To help you refine your ideas about what you can and want to do. To give you further reading. To help you find a support in your Green efforts.
This “Resources” section is all about helping you do more, help more, and have more of an impact.
Many of the facts and figures we used in this course came from some of the books and websites listed in this section. Because most of the sites and books offer a wide variety of information on a myriad of Green topics, you might find information on a number of different topics at each of these websites. Use our categories as a guide, not a specific we’ll first look at general books and websites to help you educate yourself, get new ideas and take action.
There are a myriad of books available on Green topics. Here are some worth reading:
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” by Nicky Scott. This book is part of the Chelsea Green Guides series and offers dozens of ways you can reduce your footprint on Mother Earth. In addition, there is an alphabetical listing of hundreds of items with information about how to recycle them.
“Energy: Use Less, Save More” by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert. This book, also part of the Chelsea Green Guides, is chock full of handy and simple tips for reducing your energy usage.
“Water: Use Less, Save More” by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert. This book, again from the Chelsea Green Guides, contains 100 tips for saving water in your home and in other areas of your life. Like all the Chelsea Green Guides listed here, it’s of a compact size so you can carry it with you if you like.
“Wake up and Smell the Planet” by Grist.org, is a humorous, none-too-serius guide to getting Green. Or, as the subtitle tells us, it’s the “non-pompous, non-preachy Grist Guide to Greening your Day”. With plenty of helpful hints, the guide understands that not everyone is willing to go Green in every area and offers you tips that fit your comfort level.
“Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability” by Greg Horn is a comprehensive look at daily Green measures you can take to help the planet. Gives you a good background of Green issues and helps you understand how your efforts help the planet.
“Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community” by Bill McKibben. This book helps you turn from uneducated consumer into community activist. If you need a primer on how to become involved, this is your book.
“The End of Nature” by Bill McKibben. If you need a better primer than what we provided, this is the book to read. It will give you a broad background on the issues so you can understand how your choices impact the environment, negatively and positively.
“E: The Environmental Magazine”, published bi-monthly (check www.emagazine.com for more information). This magazine is dedicated to the cause of helping people be Greener, with each issue offering a bit of news, tips for Green living and support for the Green lifestyle.
“Green Source” published 4 times a year (check www.greensource.construction.com for more information). This magazine is devoted to the cause of helping people and businesses build environmentally responsible homes and buildings.
“Audubon”, published bi-monthly (check www.audubon.org for more information). This magazine is a perk of membership in the Audubon Society, which is dedicated to the restoration of the Earth’s habitats, conservation and Green issues.
“The Green Guide”, published bi-monthly by National Geographic, includes many tips to help you adhere to your Green lifestyle pledge. With tips on cooking, home keeping and other relevant topics, it’s a favorite among those dedicate to the Green lifestyle. (See www.thegreenguide.com for more information.)
Movies and Television
“An Inconvenient Truth”, the groundbreaking documentary narrated by Al Gore, is a great background source for more environmental information. If you are unclear about the issue of global warming or simply want more information or a boost to your dedication to live Green, this movie will provide the education and push you need.
“Global Warming: The Signs and the Science” is a PBS documentary narrated by Alanis Morissette. This is an educational, stunningly recorded documentary that is often recommended to people who believe there is a political slant to Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth”.
“A.I”. This Steven Spielberg movie places the protagonist in a Manhattan that’s flooded because the polar ice caps have melted. The humans have adapted by being robotic beings.
“The Day after Tomorrow.” A thrilling, big-movie version of the end of the world, this movie tells the tale of abrupt global warming and the efforts of one climatologist to help save the world.
“Waterworld”. This movie, which stars Kevin Costner, was at the time the most expensive Hollywood movie ever made and one of the biggest flops. But many movie fans now say that in retrospect, this movie (a tale about the Earth after the melting of all the polar ice caps) is an enjoyable and interesting tale of life after the end of life as we know it.
“Living with Ed”, is a show on Home and Garden Television (HGTV), Sundays at 11:30 p.m. eastern (in the U.S.). This show features the ever-increasing Green efforts by Ed Begley, Jr., an actor and environmental activist.
Planet Green from the Discovery Channel. Discovery Home Channel is re-launching in 2008 as Discovery’s Planet Green, a 24-hour television channel dedicated to educating people about living green, with programming about various environmental concerns, Green living tips and the like. Check with your cable provider to see where you can find this channel in your area.
Certainly head to your favorite search engine and conduct your own internet search for information, but these sites are particularly useful. We aren’t suggesting these sites are more useful than others, only that they provide a good deal of useful and interesting information. You may find sites you like more than these.
The Great Warming (www.thegreatwarming.com) offers information, resources and a DVD you can order for more information.
With a look at how businesses can help reduce its contribution to global warming, www.climateactionprogramme.org has a myriad of ideas and resources.
To read about these issues in a way that’s understandable and with supporting definitions, check out the Awareness-2007 website (www.awareness-2007.com)
The Kyoto Protocol was forwarded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and you can learn more about this group and their efforts at their website at www.unfccc.int.
Scientists rejoice – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presents no-nonsense information in a scientific way.
The World Wildlife Federation is still dedicated to the planet, after all these years and its website (www.panda.org) is chock full of information about our planet at peril and steps you can take to reduce your personal footprint.
Learn more about the basic issues at Global Issues (www.globalissues.org/envissues/globalwarming/intro.asp)
If you need a site to help your children understand the issues, try Solcom House (www.solcomhouse.com/globalwarming.htm)
Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for some additional tips (www.energy.gov).
You can never have too many tips on saving energy. Check out these sites for more tips:
Thinking of getting a composting toilet? Let the experts at Composting Toilet World help you (www.compostingtoilet.org).
Reduce your rubbishhas many tips for recycling just about everything (http://www.reducerubbish.govt.nz/recycle/tips.html)
Earth 911 (www.earth911.org) has tons of useful information for you if you’re going to go Green, but it will also help you find a good recycling center in your area.
Recycling Guide (www.recycling-guide.org.uk/products.html is an excellent site that will help you decipher the various recycle icons and marks on your recyclable items as well as items made from recycled materials.
Here are some other sites that might help you as you recycle more:
Green Car Congress (www.greencarcongress.com) is devoted to helping you make a good transportation choice, with stories from around the world, ideas for your best transport choice and more.
Before you pick your next car, make sure it's a good choice for the environment by checking it out at www.fueleconomy.gov.
For background information about cars and how they can harm the environment, use the information at the U.S. National Safety Council website (www.nsc.org/ehc/mobile/mse_fs.htm).
Keeping up on trends and offering you advice for your next car purchase is the domain of Why Buy Hybrid (www.whybuyhybrid.com).
For more information about moving toward a diet less dependent on meat, check out the Earthsave website (www.Earthsave.org), which promotes itself as (promoting) a shift toward a healthy plant-based diet.”
The ecotourism website (www.ecotourism.org) will offer you ideas for your next environmentally friendly vacation.
Check your Emissions
A personal emissions calculator can be found within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fulsome site (www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html).
You can quickly and easily see how just a few simple changes can significantly reduce your personal emissions. You might choose to make just one change, or many. The site will calculate it all for you.
Visit the store at Carbon Planet (www.carbonplanet.com) for information about how to buy carbon offset credits.
Check out Terra Pass for more carbon credit information (www.terrapass.com).
Step It Up rallies are held annually around the United States. You might organize one, or find one in your area to participate in. (www.stepitup2007.org).
General High Five
(These sites are those that will give you hands-on and supportive ideas for living Green.)