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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."
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"'The Whole Earth Catalogue for the iPod generation' - Bill McKibben."See all Editorial Reviews
Not so good as a reading book but as a reference easy to read book is good enough ....... ...Published 14 months ago by Dennis Astua Marin
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So many things to get me down about the current state of the world and this book feeds my optimism to change. Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by Bryan Cronbaugh
This is a very practical book for wealthy Americans. Lessons on how to continue consuming without damaging the world too much. Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Manuel Mena L.
It's a mile wide and an inch deep.
It's pretentious and too hip to touch anyone's heart, which is the organ that moves us to make real change. Read more
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