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Posted February 24, 2011
David Wann's thorough and enlightened book is not for the casual reader. His plane is ambitious, policy changing and challenging. Yet, his writing suggest a practicality and honesty that is hard to argue with. The New Normal talks about systematic change in digestible easy to understand solutions. I found myself believing fully that with some thoughtful changes and community activism that real change is in the power of the individual. The challenge, dear reader is on you to take his action plan and propel it forward. The chapter entitled "overfed and undernourished" is particularly interesting and doable. The idea of eating locally, while not a new one is put into context not only for what each of us can do to feed our families more responsibly, but to have our choices extend far beyond our own dinner tables. It's not just about shopping your local farmer's market, it is about changing the way we eat, grow and purchase food. But this is one of many theories that Mr. Wann explores, renewable energy, an affordable economy and consumerism are larger areas for Wann to re imagine. Within those large policy issues lie a new paradigm that Wann sets force with simple eloquence. The notion that stuck with me throughout the book was sustainability, something that we have learned if not guarded, can be a fleeting notion. I highly recommend this book as a blue print for how we should live. Like Ghandi once said, "You must be the change, you wish in the world." I was inspired by this hefty volume and plan to use it as a reference tool. It will change the way you view "normal!"
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Posted April 7, 2011
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