Of all the books I have read so far, this one, Imagine it! is probably the best choice for taking action right now! The subtitle: “a handbook for a happier planet” could also add ….and happier humans. It is a handbook, and maybe a blueprint, because each chapter, called Shifts, since the actions require a shift in our thinking, is filed with ideas, actions, helpful websites, etc.
There are seven shifts/chapters, which are listed below and cover all the topics currently and hopefully being addressed by people and countries concerned about the tipping point:
1. Shift 1: Our Plastic Footprint
2. Shift 2: Our Food Imprint
3. Shift 3: Our Clothing Footprint
4. Shift 4: Our Chemical Footprint
5. Shift 5: Our Paper Footprint
6. Shift 6: Our Water Footprint
7. Shift 7: Our Transportation Footprint
After these chapters are the Appendices, which are also valuable resources because they include a Glossary,a sampler draft of an Advocacy Letter,a list of Environmental Groups, Recommended Reading, TV, Films, and Documentaries, and pages of the author’s Favorite Products that are “environmentally safe”.
The two authors have done an excellent job of putting all of this together in a user-friendly handbook, with photos, quotes and essays. Additionally, the print is larger than most books, so reading the pages goes quickly. The authors are both media people and have done an excellent job of putting together a guidebook for everyone, young or old. Laurie David was actually one of the producers of An Inconvenient Truth, the Academy Award winning documentary spearheaded by former Vice-President Al Gore. Heather Reisman makes documentaries among other talents and chairs the Love of Reading Foundation. Both women have good credentials and good sense!
I highly recommend this book for individual, especially teachers, as well as environmental groups looking for guidance on where to get started. It’s right here in Imagine it! published by Rodale Books (www.rodalebooks.com) and costs $19.99, with 250 pages packed full of ideas, actions, and how to make a difference.
Earth Day Every Day!
P.S. I will post my first “action” this week.