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WATER: USE LESSaSAVE MORE THE CHELSEA GREEN GUIDESaA NEW SERIES OF POCKET-SIZED BOOKS TO HELP SAVE THE EARTH Did you know that Americans now use 127 percent more water than we did in 1950? Or that about 95 percent of the water entering our homes goes down the drain? Our population is growing, our climate changing, and our lifestyles demand more and more water. This book includes one hundred tips for conserving water in the home and garden. Following just a few will reduce your consumption of water, save money, and save the environment. Also available: ENERGY: USE LESSaSAVE MORE COMPOSTING: AN EASY HOUSEHOLD GUIDE REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE: AN EASY HOUSEHOLD GUIDE
Offering a broad perspective on how to make the best of the precious resource of water in your garden, this book reveals how conserving water in your garden does not necessarily restrict the gardener to dry gravel beds, but can also involve lawns, leafy crops, and flowery borders. Topics covered include the natural science of water-efficient gardening, choosing a style and design, water-efficient plants, and techniques to save on water.
With hundreds of entertaining facts, Thomas Kostigen gives simple tips for water saving, both the water you see and use and "virtual water," the water you cannot see but is embedded in the things you consume. For example, it takes 27 gallons of water to grow a banana but only 19 gallons of water to grow an apple--thus choosing to eat an apple can save 8 gallons of water. "The Green Blue Book "includes an extensive guide so you can make smarter choices and help reduce the demand for water-intensive foods and products. With breakthrough research, humor, and a hopeful message, "The Green Blue Book "will show how, drop by drop, one's water savings can add up.
Who controls our water resources and how much water do we have left? Can we enact meaningful changes in our personal lives, our policies and our laws to protect our remaining freshwater reserves? Can we learn to share water equitably with each other and the planet? In this collection, some of the world's leading writers, activists, photographers, and artists have come together to answer those questions and put us on a path for change. "Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource" is a call to action and a solution-focused guide to solving our global water crisis. Authors take on both the good and the bad—the impact of climate change on water resources, the threat of privatization, and the challenge of thirsty agriculture, as well as a growing grassroots water justice movement, tools for watershed literacy, and success stories in conservation and efficiency. "Water Matters" is a book that will make you pause for a moment to remember the life-sustaining value of water in our daily lives, and then inspire you to do everything you can to preserve and protect our threatened water resources. Contributors include: Maude Barlow, Cynthia Barnett, Jeff Conant, Brock Dolman, Paula Garcia, Wenonah Hauter, Barbara Kingsolver, Jacques Leslie, Tara Lohan, Kelle Louaillier, Bill McKibben, Sandra Postel, Christina Roessler, Tina Rosenberg, Elizabeth Royte, Eleanor Sterling, Erin Vintinner, and William Waterway
Children learn that clean water is one of our most precious natural resources. In this book, boys and girls are told about dozens of ways in which they and their families can avoid wasting water. Part of every childas development involves asking questions. Today, some of the most important questions kids ask are related to the natural environment. The enlightening and entertaining four-book "Why Should I?" series demonstrates the importance of protecting nature. Books present brief, entertaining stories that answer childrenas questions and feature amusing color illustrations on every page. A note at the back of each book is for parents and teachers, suggesting ways to use these books most effectively.
Finally a hopeful book which empowers us to make the choices we need to make...not out of fear but out of love for ourselves, our Earth, and each other. "Includes inspirational quotes from influential environmentalists and thought leaders including Al Gore, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Howard Zinn, E.F. Schumacher, William Shakespeare, Ayn Rand, and Mahatma Gandhi. " "The Earth is what we all have in common. It is what we are made of and what we live from, and we cannot damage it without damaging those with whom we share it." -Wendell Berry " You Can Save the Earth: 7 Reasons Why & 7 Simple Ways "is the perfect book to pick up for your friends, your office, your home, and yourself. While many books on sustainability and climate change focus only on disasters and what has gone wrong-what we have lost-this one takes a new tack. "You Can Save the Earth" focuses on real-life, simple solutions to many of our global problems, and emphasizes steps that can be taken on an individual basis or on a local level to promote environmental awareness and conservation. Because it promotes reflection rather than guilt, "You Can Save the Earth" offers a new approach to discussing the environment, climate change, and how man influences his surroundings. After examining the impact that man has on his environment, "You Can Save the Earth" provides seven simple things you can do or a "roadmap" for readers to follow in their daily lives, from the office, to the home, the store, and everywhere in between. By creating good habits and incorporating them into our lifestyles, man can live in closer harmony with his environment. "You Can Save the Earth "Offers Seven Important Reasons Why Environmental Awareness and Conservation are so Important: All Life is Interconnected: It is impossible for people to separate themselves from each other, the Earth, or the many living things on the Earth. When we lack respect for the environment and the Earth, we are inevitably damaging ourselves as well. " "The Health of the Earth Defines Our Well-being: The damage we do to the Earth is often returned upon man, with the advent of global warming there has been an increase in disease and chronic environmentally caused conditions such as Asthma. Water is the Essence of All Life: Our disastrous policies and ongoing pollution have the potential to do devastating damage to our water supply. The Air We Breathe: Air is essential to human life, yet man has shown a remarkable disrespect for air since the industrial revolution. We spew pollution, including carbon dioxide, sulfur, and other harmful chemicals, into the atmosphere at startling rates. It is vital to the ongoing health of mankind that we begin to show more respect for the atmosphere and what we put into it. The Limits of Fossil Fuels: Oil has been
The oceans, and the challenges they face, are so vast that it's easy to feel powerless to protect them. "50 Simple Ways to Save the Ocean, written by veteran environmental journalist David Helvarg, focuses on practical, easily-implemented actions everyone can take to protect and conserve this vital resource. Well-researched, personal, and sometimes whimsical, the book addresses daily choices that affect the ocean's health: what fish should and should not be eaten; how and where to vacation; storm drains and driveway run-off; protecting local water tables; proper diving, surfing, and tidepool etiquette; and supporting local marine education. Helvarg also looks at what can be done to stir the waters of seemingly daunting issues such as toxic pollutant runoff; protecting wetlands and sanctuaries; keeping oil rigs off shore; saving reef environments; and replenishing fish reserves.
Written by service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye and celebrity ocean spokesperson Philippe Cousteau, "Going Blue" educates young people about the earth's water crisis and gives them tools and inspiration to transform their ideas into action. With lively photos and practical suggestions, the book helps teens plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet's water system. Along the way, readers learn about issues such as clean water access, coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, factory fishing, bottled water, and much more. This combination of academic learning and community service is at the heart of the fast-growing teaching strategy known as service learning. "Going Blue" is divided into the five stages of service learning: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Special sections include a history of ocean exploration with a profile of Jacques Cousteau; an interview with Philippe Cousteau; stories of young people around the world addressing water issues; book and Web resources; and an afterword for adults.
A complete guide to home improvement the environmentally friendly way: whether you want to redecorate or redesign your home, this essential book provides all the information you need to reduce your home's carbon footprint and improve the quality of your life. For 40 years, Terence Conran has been a leader in intelligent design, changing the way we think about and furnish our homes. No, Conran shows us that it is possible to convert our existing homes into greener, healthier places without starting from scratch. Whether you want to redecorate or resign your home, " Eco House Book" explains how relatively small and economic changes can be made, including simple repairs to improve energy efficiency, water saving tips, and productive gardening, to more dramatic overhauls such as redesigning room use, converting basements and extending your home. Environmental issues should be part of every decision you make on the home front--from selecting fabric for soft furnishings to designing and siting a home extension. Special focus is given to reducing the vast amounts of energy and water that homes consume on a daily basis, with advice on low energy lighting strategies and decorative choices, improving insulation and reducing energy use, the latest green heating systems, alternative ways of generating power, and electricity reducing appliances. As we are urged to change our lifestyles to reduce our carbon footprint and consumption of water, there has never been a better time to green your home.
Priscilla Short lived off the grid for a year in a strawbale house in Taos, NM, with no electricity, no running water, and a wood burning stove for heat. At the end of the year, Short returned home to Denver committed to making a smaller ecological footprint by consuming less and conserving more. In "Thrifty Green," Short offers a unique, resource-by-resource approach that shows us that the best way to practice conservation, the real win-win, involves saving money as we lighten up. In the tradition of Ed Begley, Jr.'s "Living with Ed," the book will help you make crucial decisions about: Transportation--hybrid cars, zip cars, bike shares, biodeisel and alternative fuels Heat--heat pumps, thermostats, stoves, insulation, solar options Power and Light-- fluorescent vs. incandescent, natural light, high tech vs low-tech appliances Water--treatment for water pollution, filters, purifiers, outdoor plumbing, composting toilets, water policies and regulations, water bill calculators Food--conventional vs. organic farming, pesticides in fruits and vegetables, dangers of plastic, resources for growing your own food Garbage--composting, recycling, disposables, plastics Stuff--downsizing and reclaiming: clothes, shoes, electronics, jewelry Peppered with examples of people living both on and off the grid, eccentric and ordinary, who are deliberately making choices to live with less, "Thrifty Green" is much more than a how-to book. It is a conscientious guide to the art of going green that includes a wealth of terrific tips, fun facts, and straightforward strategies that will make you think about conservation in a whole new way.
This book is a call to action for children everywhere. The effects of pollution, global warming, and the destruction of our planet have never been so visible or measurable. The book introduces and explains massive global problems that need to be addressed now. It's packed full of 50 useful things kids can do to make their homes, schools, adn neighborhoods more environmentally friendly. Included in this book; * Why you shouldn't leave appliances on standby. * How to save water around your house. * How to persuade your local supermarket to reduce the number of plastic bags used. * What is the greenhouse effect and global warming. * Ways to organize your household recycling that really work. * Find out how green your family car is. * What to do with kitchen leftovers. * How to spread the word on saving the planet.