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Green Philanthropy for Families: 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects Paperback – May 1, 2010

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"Every parent who wants to raise a nature-loving child should keep a copy of this book on their kitchen counter!" --Ken Finch, President, Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood

"Wow! The book provides very practical advice for ways to ensure that sustainability is woven into our very busy daily lives. Well done!" --Kristi Wamstad-Evans, Sustainability Coordinator for Omaha, Nebraska

"The authors provide a rich and varied cache of ideas and resources for anyone who chooses--with family members, friends and neighbors--to create a better world." --Mary A. Ferdig, Ph.D., President and CEO, Sustainability Leadership Institute

"Seeing philanthropy as something for everyone, rather than just wealthy folk, is inspired." --James Greyson, Educator, Researcher, Writer, U.K.

"What a great idea! I like the sharing aspect of it and the sense of abundance in community." --Sally Lever, Coach, Writer & Educator specializing in sustainable living, U.K.

"Green Philanthropy reminds us that environmentalism is not about valuing nature over people; it is about valuing nature and people." --Ariana Miller, Environmental Educator

"Green Philanthropy For Families has redefined philanthropy . . . It outlines how parents, and others, can teach our children well!" --Donald Preister, Nebraska State Senator, Green Bellevue Chairman, Gardener

"Wonderful book and website!" --Tonya Ward, President, Grameen Rosenblatt Women's Association, Founder and CEO of Energy Rescue, Inc.

From the Back Cover

"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics."
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

This book contains 160 no/low-cost green philanthropy ideas for families, individuals, and groups. You can choose to begin in your own home or in your own backyard or with a gift, action, activity or project that involves community or global outreach.

Wherever you decide to start, there are green philanthropy ideas appropriate for everyone in your family or group. Some are specifically geared toward youth or adults, but most can involve all ages.

A single random act of green philanthropy may not seem significant alone, but when it's multiplied tens of thousands or a million times over it brings big results, saving: small farms, urban habitats, parks and refuges, organic foods, community gardens, native and heirloom seeds, wild places, wildlife, the ancient mountains of Appalachia, forests and rainforests, rivers, lakes, and streams and more.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Green Philanthropy for Families.Org (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615331157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615331157
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,219,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a unique and useful book this is! The authors have laid before us some very workable projects. At first glance, this work is an accumulation of very good ideas as to what each of us can do to improve our lives and the earth we live on; more about this later. When you first glance though this work the message, purpose and goals appear to be quite simple and forward; more about this later. But make no mistake; this is a very sophisticated bit of work which strives for multiple ends, and I must say, has all the elements present to allow it to be quite successful in what the authors are trying to accomplish. Let's start with the first...

As the subtitle tells us, this is a collection of 160 simple earth honoring gifts, action, activities and projects for the entire family. And indeed this book is all that! These ideas are well presented, professionally written and are extremely clear. Having actually read these "ideas" I was unable to find one that did not appeal to me, I could not find one that was undoable, and I did not find one that was not only logical, but also helpful to both our environment and to the individual, family or group performing the task...if task you want to call it. (Actually, most of these project look rather fun).

The book is broken down into various, easy to follow sections beginning with one entitled "Five Things to Think about Doing." This provides an overview of how to get organized; extremely important. The book then goes on to several chapters of actual projects, which is further broken down into areas such as Simplifying Living, Food, Water, Urban Habitats, Wild Places and Things, Ecoliteracy, Community Service and so forth.
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There are an untold number of web sites, magazine articles, books, television shows, and other references providing advice on everything from composting, to recycling, to saving the great whales or the rainforest.

Do we need another?

The magic of this book, Green Philanthropy For Families: 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects, is that it succinctly, clearly, and economically takes a number of ideas for personal and community action, and provides a short summary of the issue, details what a person (or a family) can do, and references web or print-based sources for getting additional information.

This really makes it a valuable reference, at home, in school, and in our libraries.

This is not a one-dimensional approach to "Earth honoring." It covers a wide range of issues. Here are a few that stood out for me:

"21. Add another 'r' to reduce, reuse, and recycle: repair" (p. 25). This really is an underemphasized concept in the American consumer society. Duct tape, a wide range of adhesive glues and epoxies, and the availability of numerous hand tools that will last for a generation make repairing items around the home a real goal. Now, you are not going to repair your cell phone after it gets dunked in a pond, and I doubt many can fix a non-functional refrigerator. However, you can fix a flat tire on your bicycle. You can replace a broken wheel, change the oil, clean the air filter, and adjust the throttle and air/fuel mixture on your lawnmower. You can fix that chip on your favorite bread bowl, and make a rusty shovel gleam again with a sharp edge. Check out the many "fix it yourself" (FIY) books.
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There is a wealth of information in Green Philantrophy for Families! I highly recommend it for all families! It is full of helpful website addresses, free downloads links, gift ideas, and suggestions of how to save our planet. It has tons of activities and fun ideas. I think it would be perfect for homeschool moms interested in teaching a green life style. This is a wonderful teaching tool for children. (and adults)
There's links to vegetarian recipe sites, which I really appreciate. And lots of places listed that we can donate our unwanted items. I'm amazed at the stuff people throw away! There's so many charities that could make use of it.
I'll be the first to admit, I'm not the greenest person out there! I'm not the worst, but there's so much I could do to help the planet more. I live in a small town and recycling is harder. I honestly don't know of anywhere even close to me that recycles! I need to do my research, though, and start recycling, or at least use products that have less of an bad impact on the Earth.
Before reading this book, I was one of those people who prefer bottled water. I'm going to try hard not to buy anymore bottled water. This book is so much more than the basic "Go Green Tips," though. We all know the basics of recycle, change to energy efficient light bulbs, turn off the light, etc. This book gives you so many more simple ideas that most of us probably haven't thought about.
Many times going green results in being thrifty. I know there's all those "green" products that will truly cost you. I'm a SAHM, so all that expensive stuff isn't in my budget. The ideas in this book can be applied by everyone, no matter what the budget.
Once again, I really recommend this book!
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