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Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A do-it-Ourselves Guide Paperback – June 15, 2008
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The key to making change is to make small changes, baby steps, slowly building your new lifestyle. I started with the vermicompostig, which is pretty tame, and moved on from there. Good Luck!
The explainations and diagrams seemed simple and affordable.
This book is the answer to the question, 'What can I do right now?'
Thank you for this book.
This guide is for people who already see the need to make a change. Although they provide some information as to why city dwellers and everyone else should try to live sustainably, it's not exhaustive. However, they do give some information that isn't common knowledge (or at least getting talked about as much). I didn't realize the extent to which urban soils were depleted, and I didn't realize that we were going to approach "peak uranium" in 50 years at the rate we're going. Not that I was ever a proponent of nuclear power, but now the building of new nuclear power plants seems even more ridiculous. Also, although everyone is going to be squeamish when it comes to the subject of human waste, it's pretty hard to deny the need to do something along those lines when the authors explain how inefficient, wasteful and polluting the current sewage process is.
The book is divided into strategies and techniques for Food, Water, Waste, Energy and Bioremediation (bringing soils back to life). I'm not the expert, but it seemed that they tried to list out solutions that could work reasonably well in an urban environment on a small scale.Read more ›
Yet, the condition of the world's economy and the effects of peak oil clearly show that the time to act is now!
Scott and Stacy have a style and the content that makes me feel ready to try things like vermicomposting. Yes, it's true that there are only 3.5 pages on vermicomposting in the book and I still have a lot to learn from the references noted in the Toolbox for Sustainable City Living. Yet, the motivation to get up and try it is really important. In fact, I'm planning to buy worms today! :)
Also, Scott and Stacy offer workshops called Radical Urban Sustainability Training (R.U.S.T.). My husband and I attended one in Albany, NY last Fall and we highly recommend it!
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Great drawings of animals and critters doing the work of fixing our planet (composting, solar energy, growing mushrooms, community gardening, etc! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Matthew K. Bennett
Fantastic read for anyone with a budding interest in closed loop systems. Basics like compost tea brewing to constructed wetlands for greywater filtration and methane biodigestors. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Megan M. Myers
I was hoping for some useful diy projects from this book. But there was nothing in it that was practical for me. For example, there is a section on rain barrels... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chris Booklover
Not exactly what I expected, but helpful. The information is geared towards people who want an advanced understanding of sustainable options.Published 13 months ago by Desiree D.
Some of the things in this book I will not try unless an apocalypse comes through (like composting human waste... Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by Hmmm