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Take the difficulty and guesswork out of greener living by learning the following:
Install rain gutters and rain barrels to collect rainwater from your roof to use in the garden.
Shift appliance use to off-peak hours. Some utility companies offer off-peak rates!
Make your own household cleaners instead of relying on toxic commercial products.
Submerge a plastic bottle in your toilet tank to save one quart of water per flush and thousands of gallons a year.
This book concurrently presents a plan, tips and an Internet resources list that you can use to follow-through on good intentions. An extensive product labels list is also provided to help interpret how some foods are produced. If you haven't invested in substantially greener behaviors, consumerism and politics because you didn't know how or thought it was difficult, help is here: It's Easy Being Green is a handbook for all those who aspire do more to protect the environment but want it to be simpler. You can make a difference!
Many Americans agree with the goals of the environmental movement. Yet, nearly as many Americans admit to doing little more than recycling when it comes to acting on that disposition. Both the number of people expressing support for environmental protection and their acknowledged lack of more meaningful efforts to back it up got me thinking, "Why is their such a great divide between environmental sentiment in this country and individual actions?" Clues to the answer came from my own inadequacies in the area of meaningful environmental stewardship. I was consumed by a career, my sensibilities weren't tuned to recognize opportunities for improvement, and I was unaware of simple, practical suggestions on which I could follow through. If other people were anything like me, a busy lifestyle, some unknowingness as to their role in the problems and solutions of today and a lack of guidance on what to do and how to do it was rendering many other "eco-minded" people predominantly "un-eco."
Everyone is leading busy lives and is therefore, to some extent, wrestling with how to balance better environmental stewardship with modern pressures and reliances. I became convinced that the way to increase the ranks of practicing environmentalists was to take the difficulty and guesswork out of greener living by adjusting expectations, stressing learning as a motivator and enabler, and above all else, providing constructive tips and resources to prepare the eco-inclined for action on terms they could live with. It made sense that if busy people were going to start doing more, they would need a lot more help.
Chapter 1: Green Living Myths
Chapter 2: Make a Change
Chapter 3: Eco-Tips for Living Greener
Chapter 4: Buy Green
Chapter 5: Green Shopping Online
Chapter 6: Resources to Help the Earth
Chapter 7: Some Good News
Posted April 20, 2011
I am still trying to finish wading through the advice in this book. The small print is difficult to read, the checklists are far too bureaucratic, and the overall information is way too technical for your average person trying to understand the green movement. The only thing "easy" about this book is that it is printed on recycled paper. I'm also disappointed that it is not offered on Kindle as so many people use Kindle today. It also seems a lot of Ms. Trask's ideas are geared toward the business professional, and sadly much of our current society are NOT business professionals.
I understand what Ms. Trask was attemtpting to accomplish, but I feel she went to far in the opposite direction.