The Climate Diet: How You Can Cut Carbon, Cut Costs, and Save the Planet

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Overview

**The Climate Diet has been nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award in the Green Category**

We live in a world of excess. We consume too much of everything—food, clothes, cars, bricks and mortar. Our bingeing is often so extreme that it threatens our own health and well being. And we are not the only ones who are getting sick.

The Earth—which provides the food, air, water and land that sustains us—is also under severe pressure. Gluttonous consumption of nature's trans-fats—carbon-based fossil fuels, deforestation and unsustainable resource use—is disrupting the global temperature-regulating machine that mother nature has carefully maintained for millions of years. Try as she may to keep from running a fever, the environmental reengineering wrought by six billion people, like a force of nature, is warming our world. At some point, something just has to give. We either take steps to put our personal lifestyles and planetary systems back into balance or we suffer the consequences.

So, what does any unhealthy overweight person do when the doctor tells him or her that they are eating themselves into an early grave? Go on a diet!

The Climate Diet offers an optimistic, easy to understand and engaging message. It has never been easier for families to cut back on their use of fossil fuels and protect the climate all while saving money. By using the familiar language of weight loss, The Climate Diet explains climate change concepts, problems and solutions in ways that anyone can easily understand. Following a five-step climate diet plan, families will be able to count their carbon calories, learn how to reduce them and aim for one of four different levels of achievement: Participant, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each of which can be tailored to fit almost any lifestyle.

This is the must-have guide to the most important diet ever. If we all participate, the greenhouse gas emissions bulge can be beaten, leaving us with a slim healthy planet now and for the future.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Understanding that global warming is real and must be dealt with is a critical first step, but this does not fix the problem. The Climate Diet is filled with practical advice on what to do next-how to reduce the climate change our children will have to endure, and how, in many cases, to save money while doing so.'
Michael MacCracken, Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute, Washington D.C.

'There is much to recommend in this book. It's chief virtue lies in its approach. The diet analogy should work with students and the use of data tables opens up a wealth of ideas for education. Although aimed at a general audience I would suggest it would be an idea text for sustainable education courses and teacher training programmes. Getting students involved in this sort of work could actually make the difference the author seeks.'
Dr Paul S Ganderton, TENews

'This book is an essential handbook for anyone with an environmental conscience that has been agitated by the media but left wanting of facts. The author uses simple tables of statistics to emphasise energy and emission saving points, and summarises handy tips for use at home at every chapter's conclusion.'
Sherkin Comment

'A comprehensive guide to eating well and saving the planet. In this down-to-earth book, Harrington offers information and advice, and provides a checklist of recommendations to get us on the road to eating and living more sustainably.'
Food Ethics

'A solid choice for anyone concerned about the environment.'
Midwest Book Review

'The book is well pitched to families who want practical steps for reducing domestic carbon emissions... An optimistic, motivating read.'
Environmental Law Foundation

'This is an unusual book appealing to individuals and families by focusing on the household carbon footprint... Recommended. General readers; undergraduates through professionals.'
Choice

'Here's a diet that will leave us not grouchy and wanting, but happier, a little richer, and on a sweeter planet!'
Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy and The End of Nature

'In order to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more. In order to save our planet, we need to consume less and conserve more. The Climate Diet is a sensible, inspiring prescription for cutting back on our materialistic lifestyles and restoring planetary health.'
J. Matthew Sleeth, M.D., author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action

'Want to help stop global warming and save the planet? Here's how!'
Mother Jones

'The Climate Diet is a lightweight, easy-to-read book that delivers digestible chunks of information, hints and tips.'
The Environmentalist Magazine

'The book is so convincing that it is able to vitalize environmental thinking even for those people, who did not consider their behaviour earlier from the environmental point of view...This is a great achievement of Harrington!'
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Choice
"The public is inundated with scholarly works on how and why society must reduce carbon emissions. This is an unusual book appealing to individuals and families by focusing on the household carbon footprint. Harrington (Troy University) couches his argument in the rhetoric of personal responsibility and the ability of individuals to contribute to a solution for global warming. He posits a model household and analyzes room-by-room changes, creating results ranging from modest (give up the hair dryer) to major (cease or diminish air travel). He provides charts with the carbon emission costs of appliance use, foods, and transportation use. Harrington also links conservation with cost savings to make lifestyle changes more palatable. Apartment and dormitory dwellers choose their appropriate household functions and implement quantifiable actions. A Web site provides worksheets for recording values for different home zones. Harrington emphasizes that goals should be reasonable and that even modest reductions in CO^D[2 emission in each home can help. On the topics of food, shopping, and waste disposal, he is preachy, but otherwise his tone is moderate and conversational. There are chapter references to credible recent data and information. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; undergraduates through professionals."
Midwest Book Review
"Sometimes people go on a diet to better themselves. Could the same be said of our climate? The Climate Diet: How You Can Cut Carbon, Cut Costs, and Save the Planet is a guide for humanity as a whole to cut back, so that the world can do the same. Emphasizing that the key purpose to saving the planet it curtail the excesses that too many individuals have been accustomed to, and claiming that a healthier self can lead to a healthier planet, The Climate Diet is a solid choice for anyone concerned about the environment."
Big Pond
"There is much to recomment about this book. It's chief virtue lies in its approach. The diet analogy should work with students and the use of data tables opens up a wealth of ideas for education. Getting students involved in this sort of work could actually make the difference the author seeks."
Michael MacCracken
"Understanding that global warming is real and must be dealt with is a critical first step, but this does not fix the problem. The Climate Diet is filled with practical advice on what to do next - how to reduce the climate change our children will have to endure, and how, in many cases, to save money while doing so."
Bill McKibben
"Here’s a diet that will leave us not grouchy and wanting, but happier, a little richer, and on a sweeter planet!"
J. Matthew Sleeth
"In order to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more. In order to save our planet, we need to consume less and conserve more. The Climate Diet is a sensible, inspiring prescription for cutting back on our materialistic lifestyles and restoring planetary health."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844075331
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Harrington is an associate professor of International Relations at Troy University, Alabama. He has authored more than fifteen articles on environment and development issues.

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Table of Contents

The Climate Diet: Cool Strategies for a Warming World
• Nine Good Reasons To Go On A Climate Diet
• Going for the Gold: The Nuts and Volts of Climate Dieting Success
• Getting your House in Order
• Climate Smart Shopping
• Hit the Road the Climate-Wise Way
• Community Strategies for a Better

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