can achieve financial autonomy, capitalize on global changes to infrastructure, and learn from everyday success stories--providing the skills and insights this generation needs to succeed and build careers and lives of consequence.

Charismatic, young, and passionate, Billy Parish and Dev Aujla have been recognized in media outlets like Vanity Fair, Salon, and Rolling Stone as the voices of their generation. They are at the vanguard of figuring out how the next generation will rethink, reimagine, and rebuild the world around us. Making Good culls the knowledge that has allowed Billy and Dev to build thriving, meaningful careers into a book that will be What Color Is Your Parachute? for the Facebook generation.
 



 

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Mindfully Green
A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking
by Stephanie Kaza

From Publishers Weekly
Kaza, a biologist and professor of Environmental Studies at University of Vermont, combines Zen Buddhist practices and teachings with her 40 years as an environmentalist for this guide to enlightened environmentalism, proposing a belief in the interdependence of people and nature as the genuine way to "go green": "When we come to see ourselves as part of the green web of life... we are naturally drawn to respond with compassion." In three parts, she guides readers through the principles of Buddhism as they apply to taking responsible action toward the earth: reducing harm, understanding suffering, seeing the big picture, letting go of desire and being in the moment. In parts two and three, she advises practical steps for joining in and taking action in everyday life and community. Kaza's measured, focused text and clear command of Buddhism and ecology should shore up convictions and commitment in the newly green, and help secular environmentalists connect with their spiritual side.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
 


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Mold Survival Guide, The
For Your Home and For Your Health
by Jeffrey C. May, Connie L. May
 

What molds are, why and where they grow, and how to rid our living spaces of these dangerous fungal microorganisms. The authors furnish clear explanations, examples from actual situations, and valuable advice... A storehouse of knowledge presented in a readable style.


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Natural Step, The

by David Cook
 

The Natural Step framework for sustainability was first developed in 1989. The framework and the organization, The Natural Step International, have been through many changes during that time, yet the essence of this unique, science-based approach remains unchanged: It is a way of seeing the world that helps decision-makers put sustainable development into action. TNS is now wellknown around the world. There are teams established in ten countries and growing activity in several others.


In this Schumacher Briefing, David Cook tells the story of the organization’s evolution from its start in Sweden to the present day. Based upon science and systems thinking, the basic components of The Natural Step framework are laid out in the text. The Briefing gives a deeper exposition of the power of systems thinking and its crucial relevance to leadership in the world today.



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Natural Step Story, The
Seeding a Quiet Revolution
By Karl-Henrik Robert foreword by Ray C. Anderson

Few organizations have been as influential as The Natural Step in empowering and inspiring people to design a more sustainable world. In The Natural Step Story, Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt describes first hand the evolution of the Natural Step framework comprised of four system conditions essential for the maintenance of life on Earth, together with a robust methodology for how to apply them strategically. Adopted by a growing number of major companies, universities and municipalities, The Natural Step is about improving sustainable economic performance through more devotion to social and ecological sustainability than one's competitors - rather than in spite of it. The Natural Step Story will appeal to all with a passion for sustainability, including business leaders, academics, journalists, activists, and students.



 


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New Transitional Activism, The

by Sidney Tarrow
 

From labor organizers to immigrant activists, from environmentalists to human rights campaigners, from global justice protesters to Islamic militants, this book shows how ordinary people gain new perspectives, experiment with new forms of action, and sometimes emerge with new identities through their contacts across borders. It asks to what extent transnational activism changes domestic actors, their forms of claim making, and their prevailing strategies. Does it simply project the conflicts and alignments familiar from domestic politics onto a broader stage, or does it create a new political arena in which domestic and international contentions fuse? And if the latter, how will this development affect internationalization and the traditional division between domestic and international politics?

 



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Power in Movement

Social Movements and Contentious Politics
by Sidney Tarrow
 

Social movements have an elusive power but one that is altogether real. From the French and American revolutions to the post-Soviet, ethnic, and terrorist movements of today, contentious politics exercises a fleeting but powerful influence on politics, society, and international relations. This study surveys the modern history of the modern social movements in the West and their diffusion to the global South through war, colonialism, and diffusion, and it puts forward a theory to explain its cyclical surges and declines. It offers an interpretation of the power of movements that emphasizes effects on the lives of militants, policy reforms, political institutions, and cultural change. The book focuses on the rise and fall of social movements as part of contentious politics in general and as the outcome of changes in political opportunities and constraints, state strategy, the new media of communication, and transnational diffusion.

 


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Ready, Set, Green

Eight Weeks to Modern Eco-Living

by Graham Hill, Meaghan O'Neill (Author)

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Chapter 1

The Future Is Green

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Look out your window. What do you see? A paved street and electrical wires? Meadows and birds? A farm full of cows? Whatever surrounds you, that's the environment. And whether it was created by Mother Nature or the municipal works department, humans aren't separate from it. Just as hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes have an effect on our well-being, we have an effect on nature, polluting water via our factories and homes, reducing mountains to piles of coal that we burn for energy, packing landfills with our used-up cars and electronics packaging. Luckily, it turns out we also have the power to clean up after ourselves.

At TreeHugger.com, the website dedicated to modern green living, we believe that cutting-edge ideas, technology, and design-and, more important, people with the right attitude-can help save the environment. This book was conceived to help readers develop an understanding of existing eco dilemmas, and to empower them to help reverse the problems. We don't have all the answers; no one does. But we believe that individuals do have the power to "green" the planet. Your dollars count. Your vote counts. Your actions count. And when millions of people do the right thing, it can have a serious impact.
 


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Shades of Green
Environment Activism Around the Globe (International Environmental History)
by Christof Mauch (Author)

Shades of Green examines the impact of political, economic, religious, and scientific institutions on environmental activism around the world. The book highlights the diversity of national, regional and international environmental activism, showing that the term "environmentalism" covers an entire range of perceptions, values and interests. It demonstrates that each instance of environmental activism is shaped by historically unique circumstances, highlighting within each chapter the ideological, social, and political origins of efforts to protect the environment. Discussing issues unique to different parts of the world, Shades of Green shows that environmentalism around the globe has been strengthened, weakened, or suppressed by a variety of local, national, and international concerns, politics, and social realities.


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Soul of a Citizen
Living with Conviction in Challenging Times
by Paul Rogat Loeb

Soul of a Citizen explores what leads some people to get involved in larger community issues while others feel overwhelmed or uncertain; what it takes to maintain commitment for the long haul; and how involvement can give back a sense of connection and purpose rare in purely personal life. Writing in an engaging and evocative style, Loeb offers profound lessons: "Our efforts can do more—for ourselves and for the world—than we may ever imagine. We don't have to become saints—or wait for the perfect situation—to take action. Change happens little by little, step by step. We can savor the journey of engagement, even though our ultimate destination is unclear. The impact of our efforts will often ripple outward in ways we cannot predict."

 


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Sustainable Planet
Solutions for the Twenty-first Century
by Juliet Schor (Editor), Betsy Taylor (Author)

From Library Journal
The mission of the Center for a New American Dream (CNAD) is to "help people consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life and promote social justice." Schor, author of The Overworked American and a member of CNAD's advisory board, and CNAD executive director Taylor present 16 essays that contain case studies, illustrations, and examples in support of that mission. The diverse essayists, some better known than others, include a congresswoman (Nydia M. Vel zquez, D-NY), a CEO (Jeffrey Hollender, Seventh Generation), an economist (John Cavanagh), and an author (Bill McKibben). But all have an abiding interest in the concept of sustainability, and practical action suggestions abound. Several of the articles will raise the awareness of those who are not fully alert to the impact of their consumer choices and how interwoven with environmental and social quality the purchase of a piece of clothing or an overly equipped car really is. This is a positive, informative, hopeful, and concrete anthology. Highly recommended for most environmental collections, public and academic, though those who might benefit the most may be those least likely to read it.
Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Thirty-Year Plan:
Thirty Writers on What We Need To Build A Better Future
by Orion

Orion asks thirty writers and thinkers to name one thing we will increasingly need over the next thirty years if humans are going to find a way to live happily, sustainably, redeemably on earth. Here is the result. From “optimism” to “improvisation,” from “young farmers” to “empty pockets,” the responses collected here are as wide-ranging as they are compelling. Imbued with thoughtfulness and buoyed by a profound sense of justice, this thin volume makes an eloquent statement about the future of humanity.

 

 

 

 

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Transition Handbook, The
From oil dependency to local resilience
by Rob Hopkins (Author), Richard Heinberg (Foreword)

We live in an oil-dependent world, arriving at this level of dependency in a very short space of time by treating petroleum as if it were in infinite supply. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities that will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies to keep money in the local area.

There are now over 30 "transition towns" in the UK, Australia and New Zealand with more joining as the idea takes off. They provide valuable experience and lessons-learned for those of us on this side of the Atlantic. With little proactive thinking at the governmental level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally. If your town is not a transition town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process.

 

 

 

 

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Transition Timeline, The
Through a local, resilient future
by Shaun Chamberlin (Author), Rob Hopkins (Foreword)

The Transition Timeline lightens the fear of our uncertain future, providing a map of what we are facing and the different pathways available to us. It describes four possible scenarios for the UK and world over the next twenty years, ranging from Denial, in which we reap the consequences of failing to acknowledge and respond to our environmental challenges, to the Transition Vision, in which we shift our cultural assumptions to fit our circumstances and move into a more fulfilling, lower energy world.

The practical, realistic details of this Transition Vision are examined in depth, covering key areas such as food, energy, demographics, transport and healthcare, and they provide a sense of context for communities working towards a thriving future. The book also provides a detailed and accessible update on climate change and peak oil and the interactions between them, including their impacts in the UK, present and future.

Use it. Choose your path, and then make that future real with your actions, individually and with your community. As Rob Hopkins outlines in his foreword, there is a rapidly spreading movement addressing these challenges, and it needs you.
 


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Urban Almanac, The
Celebrating Nature and her rhythms in the City
by Eric Utne

Channeling the spirit of Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard, the founding publisher of Utne magazine (formerly known as the Utne Reader) brings together a delightful assortment of folksy knowledge in this guide for the urban citizen. In charging readers to "Look Up," "Look Out" and "Look In," Utne (aka Cosmo Doogood) hopes that city dwellers will connect better with themselves and their surroundings: "we are always in nature, wherever we are." Opening sections consider the pleasures of walking, the possibilities of gardening and the probabilities of wildlife sighting within city limits; the volume then becomes an eclectic and fascinating day planner, in which one can record one’s engagements on pages that also serve up poems, photographs, trivia (e.g., January is mail-order gardening month), recipes (Caprese salad; baked apples), quotes ("Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment"), travel suggestions (New Orleans’s Magazine Street), thumbnail biographies (Pharrell Williams; Rembrandt), history lessons (on the birth of the Transcendentalist Movement) and "civilizing ideas" (citizen wisdom councils; community gardens). There’s something interesting on every page of this fun and useful guide.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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Urban Homestead, The
Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series)
by Kelly Coyne (Author), Erik Knutzen (Author)

The Urban Homestead is the essential handbook for a fast-growing new movement: urbanites are becoming gardeners and farmers. By growing their own food and harnessing natural energy, they are planting seeds for the future of our cities.

If you would like to harvest your own vegetables, make homemade jam or bread, raise chickens or convert to solar energy, this practical, hands-on book is full of step-by-step projects that will get you started homesteading immediately, whether you live in an apartment or a house. It is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet resources on self-sufficiency topics.


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Voluntary Simplicity
by Northwest Earth Institute

Today more than ever, many are challenged with increasing economic worries and pressures, and many are choosing a simpler lifestyle in response. Since the economic downturn and its re-release last year, Voluntary Simplicity has become one of the Northwest Earth Institute's most popular courses, indicating an openness to downshifting as a possible response to tough economic times. The five session course on Voluntary Simplicity offers readers the opportunity to consider simplifying one's life as a means to develop a more purpose-full way of living. Voluntary Simplicity is a wonderful way to examine how you can spend more time doing what you truly enjoy, while spending less money. Session topics include the meaning of simplicity, how to live more with less, how to make a living with simplicity in mind, our relationship to time, and how to make choices that are both sustainable as well as help us to live more simply. The material is designed to be used in college/university classrooms, the workplace, in centers of faith, in community, etc. While simplicity may not solve all our economic and ecological woes, it is proving to be a path of value. Voluntary simplicity is certainly a viable response to the painful condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the ceaseless pursuit of more. As author Duane Elgin reminds us, "The character of a whole society is the cumulative result of countless small actions, day in and day out, of millions of persons." May the path of simplicity ease an unsustainable addiction to consumption and economic growth.
 


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Walk Out Walk On:
A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now
by Margaret Wheatley, Deborah Frieze

In this era of increasingly complex problems and shrinking resources, can we find meaningful and enduring solutions to the challenges we face today as individuals, communities, and nations.

In Walk Out Walk On, we invite you on a learning journey to seven communities around the world to meet people who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create healthy and resilient communities. These Walk Outs who Walk On use their ingenuity and caring to figure out how to work with what they have to create what they need.

From Mexico to India, from Columbus, Ohio to Johannesburg, South Africa, we discover that all communities have the intelligence and inventiveness to solve their seemingly insolvable problems. "We discovered a gift inside ourselves," one Brazilian said, "something that was already there."


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Water: Use Less-Save More
100 Water-Saving Tips for the Home
by John Clift, Amanda Cuthbert
 

Did you know that Americans now use 127 percent more water than we did in 1950? Or that about 95 percent of the water entering our homes goes down the drain? Our population is growing, our climate changing, and our lifestyles demand more and more water. This book includes one hundred tips for conserving water in the home and garden. Following just a few will reduce your consumption of water, save money, and save the environment.


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Worldchanging
A User's Guide for the 21st Century
by Alex Steffen (Author), Al Gore (Foreword), Bruce Sterling (Introduction)

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This 600-page companion to the eco-friendly website of the same name (www.worldchanging.com) is chock-a-block with information about what is going on right now to create an environmentally and economically sustainable future-and what stands in opposition. Along the way, editor Steffen and his team make the stakes perfectly clear: "Oil company experts debate whether we will effectively run out of oil in twenty years or fifty, but the essential point remains: if you're under thirty, you can expect to see a post-oil civilization in your lifetime." The organization of the hefty volume mimics that of the website, divided into sections on Stuff, Shelter, Cities, Community, Business, Politics and Planet. Typical readers will be introduced to new concepts such as harvesting rainwater, zero-energy houses, South-South science and the use of flowers to detect land mines in entries on everything from "Knowing What's Green" to "Demanding Human Rights." Each entry is brief but comprehensive; for example, the passage on "Better Food Everywhere" focuses on "Where it Matters Most," "Better Restaurants," "Community Gardens," and "Urban Farming." All entries wrap up with reviews of pertinent resources-including books, websites and moves-where readers can get more detailed information. With color photos on nearly every page, and written by a small army of contributors living and working around the world (with biographies almost as fascinating as their contributions), it's hard to imagine a more complete resource for those hoping to live in a future that is, as editor Steffen puts it, "bright, green, free and tough."
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
 


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Youth-led Development:
Harnessing the Energy of Youth to Make Poverty History
by David Woollcombe & people of Peace Child International

Many strange things are done in the name of 'development': agencies build concrete boxes with tin roofs, cram 120 children into them and call it 'education'; millions are invested in youth 'training' but little in job creation, which means youth move from being unskilled unemployed to skilled unemployed. Billions of dollars are shovelled every year into 'budget support' - but little of it, if any, ever trickles down to the young people of the world's poorest regions on whose energy, commitment and idealism the future prosperity of those places depends. In this Briefing, David Woollcombe explains why youth is such a promising new field for overseas development assistance. He argues that youth should be at the centre of all development policy, and offers examples of where young people's interventions are most effective. Because young people are happy to work as volunteers and take their wages in experiential learning rather than hard cash, Youth-Led Development (YLD) is extremely cost-effective. But Woollcombe argues that, even if it were more expensive, YLD is worth doing for the confidence, attitudes and skills it builds in youth. YLD offers a path to the cultural and economic prosperity less-developed countries need to operate effectively in the global village.


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