47 Things You Can Do for the Environment [NOOK Book]


  Sure, we all know the planet is in trouble. We hear talk all the time about climate change,...
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47 Things You Can Do for the Environment

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  Sure, we all know the planet is in trouble. We hear talk all the time about climate change, air pollution from cars, oil spills into oceans, trash overflowing into waterways, and toxic chemicals leaking into our groundwater. Sigh. But the good news is there’s a lot we can do to start cleaning up the Earth. And it starts with you!

This book explores tons of small (and big) things that teens can do to make a positive difference in the environment such as:

• go on a green date with a new crush

• eat less meat

• learn to shop vintage

• create an environmental task force at school

• go on an eco-adventure

• and more!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“You know the planet is in trouble. The question is: What can you do about it?” challenges this small-format guidebook, third in a series. Divided into categories revolving around habits at home, school, in the community, or on the road, it offers such suggestions as shopping at vintage or secondhand stores, eating less meat, donating old cellphones, and carpooling. Each green venture is followed by concrete ideas (one way to “Be a Green Guest” is to “say ‘no’ to hotel shampoos”) that encourage direct action. Cheerful cartoon spot art underscores the positive tone, while end pages include a glossary and comprehensive list of additional resources. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"Boosterish advice for teens and preteens looking for ways to board the eco-wagon and bring along some friends. Urging readers to "greenify" house, school, car, community and especially themselves, as well as spread the word to peers, ’rents and politicians, Petronis tallies many more than 47 general ways….The book’s thoroughness is to be praised…" - Kirkus Reviews

"Petronis convincingly encourages young people that they can not only positively affect the environment by their own actions, but that they can also influence adults at home, at school, and in their communities to make environmentally sound decisions….This is a common-sense, positive approach to teaching young people about caring for the environment. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

VOYA - Debbie Kirchhoff
It has always been tough to be a teenager. Your body is changing, your friends may be putting on some of that famous peer pressure, and adults in your life may expect you to act as mature as your changing body suggests you are. Oh, and by the way, you have to save the earth. The environmental crisis is certainly serious, but this book takes a tone of calmness and introduces simple, important ways for teenagers to make a real difference in environmental protection. The authors do not overwhelm the reader with things that must be done now; instead young people are encouraged to "get informed and start making small changes one at a time." There are no earth-shattering new ideas here, but that is the point, really. The forty-seven things are simple ways for anyone to be a more responsible citizen of planet Earth. The book is written for high school students, but middle school and junior high students will also be interested because many of the "things" can be done by younger students. Glossary words are highlighted throughout the book, in green, of course. The "Green Resources" listed are all websites, and there are also chapter-by-chapter source notes for further research. Reviewer: Debbie Kirchhoff
Kirkus Reviews
Boosterish advice for teens and preteens looking for ways to board the eco-wagon and bring along some friends. Urging readers to "greenify" house, school, car, community and especially themselves, as well as spread the word to peers, 'rents and politicians, Petronis tallies many more than 47 general ways. These range in amount of effort required from bringing rather than buying lunch, plunking a full bottle into the toilet tank to cut down the flush and turning off the ignition before making out to organizing a clothing swap and applying for grants. The book's thoroughness is to be praised: Kids are exhorted first to buy clothes made with "e-fibers" such as organic cotton, hang them dry instead of putting them in the dryer and then swap or resell them when it's time to move on. Parenthetical page references helpfully take readers to related topics. Though the author is more focused on providing ideas and inspiration than specific nuts and bolts, she does close with pages of source notes, plus a hefty annotated list of organizations with grant providers and sites aimed at teens marked by icons. Nothing new here, but nothing that isn't both feasible and necessary, either. (Nonfiction. 11-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547687254
  • Publisher: Zest
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,253,035
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lexi Petronis has written articles about health, nutrition, and teen life for magazines such as CosmoGIRL!, Glamour, and Fitness. She also blogs about environmental news for Glamour.com. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Karen Macklin is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, and teacher. She has written for The New York Times, San Francisco Weekly, and Yoga Journal on arts, culture, travel, and health. Her creative works, which include plays and poetry, have been produced and published in the US and Italy. She is also the co-author of Zest Books’ Indie Girl.

Lexi Petronis has written articles about health, nutrition, and teen life for magazines such as CosmoGIRL!, Glamour, and Fitness. She also blogs about environmental news for Glamour.com. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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There’s no doubt about it, our environment is in crisis. Everywhere you go, people are talking about it: how the earth is warming up as a result of too much carbon dioxide in the air and too few trees left to absorb it, how oil-drilling is ruining natural habitats, how trash is overflowing into our waterways, and how chemicals used in various products are making people and wildlife sick. Ugh.

You know the planet is in trouble. The question is: What can you do about it? Go out and buy a brand new $30,000 hybrid car? Persuade all of the health clubs in your town to install low-flow showerheads and toilets? Revamp your entire house to operate on solar heat? Come on — you know better than anyone that this kind of stuff is hardly a reality for most high school kids. But what’s the point of mulling over what you can’t do, when there is so much that you can do?

You don’t have to run out tomorrow and build a car that runs on vegetable oil, or ship out to South America to save the rain forests. You just have to get informed and start making small changes, one at a time. Decisions to shop, drive, and even party differently can have a huge and positive impact on the health of the earth. That’s what 47 Things is about.

In this book, you’ll find tons of real things that teens can do to make a difference. Some things are as easy as eating less meat, planning a green date, or learning to shop vintage. Others are more involved, like hosting a green film festival for friends, creating an environmental task force at school, or going on an eco-adventure to gain a deeper love and appreciation for this beautiful spinning rock we call home.

Why teens? you might ask. The answer is simple. You’re strong, creative, and motivated. You’re doers and dreamers. And you’re also the ones who will inherit the planet. If change is going to happen, it has to start with you.


Shaving is a big deal. For guys, the first shave is a whole rite of passage, signifying the transformation from boy to man. And the way guys grow out their facial hair, from goatee to sideburns, is a big part of expressing their personality. For girls, shaving means the difference between wearing that new skirt or throwing on those old jeans again. And when bikini time comes around, it’s like half of a girl’s beauty regimen! But shaving also takes its toll on the environment. That doesn’t mean you should become a hairy-legged hippie chick or a bristly mountain man. Just take your hair removal to a greener level.

How to Do It

A lot of people use disposable razors when they shave — you know the kind that you use for a week or two and then have to throw away because they are all nasty and dull? Most disposable razors are not recyclable. You might think that the number of razors per year that you go through is insignificant, but it is estimated that about 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away every year in the US. The best and easiest alternative to all of this waste is to buy a long-lasting permanent razor with refillable blades. And depending on how much your razor and blades cost, this move may also save you some money over time.

Extra Tips

• Sharpen refillable blades with a razor sharpener, which can significantly reduce the number of blades you use.

• Use soap and water instead of shaving cream; soap comes with less packaging, and shaving cream containers are not always easy to recycle.

• Consider buying 100 percent recycled and recyclable razors.

A Sweet Way to Remove It It’s hard to decide what the most ecological form of hair removal is because so little research has been done on the environmental effects of things like waxing and depilatories. Both do employ the use of potentially toxic substances (especially depilatories), but there’s still no conclusive evidence that suggests those substances are hurting our environment. Still, for a natural alternative, give body sugaring a try. It’s like waxing, except you can use a natural mixture of sugar, water, and lemon. Look online for a complete recipe.

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