Our Environmental Handprints: Recover the Land, Reverse Global Warming, Reclaim the Future

Our Environmental Handprints: Recover the Land, Reverse Global Warming, Reclaim the Future

by Jon R. Biemer
Our Environmental Handprints: Recover the Land, Reverse Global Warming, Reclaim the Future

Our Environmental Handprints: Recover the Land, Reverse Global Warming, Reclaim the Future

by Jon R. Biemer


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"Readers should be inspired, informed, and ready to go." Booklist, Starred Review Offers 175 actions readers can take to create a more sustainable global environment. You care about the environment—the world you live in, and the world you are going to leave behind for future generations. Perhaps you already avoid wasting energy and buying more things than you need – reducing your Ecological Footprint. Yet there is a limit, given your family and circumstances. What can you do that will truly help heal our planet? Our Environmental Handprints is the first book to fully explore your “Handprint” – how you can create sustainability in your life and in the world. Your Handprint is limited only by yourimagination. The good you do can be greater than your Footprint. It is time to put more energy into your Handprint! The smart beauty of the Handprint is that it can be self-perpetuating. Take planting a tree as an example. You put a seedling into the ground, water it, and then leave it alone. That tree will then grow itself and pull carbon dioxide from the air and create oxygen for us to breathe for as long as it lives. And, seeds from that tree create more trees. Here, Jon Biemer draws our attention to proven strategies across the spectrum. We make a difference with the choices we make about the clothing we buy, the investments we make, and even the food we choose to eat. Handprint Thinking applies to shelter (eco-remodeling and LEED buildings), motion (electric cars and living without a car), and earth-friendly energy. He provides 175 proven Handprint suggestions that will help readers align their interests, lifestyle, and motivations toward a more sustainable earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538140659
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/05/2021
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Jon Biemer has more than forty years of experience creating sustainability including Repair Cafes, Free Cycling, Village Building Convergences, and ballot initiatives for Outdoor School and Clean Energy. Biemer is a mechanical engineer and holds a certificate in Process-oriented Psychology. He has managed utility energy conservation programs and now provides Organizational Development consulting to non-profits. He offsets his Carbon Footprint and buys resale clothing. In 2013 he walked the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route from Alberta to Nebraska with the Compassionate Earth Walk. Over the years, Jon and his wife have planted food forests, eco-remodeled their home, and lived without a power clothes dryer, refrigerator and car.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION: On the Staff of Our Children PART I: CREATING SUSTAINABILITY 1From Footprints to Handprints The Handprint Story. Planting Trees. The Ecological Footprint. Footprint and Handprint Thinking. Voluntary Carbon Offsets. Twelve Handprint Opportunities. 2Little Things Add Up Cleaning Products. Intelligent Clothing. Eliminating Disposables. Six Handprint Opportunities. PART II: ALLYING WITH HUMANITY 3Nurture Community Community Sharing. Repair Cafés. Ecovillages. Village Building Convergence. Community-friendly Businesses. Community Rights. Fourteen Handprint Opportunities. 4Give Generously The Giveaway. Gleaning. Crowdfunding. Online Gifting Platforms. Donating to Environmental Causes. Philanthropy. Nine Handprint Opportunities. 5Invest in Sustainability Socially Responsible Investing. Divesting Fossil Fuels. Shareholder Activism. Where Black Rock Goes… Six Handprint Opportunities. 6Work for Environmental Justice The Earth Charter. Flint’s Water. Landfills. Environmental Justice in Indian Country. Standing Rock. One Congregation’s Initiative. Eight Handprint Opportunities. 7Support Sustainable Development Sustaining Entrepreneurs. Education for Sustainable Development. Educating Girls in the Developing World. Contraception in the Developing World. Seven Handprint Opportunities. PART III: TEACHING AND LEARNING HANDPRINTS 8Teach Ecology Environmental Literacy. Zoos and Aquariums. Nature Schools. Environmental College Education. Nine Handprint Opportunities. 9Nurture a Lifelong Relationship with Nature Exposing Young People to Nature. Ecotourism. Experiential Education. Seven Handprint Opportunities. PART IV: FOOD HANDPRINTS 10Honor the Soil Organic Agriculture. Agricultural Carbon Sequestration. Perennials. Intensive Ranching and Farming. Agroforestry. Seven Handprint Opportunities. 11Partner with Your Earth-Friendly Farmer Gardening. Farmers Markets. Community Supported Agriculture. Food Labeling. Eating as if the Environment Mattered. Not All Meat is Created Equal. Partnering with Grocery Stores. Fifteen Handprint Opportunities. PART V: SHELTER, MOTION, AND ENERGY HANDPRINTS 12Live and Work in Modest Elegance Small Houses. Eco Remodeling. Multifamily Housing. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Ten Handprint Opportunities. 13Move with Graceful Economy Walking. The Bicycle. The Electric Car. A Low-car Lifestyle. Urban Mass Transit. Inter-city Rail. The Next Generations. Eight Handprint Opportunities. 14Insist on Earth-friendly Energy Energy Efficiency. Wind. Solar Electricity. Distributed Energy. Ten Handprint Opportunities. PART VI: STEWARDSHIP HANDPRINTS 15Protect and Recover the Land The Serengeti of America. Endangered Species. Permaculture. Bioremediation. The Superfund. Thirteen Handprint Opportunities. 16Revive Our Rivers Pete Seeger’s Legacy. Removing Dams. Water Restoration. Iconic River Revivals. Seven Handprint Opportunities. 17Conserve Our Ocean The Coast. Marine Protected Areas. Fisheries. Reefs. Signature Marine Species. Marine Pollution Prevention. Ocean Gyres. Six Handprint Opportunities. PART VII: WITHIN OUR GRASP 18A Circular Economy Resale. Recycling. The Benefit Corporation. Cradle to Cradle. We the People. Happiness. Ten Handprint Opportunities. 19Paris The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement. Putting a Price on Carbon. Cities (and Everyone Else) versus Climate Change. Eight Handprint Opportunities. 20Be a Hero in Your Own Story Transitions. Claiming Your Handprints. When Something Breaks. Three Handprint Opportunities. 21We Can Do This! Twelve Future Collective Handprints. The Prophesy of Jake Swamp. APPENDIX 1. Drawdown Solutions vis a vis Handprint Opportunities APPENDIX 2. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals NOTES SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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