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The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time Paperback – June 19, 2007
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About the Author
Cameron Diaz made her feature-film debut at age twenty-one. Since then she has appeared in small-budget and blockbuster films alike. She supports numerous causes that advocate environmental concerns, education, and the empowerment of women and girls. Cameron grew up in Southern California and divides her time between Los Angeles and New York.
William McDonough is an architect and the founding principal of William McDonough & Partners, Architecture and Community Design, based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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The book is also riddled with factual errors. For example, in the section on phone books the authors stated that "Telephone books make up almost 10 percent of waste at dump sites." A visitor to the dump would be hard pressed to find a single phone book amongst the thousands of tons of asphalt shingles, old carpet, construction debris and other household waste that really fill the nation's dumps.
Although somewhat dated a much better book on this subject is "The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists." It details which consumer activities are the most harmful and least harmful and what everyday people can do to lessen their footprint on the environment. While it does not have cute little vignettes by Jennifer Aniston or Justin Timberlake it is written by real scientists who have provide a thought provoking analysis of environmental issues.
There are 50 pages of web-site references, indexed by product and a well executed index for quick reference. The topics are broken down into bite sized pieces and the book just begs to be picked up again and again.
Even the celebrity comments are interesting and well written. Jennifer Aniston doesn't display an ounce of sanctimony when she points out that all we have to do is think about our consumption, and new, greener habits will develop. "If we all begin to learn from one another and sharesome of the things we do, we might just be able to affect the world for the better though these little rituals. In a curious way, this would be a great wave of awareness; doing the right thing without being told to or without having to think why."
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clear, practical advice in these reviews than contained in this book.
One of my complaints about this book that wasn't covered yet is the erroneous
and misleading attempts to use crude oil to help the reader visualize the impact
of his or her efforts.
For example, the authors suggest that you purchase retreaded tires for your
car. They claim that if the demand for retreads increased by 10%, "the total oil
savings per year would be about 290 million gallons." The authors take a lot of
liberties with using oil as an analogy to represent energy consumption. In
this case though, they seem clear that its the conservation of "1/3 the petroleum
resources" that the retreads yield over new tires which they are contributing to
the 290 mil. gal.
I don't disagree with these statements. It very well may be the case that it
takes 290 million gallons of oil to produce enough petrochemicals to manufacture
that synthetic rubber. What the reader should really understand is that along
with some new tires , those barrels of oil also would have produced:
149 million gal. of gas
44 million gal. of diesel fuel
35 million gal. of jet fuel
...as well as 55 million gallons of dozens of other products like, candle wax,
lubricating oils, propane, kerosene, asphalt, etc. In fact, only about 4
million gallons, by volume, of that 290 million gal. of oil directly contributed
to the raw material of the tires.
If we depended on oil simply for the rubber, it would be trivial
to find ways to use less rubber.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not a book you should read if you are hoping to learn about a lot of different ways that you can live a greener life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JD Corrigan
Love this book! Very informative and the statistics make it fun to read. It's a quick read and makes a great gift.Published 21 months ago by K. Looren
It opens your eyes to the things we can do to help the environment in both small and big ways. A great little book to pick up and get surprising details. I recommend it.Published 22 months ago by Ruth Mirin
I like this book because it really helps a person to re-use things and conserve....energy and ways to recycle...recommended...very interesting.Published on January 14, 2014 by ellie
I used to run what is called The Green Ministry at Bodhi Spiritual Centre in Chicago. I ordered and sold this book in the book store for 3 years. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Jon-David
Although it was depressing sometimes, the author gave the reader the feeling that small things make the difference and that much in the way of greening our lives is possible. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Christine M. Howell