The Green Living Handbook & Low Carbon Diet by David Gershon (Part One)

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

A couple of weeks ago I posted a rhyme called “Crazy Dayze” and listed these two books as well as Our House is on Fire by Greta Thunberg and family to read in conjunction with the envirnment: Here’s the link to the rhyme posting in case you missed it:…f-normandy-beach/ .  It was posted on June 6th, D-Day, so it was a double posting, with the rhyme at the bottom.

The Green Living Handbook and the Low Carbon Diet are similar guidebooks. The subtitle of the Green Living Handbook is: A 6 step program to Create an Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle.  Both books address ecology issues, except the Low Carbon Diet is a 30-Day Program to lose 5,000 pounds (carbon points) , while the Green Living Handbook divides environmental activities into six steps, starting below the photo of the cover:

1. Dumping on Garbage- Reducing Your Solid Waste

2. Wasting Water is All Wet – Water Efficiency
3. Getting a Charge Out of Saving Energy – Energy Efficiency
4. Ticket to Ride – Transportation Efficiency
5. Good Buys Forever – Eco-Wise Consuming
6. You Make the Difference – Empowering Others
The Low Carbon Diet has 5 sections:
1. Cool Lifestyle Practices
2. Cool Household Systems
3. Empowering Others to Lose Pounds
4. CO2 reduction Action Plan
5. Program Support Tools
Both books encourage you to be part of a “team” so that these actions can be done with more of an impact and also put these suggestions into practice with a support group. I plan to post the ideas on my website, perhaps one section each week.
In the meantime, if anyone of you reading t his is interested in being part of my “team,” please contact me at: to make a plan to put these ideas into practice, using the workbook approach and plans from one of the books, since there is overlapping.
Both books (8 1/2″ X 11″ softcover) are available from Empowerment Institute: Low Carbon Diet is $12.95 and the Green Living Handbook is $14.95. To order, go to The institute is located in West Hurley,  NY.


July 2020: What’s Next?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

I generally write what I plan to post for the month, but with the negative news about upticks in COVID-19 numbers, I am not sure what I will be posting, except for a couple of book reviews on climate change and some summer recipes.

So, instead, I am posting a lighter topic with a photo of what I call “My ‘Inner’ Clothesline.” Since we live in a condo where there are no clotheslines, I use the wrought iron railing between my living room and dining room to hang items to dry. Last week I washed all my mittens, scarves, and hats and used the railing to dry the scarves because I would afraid the dryer would shrink them.  Here’s the photo:


Behind the “clothesline” is my dining room table, where all my winter hats and gloves that are washable are laid flat on the plastic covering over the glass table. So, basically, my dining room became an ecological way to dry my winter scarves, hats and gloves.


My book, For the Love of Clotheslines is available on Amazon, in case you love clotheslines as much as I do!