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The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time Paperback – June 19, 2007
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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Environmental matters get the star treatment in The Green Book. Rogers and Kostigen address the fact that Americans endanger the balance of the ecosystem by the amount of waste we produce, the amount of water we use, and the amount of energy we consume, and celebrities, including Robert Redford, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Faith Hill, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., contribute observations and suggestions for living green. In the hope that the glamour of the A-list will make discussion of environmental challenges more palpable, Rogers and Kostigen establish 12 aspects of our habitat, such as home, work, and school, and suggest better lifestyle choices in each arena. Small adjustments in the way we consume and dispose of resources add up to significant and positive environmental effects. Illustrating the results of green actions with descriptive rather than numerical analyses, Rogers and Kostigen write, for example, that if everyone in the U.S. used one less paper napkin per day, in a year's time we would have saved one billion pounds of landfill waste. An outstanding resource, The Green Book offers hope and practical suggestions. Crossland, Pamela
About the Author
Elizabeth Rogers has worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She created and produced MTV’s eco-friendly show Trippin. She is currently an environmental consultant and lives with her son in Venice, California. She tries to shift a habit daily.
Thomas M. Kostigen writes the “Ethics Monitor” column for Dow Jones MarketWatch. A longtime journalist and former Bloomberg News editor, he has written works that have appeared in numerous publications around the world.
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The authors proceed to do what every other "green" book does - make lists of easy things you can do. Trivial actions are given equal weight with meaningful actions. Chapters include: Home, Travel, Shopping, and Building. The Building chapter makes no mention of energy audits or blower door tests. It recommends ceiling fans when it could recommend floor fans, at a tenth the cost. It confuses insulation with air sealing when it calls for an "envelope of insulation" that reduces leaks. How did this make the New York Times Bestseller List? Could it be the celebrities?
It's a great, informative and interesting little book for any teen or adult!
The information in the book is separated into categories that make the reading a whole lot easier. Everyone should read this book :)