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2008 Paperback Fine Paperback, Like New, Canadian Edition. Clean, tight, unmarked, no spine or cover creases. The book is in excellent condition except for the fact that it is ... slightly curved and warped. Nonfiction. Canadian Edition Bach (The Automatic Millionaire; Start Late, Finish Rich) offers a multitude of suggestions for conserving the planet-and your money-in this attractive and accessible guide. A few of Bach's tips require making a serious commitment (growing your own vegetables, using recyclable energy. Read more Show Less

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Most people fear global warming and want a greener planet but they think that "going green" is a luxury they can’t afford. What if there were easy, simple things you could do that not only help protect the Earth but also help you get rich?

That’s the promise of David Bach’s Go Green, Live Rich, a practical, motivational book packed with fifty steps you can take to make your life, your home, and your shopping greener, while you follow a financial plan that puts you on a green path to wealth. As Bach says, "you really can go green, save money, and – if you’re smart – make a fortune by investing in green." From driving the right car to making your home energy smart, Bach offers ways to spend less, save more, earn more, and pay fewer taxes. For every suggested change, he supplies resources, products, and services with phone numbers and website addresses so you can get started right away.

David Bach is on a mission to teach the world that you can live a great life by living a green life. With Go Green, Live Rich, you can live in line with your eco-values on the road to financial freedom.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780385666145
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bach is the author of seven consecutive national bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Automatic Millionaire, Start Late, Finish Rich, and most recently, #1 bestseller The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show seven times and was a recent host of CNBC’s runaway hit The Millionaire Inside. He is a featured columnist on Yahoo! Finance. His website FinishRich.com is visited by millions annually.

Hillary Rosner is a journalist who covers environmental international issues. She worked on Al Gore’s bestseller An Inconvenient Truth and The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook. She writes frequently for The New York Times.

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What if I told you that in just an hour or two I could share with you fifty simple tips that would have a dramatic impact on our ability to turn the tide on global warming, PLUS save you money and potentially turn you into a future “green millionaire”?

Most people fear global warming and want a healthier planet. I am sure you are one of these people or you would not be holding this book in your hands right now.
BUT most people also believe that “going green” is a luxury, an expensive choice they can’t afford. What if I told you that going green doesn’t have to be expensive–and, in fact, you can go green and SAVE money–and if you invest green you can get RICH?

What if there were easy, simple things you could do that not only protect the Earth but also protect your family’s finances?

Would you spend a few hours with me to learn the ways? Would you join the movement to be “eco-friendlier” and environmentally conscious? Would you like to GO GREEN AND LIVE RICH?

–David Bach

Why Go Green?

You hold in your hands a book that could not only change your life but also help turn the tide on the devastating effect that global warming could have on our planet.

This is my ninth book in nine years, and it’s very possible that you have read one or more of the previous eight. There are currently more than 5 million copies of my FinishRich books in print. I’m known for my take-action advice on your finances. I’ve inspired and motivated millions around the world to be smarter with their money and to live and finish rich.

So why now write a book about “Going Green”–and why should you read it?

The answer is simple:
Going green is the most important issue that will shape our future.

I believe, as many around the world do, that we have reached a turning point (or tipping point, as Malcolm Gladwell would say) on the environment. We have come to a point in time where what we do as people to change the tide of global warming and reverse its effects on our planet requires stronger action than we have taken.

Second, I believe that the world IS taking action and that the United States in particular has lagged in its actions over the last twenty years and now needs to catch up. As citizens and tenants of our planet, we cannot allow the disaster of global warming to continue. We have to change the tide of the global warming epidemic, or our lives, our children’s lives, and their children’s lives will be forever affected.

We have done tremendous damage to our planet. We have been bad tenantsWe have done tremendous damage to our planet. We have been bad tenantsWe have done tremendous damage to our planet. We have been bad tenantsWe have done tremendous damage to our planet. We have been bad tenants, and the landlord (our planet) is sufferingand the landlord (our planet) is sufferingand the landlord (our planet) is sufferingand the landlord (our planet) is suffering, but in truth it is we who will suffer the most if we don’t do something and take drastic action.but in truth it is we who will suffer the most if we don’t do something and take drastic action.but in truth it is we who will suffer the most if we don’t do something and take drastic action.but in truth it is we who will suffer the most if we don’t do something and take drastic action.

Third, I am convinced that WE WILL TAKE ACTION, and that the action we take to become environmentally smarter will shape the environmental and economic futures of all of us.

Going green can make you rich – not going green can make you poor

I am convinced that we are waking up to the need to live greener and protect the planet. As a result, one of the biggest factors affecting your ability to build wealth over the next twenty years is going to be the global environment and what we’re doing (or not doing) to protect it.

If you missed investing in the computer and technology revolution in the 1980s and 1990s, you missed one of the biggest investment opportunities of the twentieth century. Well, green is the new technology. Investing green will be to the twenty-first century what investing in technology was to the twentieth century. From a financial point of view, you simply cannot afford to ignore it. This book will help you see the opportunities that exist to catch this life-changing movement.

Going green is about our kids, our families, our lives

As I write this, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is meeting in Bali to set a global agenda for action. Earlier this year, the UN—sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its fourth assessment of the science and impacts of climate change. It concluded that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity rose by 70% from 1970 to 2004, and continue to rise at an increasing pace. As a result, climate change is “unequivocal.” The impacts, according to the report, will include an increased risk of extreme-weather events such as hurricanes and drought, a decrease in the availability of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people, an increase in potentially deadly heat waves, and serious food-supply problems in Africa and other parts of the world. (I encourage you to read parts of this report at www.ipcc.ch. Look for “The AR4 Synthesis Report” and “Summary for Policymakers.”)

As a father, I cannot read a report like this–supported by thousands of scientists and people from 130 countries–and not act. I cannot simply sit by knowing that one day I will have to explain to my son Jack why I didn’t do anything to make a difference. And if you are a parent, I am sure you feel the same way.

As adults, we are not yet seeing the worst of the effects of global warming, but our kids, our grandchildren, and their kids will.

We must act and we must care. And we CAN do “something.” Our kids who see our behaviour change will change with us. In many cases, they are changing before we are. We may be learning now from them.

Just do one “green thing today”–it will lead to more

My personal transformation to becoming more environmentally conscious happened suddenly and, I must admit, by accident.

It started by doing “just one green thing.” My green action was to move into one of the leading green apartment buildings in the country. I did this at the time not so much for the “green building” as for the location–the building was located next to my son’s favourite park. But then something happened when I moved in and it stopped me in my tracks–our health improved within weeks.

For one thing, my allergies, which I had suffered from my entire life, simply disappeared. I was taking three prescription drugs a day when I moved in; within six weeks, I had pretty much stopped needing them. And my son’s mild asthma disappeared completely. He has not had an asthma attack since we moved there (knock on wood). We have also started to sleep longer and more soundly.

I immediately started paying attention to the building. What was in this building and why were we feeling better? Why was it that a building that was designed to be environmentally friendly could make us feel better? Within weeks, I made more changes. My cleaning products at home are now all green. So are the dry cleaners we now use. I looked at my car, a gas-guzzling SUV, and gave it up. I also started noticing that I wasn’t spending more money to make these changes. I was actually saving money! And then I started telling my friends (all of those who would listen).

Now, the truth is I’m still transforming, but I have become green-conscious–and it is changing both my life and that of my son.

I share this with you not to brag but to demonstrate that if a guy like me who used to hate to recycle can change, so can you. And that’s what this book is meant to help you do–to take action to Go Green and Live Rich!

What does it mean to live rich?

Many of the books I’ve written have “Finish Rich” in the title. They have taught people with ordinary incomes, some of whom are living paycheque to paycheque, that they can afford to save for their future. One key step in that process is deciding to live in line with your values. For most families, a secure future IS a value, though not necessarily one that they are living.

Go Green, Live Rich is, like those books, about the kind of small daily savings that can add up to a richer future. But I decided to call it Go Green, Live Rich to make the point that living a life in line with your deepest values is a gift we give ourselves every single day. There is peace in knowing that the houses we live in, the way we work and travel, and our daily habits are serving the planet, our true home, not destroying it.

50 simple steps to go green–pick one today

The surprising message of my book is that you can have it both ways. You can live a life in line with your green values AND you can put a million dollars in the bank. You can save the earth and get rich trying.
Go Green, Live Rich is organized into 50 “tips” of just two or three pages each, designed to make it easy for you to learn all you need to know about each “green thing.” First, the chapter called “Know Your Impact” helps you understand the effects of your own current behaviour on the planet in a way that I hope will motivate you to change. The next eight sections show you how to make greener choices in all the areas of your life, from driving the right car to making your home energy smart, from supporting green causes to making dinner for your kids. You will learn ways to spend less, save more, and pay fewer taxes, even as you are reducing your negative impact on the Earth. Each tip focuses on simple actions you can take, and I’ve provided all the resources–web sites, stores, and phone numbers–that you need to get started right away.

Then, once you’ve made a few changes, the section called “Finish RICH: Make Your First Green Million” will show you how to spin your green daily savings into gold.

Becoming a green millionaire on a few dollars a day

Some people will read the title of this book and think, Green is for people who can afford to buy fancy organic coffee, not for me. And if they flip through the book and look at some of the money-saving tips, they will say that saving 30% on their electric bill and 30% on their water bill, and even using hundreds of litres less gasoline every year (which, as I write, costs more than a dollar a litre where I live), is nice but not enough to make a person rich. Well, they would be wrong.

The little things make the difference between rich and poor

If I have learned one thing in my nearly twenty years as a financial adviser and coach, it is this:
It is not what you earn that makes you rich or poor; it is what you spend.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are burning up money every day while they squander the planet’s non-renewable resources and pollute the environment in ways that lead to global warming and climate change. And we don’t even realize it. We are just doing things the way we have always done them.

We buy a car because we like the way it looks and handles. We build a house with as many square feet as the bank’s mortgage officer will allow. We renovate our kitchens with Sub-Zero refrigerators to increase our home’s resale value. We run the sprinkler on our lawns using water that is so cheap that it is practically “free.” It’s all just common sense, right?

Wrong. There is a “new” way of doing all of these things that you will learn in this book. When you change your mind-set to a green way of thinking, you will change your actions, and those actions will put money back in your pocket. And over time, the money you save will make you rich.

Consider this. Perhaps, after you read this book, you will decide to try just four tips: 3, 10, 12, and 37. You improve your car’s fuel economy and save $884 annually. You save $129 on your energy bills by sealing the leaks in your home, and $85 more by adjusting your thermostat three degrees. And you start bringing your lunch to work and pocket $1,560. That’s a total of $3,758 per year, or approximately $10 a day of green savings.

And here’s the best part: If you were to invest that $10 a day (instead of finding new things to spend it on), and you earn a 10% annual return (some of the green funds you’ll learn about later have earned far higher returns), in 30 years you would have . . . $678,146.

With just four of the tips in this book you could earn nearly $700,000 for your future, all while living a greener lifestyle today. How many tips would you follow to become a Green Millionaire?

That is the promise of this little book. Imagine a present in which you are living lightly on the Earth, using power from renewable resources, breathing fresher air, and spending more time with the people you love. Then imagine that all the while you are building wealth–the kind of wealth that lets you do what you want to do when you want to do it, the kind of wealth that lets you give back so you can make a difference in the lives of others and in the fate of our planet. That is what it means to Go Green and Live Rich.

Join our community

My hope is that this book will inspire you to Go Green and Live Rich–and that you will prosper both personally and financially as a result. Will you let me know how it goes for you? You can email me your stories at success@greengreen.com. And please visit the new website we have built at www.greengreen.com to help you live a greener life. I invite you to join our community there and get a free daily Green Tip of the Day.

However you get there, the journey to an environmentally friendly world is a journey we all need to take.

Live Green, Live Rich

David Bach

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Good if you know nothing about going green

    Was not worth my money. I didn't learn much that I didn't know before except about green travel. I was disappointed since David's other books are so great. I guess I didn't mind him getting my money since he has helped me so much with mine.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Good Premise but Just Common Sense

    I really like the idea behind this book, but I found it lacking. Most of the ideas were basic (change your lightbulbs to CFLs), or cost money to "get rich", so-to-speak (like going on a "green" vacation). I'm not really sure what I was looking for when I read this book, but I sure didn't get it. I guess I was hoping for ingenius ways to save money while being "green", but it seems like no one can tell you more than you already know. Reduce, reuse, recycle is the basic idea. I guess it's in the same vein as those diet books, really all the "new" advice just boils down to a basic principle of eating fewer calories than you expend. Probably a better idea is just to find a book on tips for living frugally and hope that being kinder to the environment is a byproduct.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Nothing New for a Long Time Treehugger

    I was disappointed by how this book really didn't present any new ideas for me to live more green than I currently do - it just added dollar signs (which are already out of date - gas is now almost $3.50/gal where I live but Bach's computations are based on $3/gal). I was also unimpressed with the fact that the book is really just a long list of websites where you can learn more information - why not just publish a website and charge people to access it and save all that paper? If you don't currently recyle, bring reusable shopping bags and combine errands to save gas and you need an incentive besides saving the planet to implement these changes, you may find some new motivation here. If you are already a committed environmentalist, don't waste your money. Better yet, just check this book out from the library (as I did) to save resources...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Go Green , Live Rich

    David Bach book contains many great ideas to not only save the environment but to also save money. Today in the US we spend over $30 million dollars a year buying bottled water. Many of these bottles contain tops that can not be recycled. He suggest that instead of buying water install a filter on your kitchen faucet. Another way to go green is to have companies stop sending us catalogues . You can go to optout on a google search to have them stopped. He also suggest to invest in Green Companies / Clean technology. He provides sites in his book for this. An easy way to save money is to buy in bulk. You can save up to 30%. These and many other good ideas are in this book. If you care about our earth and want to save money buy this book!

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    Posted April 8, 2008

    Win Win Solution for People and Planet

    David Bach gets it: we want to be rich, but many of us need incentive to live a green lifestyle. In Go Green, Live Rich, Bach shows us how acting in an environmentally responsible way can actually make us a lot of money and make us healthier. Bach writes: 'Going green is the most important issue that will shape our future.' By using less resources, buying less stuff, making our homes and transportation more energy efficient, we absolutely save money. The brilliance is taking that money and investing it. He writes: It's not what you earn that makes you rich or poor it is what you spend.' I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment and it sums up what I like so much about this book. Stop buying all that stuff and invest or contribute to green causes, instead. Bach provides dollar amounts for each of the 50 ways to go green: Improve fuel efficiency: $884 Seal leaks in home: $129 Lower thermostat: $85 Brownbag lunch: $ 1560 Total savings: $3758 Invest that savings (preferably in green businesses) for 30 years: $678,146 How cool is that? Bach shares how he began living a green lifestyle in the introduction: 'My own personal transformation to becoming more environmentally conscious began to happen when I moved into one of the leading green apartment buildings in the country. Funny enough, I decided to move there not so much because it was a green building but because it was located right next to my son's favorite park, where we spend lots of time together. But then something happened when I moved in and it stopped me in my tracks--my lifelong allergies began to improve along with Jack's asthma. I then began making more changes. I switched to green cleaning products, started using a green drycleaner, and even gave up my gas guzzling SUV. I soon noticed that I wasn't spending more money to make these changes--I was actually saving money.' There are 50 tips for greening your life, including: build green, bring your bags, clean green and take a volunteer vacation. One tip that happily surprised me was 'green your pet'. Bach suggests adopting from a rescue shelter to spare one of the 3-4 million dogs and cats that are killed yearly. In addition to that being the humanitarian thing to do, you will save money buying from a shelter instead of buying from another source. He goes on to suggest that you spend more money on quality food for your pet,(you can buy organic or make your own), something I think is crucial for their well-being. The extra money spent on food can be saved by not buying the mass-produced and potentially harmful toys. He suggests eco-friendly toys like tennis balls, instead. Bach writes:'I believe green investing will be to the 21st century what technology was the the 20th century,' and encourages readers to invest in green opportunities, businesses and services that will help the environment. Bach also encourages to contribute to green causes. I highly recommended this book. Improve the health of the environment, your family, yourself. Oh yeah--and grown rich! By the author of the award winning book,Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet

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