Do you want to live well, be green and make a difference? Award-winning environmentalist and television presenter Tanya Ha provides green living advice, tips and ideas for the beginner and committed tree-hugger alike. Find out how to: - Reduce the impact of your lifestyle and help the planet flourish - Make your home more comfortable all year round - Save money on energy and water bills - Go green at work, and… Do you want to live well, be green and make a difference? With topics covering everything from green cleaning and eco-fashion to growing food and saving energy and water, Greeniology is a practical, fun guide to changing your lifestyle for a healthier home and healthier planet.
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Guidebooks on adopting a sustainable lifestyle are hardly a new phenomenon, but that Melbourne University Press has published this one indicates just how mainstream the concept has become. There is information on green cleaning, health and beauty, sustainable food and fashion, saving water, saving energy, cultivating a green garden, buying a greener car, and green building and renovating.
What Ha does particularly well is move from the straightforward kind of green advice to more complex and technical areas while still writing in an accessible, conversational way. The book also covers what to consider when installing a rainwater tank, and the role of building orientation when designing a green home. Home-based renewable electricity sources are explained, and windows, floors, decking, insulation, cooking ranges and fridges all get a look-in.
Each chapter includes the ecological context that requires us to act, as well as plenty of useful facts and figures, for example, an explanation of the concept of greenhouse intensity. I did have a problem with how Greeniology positions itself, which in turn throws up questions that go beyond the intentions and scope of the book itself, to the larger terrain of how we as a society deal with climate change.
In her introduction, Ha strongly advocates the path of personal responsibility. Indeed, setting an emissions reduction target means that the more the population helps the federal government reach its target, the more corporations will be able to pollute.
There are other ways to agitate besides protesting, such as writing letters, blogging and so on. Having said that, the two areas — personal responsibility and pressuring governments to make radical, society-wide changes — are in fact complementary.
If a groundswell of people take up green energy, for example, the industry would have to transform; and if enough citizens reduced their emissions, this would put pressure on governments to increase their reduction targets. Nor is going green purely about climate change, although that remains our greatest challenge. Ha acknowledges the huge complexity of the issues in this area, but I think she could have advised readers of more of the options available, for example the growing range of ethical and Fairtrade fashion available from online stores in the UK.
Despite my quibbles, this is an excellent all-round reference book for anyone who wants to go green and stay that way. Until next time!
While there are a few hard-core activists at the frontline of the environmental movement who are not afraid to further the green cause through extreme and very public acts, this approach is not for everyone. Public protest was and still is necessary. After all, we purchased the products that harmed the earth through their manufacture or disposal. We bought and used the hairsprays that contained ozone-destroying CFCs.
Greeniology 2020: Greener Living Today, and in the Future by Tanya Ha (Paperback, 2011)
Doudal Do you want to live well, be green and make a difference? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. With topics covering everything from green cleaning and eco-fashion to growing food and saving energy and water, Greeniology is a practical, fun guide to changing your lifestyle for a healthier home and healthier planet. Open to the public ; Subjects Environmental protection — Citizen participation.