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Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life Paperback – August 5, 2008
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-- Ed Begley, Jr., Living with Ed, for Discovery's Planet Green
"The guide is packed with tons of tips for becoming eco-chic..."
-- Teen Vogue
"We've got Generation X and Generation Y. Generation Green has a much better ring to it!"
-- Amy Edelen, co-host of FreshlyGreen.com & co-owner of YourGuidetoGreen.com
"Generation Green is a fast-paced and easy read for any young adult who's interested in finding purpose in their life and making a difference. If you know a teen that longs to be inspired by something more than reality TV, Generation Green is chocked full of fun and easy-to-apply actions which prove how small things can make a huge impact. Buy this book for every teen you know and allow them join with us to transform the world!"
-- James Arthur Ray, New York Times best-selling author of Harmonic Wealth
"Linda Sivertsen is the greenest person I know. She was born green!"
-- Leeza Gibbons
Top Customer Reviews
This great little book lets teens know how much water it takes when they take a shower, and really just informs them of the facts of life all over the world and how easy we have it. It then tells them small things they can change in their lifestyle to make big differences.
I think this book should be required reading for every high school. I plan on buying many and giving them to everyone I know, teens and adults.If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would.
I also enjoyed the story in the front of the book about Tosh's family packing him ( age 5 through 9) & the family up to move into a wooded area in New Mexico to live off the land. Right down to an Outhouse, chopping wood for heat, catching rain water for drinking, etc.
The reason for the 3 star rating is that I feel the book could be condensed. As one other reviewer said "too wordy" I think of the paper that could have been saved by rearranging the words to a more easily read& shorter format. Nor does this book have an Index. Advertisements, References & a list of Green websites but no Index in the back of the book. I found this frustrating when I wanted to go back & look for various information.
When I was about 17 I took a huge interest in preservation after a project in school in which we had to petition to save one of our local marshlands from being filled in order to build more housing. That battle was won and it made me feel empowered, so I took it a few steps further and did tons of independent research which has brought me to where I am today.
The things that I do to conserve and recycle you would think are common knowledge, especially since we are experiencing all time highs in energy costs. But sadly, the information isn't right in front of you. You have to look for it. And for a child who may not have parents that are into preservation and conservation and isn't hearing about it in school, they are likely to continue on being blissfully ignorant of the dire situation our planet is in.
This book is the perfect solution to that. It covers nearly everything one needs to know to live green and it's packaged nicely in an easy to read and easy to understand format. No big words to intimidate younger kids and slightly larger than normal text make this an easy pick up and read. It also does much to empower kids, labeling them "Generation Green", the hope of the future. It really makes them feel important and feel like they really can do something, and they can! And with this book, hopefully they will.Read more ›
The end of the text also includes references to books and organizations to look to in order to get more active and engage the issues further.
I'm looking forward to giving this to my sister-in-law, who at the time of this review is 16 years old. I think Generation Green can be a real success if it catches kids at just that right time in their lives, when they start to recognize that there are important things happening in the world, and that they are a part of it and can make a difference. Generation Green succeeds in presenting solutions in a way that doesn't come across as intimidating or overwhelming. For a succinct and informative look at what is turning into the defining problem of the 21st century, I recommend checking this book out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book is a great intro for a new way of thinking - not just for teens, but the will get the modern referencesPublished on September 22, 2013 by Jill Griwatz
I needed this book for a science class. I had to do reflections on five different chapters. It was a good book!Published on May 10, 2013 by Jodi
This is a review of the book itself, not it's content.
I purchased this book for the library I work at and it fell apart after one person used it. Read more
We bought this book for the young adult section of our library and, while it has good information in it, it completely fell apart and had to be discarded and thrown into the... Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by L. DAmbra
This book is fantastic. It gives lots of helpful tips for making your life a little greener each day. Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Jayeson Gabriel
Tosh Sivertsen proves that teens are smart enough and care enough to make the important changes necessary to save our planet. Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by Arielle Ford
The environment is in peril right now, and change needs to happen right now.
But who can do anything to change this...to stop such a big problem? Read more
I completely loved this book. I loved the amount of ideas. They were little things that you could do to help. The whole book was very positive. Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by T. Henderson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My daughter is 15 and, as most kids her age, has more than just a passing interest in all things "green". Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by goodsparrow