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Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life Paperback – August 5, 2008
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Grade 9 Up—A thorough yet accessible manual on green living. Sivertsen and her teenage son draw on scientific findings, personal experience, and interviews with celebrities and teens to provide readers with environmentally responsible lifestyle alternatives, from organic cosmetics to natural kitchen cleaners to green career opportunities. The "Five Rs"—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Refuse—provide a framework for embracing an alternative to rampant consumerism. The book's incisive voice, using teen idioms, is accessible to those who have little or no background in environmental issues, yet the standards within will likewise engage readers already committed to being green. Though there is no index and the many pop-culture references may hinder the work's longevity, this volume will appeal to the target audience. Chapters are broken into frequent, user-friendly subheadings, and special interviews—many with energetic, activist teens—are clearly designated; decorative illustrations complement the text. Listings of green Web sites, charities, and organizations are included. In addition to being a handy, information-rich companion to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth (Viking, 2007) and Laurie David and Cambria Gordon's The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming (Scholastic, 2007), Generation Green is also unique, for its central focus is not to explain the science behind current environmental challenges, but rather to reveal how young people can work to solve those problems in their everyday lives.—Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA
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"Every generation thinks they want to change the world. If the latest generation is serious about it, Tosh and Linda provide the blueprint. This book is deep and yet fun and smart and filled with great tips, facts, stories, and interviews. Every school needs to have Generation Green as part of their curriculum!"
-- 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
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The book talks about issues great and small in a way that doesn't seem like preaching. The tips on eating, shopping, traveling, pet care and cleaning are sensible, doable, and things we would never had thought of ourselves. I am donating a copy to my son's school library. (The fact that a mother and teenage son did this socially conscious project together is just heart-warming icing on the cake)
The only drawback and what really prevented me from giving this book the full five stars is, being too concise in some places and the lack of illustrations which would have made the book more interesting for their target audience. But if you're curious about going green like me but don't have enough information to start with, I highly encourage you to get this book. Furthermore, the fact that one of the authors is a teenager is very impressive and inspiring for all those teenagers who are aware of this very serious issue but don't know where to start. Start small and feel good about your contribution to our world which has given us so much!
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.
My little one is far too young to grasp all of this now, but you can bet I'll be holding onto this book for the day when he's ready to read it and become a Green Guardian himself. And hopefully he will spread the word to other children. Teaching our kids to live green is as important as teaching them to walk and talk. If you're not up to speed on all you need to know, just another reason to pick up this book so you can read it together. Highly recommended!
Update: My 15 year old daughter finally decided to read this. She was 'amazed' that only if she took shorter showers and turned off the water when she brushed her teeth, she too could save thousands of gallons of water a month! I guess the book is somewhat helpful in reinforcing the things I have been telling my kids since they were little: turn the lights off, turn the water off, reduce, reuse, recycle, etc. We will see if this really makes her get out of the shower in 5 minutes or not. With a tankless water heater and endless hot water, I highly doubt it.
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