No Impact Man

Author: Colin Beavan

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429952576

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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A guilty liberal finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons–loving wife along for the ride. And that's just the beginning. Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one man's decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year—while still living in New York City—to see if it's possible to make no net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television . . . What would it be like to try to live a no-impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or can our culture reduce the barriers to sustainable living so it becomes as easy as falling off a log? These are the questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavor, via which Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can realistically live a more "eco-effective" and by turns more content life in an age of inconvenient truths.

Quicklet on Colin Beavan's No Impact Man (CliffNotes-like Summary)

Author: Megan Yarnall

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614642311

Category: Study Aids

Page: 28

View: 7064

ABOUT THE BOOK “Was I as helpless to help change the imperiled world as I originally thought?” The way environmentalism and global warming are talked about today, it’s no surprise that some people think we are doomed. The arrival of 2012 means we’re destined to a painful demise on an earth that’s too boiling hot, or is being wiped out by fanatical weather that floods our towns and blows us away. And with the drastic nature of the changes apparently required of us all, it’s no wonder that we seem doomed to fail in making the necessary fixes: produce no trash, reduce carbon emissions, don’t drive, reuse everything, don’t buy new, don’t use disposable items, the list goes on. Most of these requirements would demand seemingly radical lifestyle adjustments. Enter Colin Beavan. No Impact Man. No Impact Man used to talk the talk, but as for walking the walk, he felt comfortable in his family’s easy habits that made each day run smoothly and allowed convenience in every step. He finally decided that he needed to change his habits, and explore what the Earth could give us instead of what we could take from it. He became No Impact Man. MEET THE AUTHOR Megan Yarnall is a publicist and writer. She studied English, creative writing, and Italian at Dickinson College, and wrote her thesis on the connections between humans, their bodies, and language. She graduated in 2010 after spending four years organizing all of her college’s concerts. Megan has lived abroad in Italy and loves studying foreign language, linguistics, and writing. In her spare time she horseback rides, rock climbs, and travels. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK However, Colin and his family did adjust. Slowly. He started bringing glass jars to buy loose flour, nuts, and beans. He used a handkerchief or an old napkin to blow his nose. He started buying fresh food and stopped using plastic packaging or plastic bags. Michelle found herself enjoying the forty block walk to work every day. The family was looking healthier thanks to the new eating habits and exercise. After cutting out public transportation and instead getting around the city on foot, on bike, and on scooter, and after they cut out trash production with reusable items (even a straight razor for shaving), they began the sustainable eating phase. This meant implementing sustainable and local eating on top of the efforts they’d already been making. Colin did some of his own research, and talked to some experts – including some people near Vancouver who embarked on their own year of sustainable eating – to get a feel for what it would mean to be eating local. After talking with some farmers and sellers in the New York area, Colin decided he and his family would only buy and eat food that came from within 250 miles of New York City. This meant they could only eat what is in season, and wouldn’t be able to enjoy extras like coffee... Buy a copy to keep reading!

The Way Things Go

Author: Aaron Jaffe

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452943931

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

View: 673

Buffed up to a metallic shine; loose fitting, lopsided, or kludgy; getting in the way or getting lost; collapsing in an explosion of dust caught on the warehouse CCTV. Modern things are going their own ways, and this book attempts to follow them. A course of thought about their comings and goings and cascading side effects, The Way Things Go offers a thesis demonstrated via a century-long countdown of stuff. Modernist critical theory and aesthetic method, it argues, are bound up with the inhuman fate of things as novelty becoming waste. Things are seldom at rest. Far more often they are going their own ways, entering and exiting our zones of attention, interest, and affection. Aaron Jaffe is concerned less with a humanist story of such things—offering anthropomorphizing narratives about recouping the items we use—as he is with the seemingly inscrutable, inhuman capacities of things for coarticulation and coherence. He examines the tension between this inscrutability on the one hand, and the ways things seem ready-made for understanding on the other hand, by means of exposition, thing-and-word-play, conceptual art, essayism, autopoesis, and prop comedy. Among other novelties and detritus, The Way Things Go delves into books, can openers, roller skates, fat, felt, soap, joy buzzers, hobbyhorses, felt erasers, sleds, magic rabbits, and urinals. But it stands apart from the recent flood of thing-talk, rebuking the romantic tendencies caught up in the pathetic nature of debris defining the conversation. Jaffe demonstrates that literary criticism is the one mode of analysis that can unpack the many things that, at first glance, seem so nonliterary.

Plato's Pigs and Other Ruminations

Author: M. D. Usher

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108839584

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 283

View: 8015

A pioneering, original work of synthesis that traces modern ideas about systems science and sustainable living back to Classical antiquity.

The Good Life Lab

Author: Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1603428887

Category: House & Home

Page: 320

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Tired of the high-pressure life they lead in New York City, Wendy Jehanara Tremayne and her husband migrate to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where they build, invent, forage, and grow all they need for themselves. Full of quirky stories and imaginative illustrations, this inspiring memoir chronicles the off-the-grid adventures of the Tremaynes. Touchingly personal while also providing practical tutorials on making your own biofuel, building an efficient house, and gardening sustainably, The Good Life Lab will encourage you to chase your dreams of self-sufficiency.

Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Industries

Author: Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu,Miguel Angel Gardetti

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030385329

Category: Science

Page: 168

View: 962

This book is part of a five-volume set that explores sustainability in textile industry practices globally. Case studies are provided that cover the theoretical and practical implications of sustainable textile issues, including environmental footprints of textile manufacturing, consumer behavior, eco-design in clothing and apparels, supply chain sustainability, the chemistry of textile manufacturing, waste management and textile economics. The set will be of interest to researchers, engineers, industrialists, R&D managers and students working in textile chemistry, economics, materials science, and sustainable consumption and production. This volume focuses on sustainability aspects of consumerism and fashion, emphasizing the environmental issues that stem from textile care and disposal, and how many of these practices detrimentally impact the environment. Also addressed is the role of consumer knowledge and behavior associated with the clothing industry that may exacerbate these issues, and what can be done to better inform consumers about more sustainable options available to them. The case studies presented cover environmental and social sustainability in the clothing industry, and sustainable development in luxury fashion networks.

Refrigeration Nation

Author: Jonathan Rees

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421411067

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 236

View: 8212

Only when the power goes off and food spoils do we truly appreciate how much we rely on refrigerators and freezers. In Refrigeration Nation, Jonathan Rees explores the innovative methods and gadgets that Americans have invented to keep perishable food cold—from cutting river and lake ice and shipping it to consumers for use in their iceboxes to the development of electrically powered equipment that ushered in a new age of convenience and health. As much a history of successful business practices as a history of technology, this book illustrates how refrigeration has changed the everyday lives of Americans and why it remains so important today. Beginning with the natural ice industry in 1806, Rees considers a variety of factors that drove the industry, including the point and product of consumption, issues of transportation, and technological advances. Rees also shows that how we obtain and preserve perishable food is related to our changing relationship with the natural world. "A smart and illuminating book that will be of great interest to anyone engaged with either the history of technology or the history of food."—American Historical Review "Rees has written an entertaining, well-narrated, and well-researched book about building one root infrastructure of modern food systems."—Business History "Refrigeration Nation is a well-written and useful book for both scholars and students . . . Rees presents a well-developed account of the importance of American enterprise and innovation in the national and global marketplace."—History: Reviews of New Books "A fascinating book."—Heritage Radio Jonathan Rees is a professor of history at Colorado State University–Pueblo. He is the author of Industrialization and the Transformation of American Life: A Brief Introduction and Refrigerator.


Author: Colin Cremin

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1780992297

Category: Political Science

Page: 98

View: 7726

Our relationship to consumption is not an easy one. Apart from being self-centred, superficial and narcissistic, the consumer is held responsible for global warming, poverty and now, by binging on easy credit, economic crisis. A straw man has many uses, including being part of the solution by reducing carbon footprints, consuming more ethically and tightening the proverbial belt. iCommunism defends the consumer against the prevailing politics of austerity. It splits the fetish from the commodity fetish by taking the shine away from the commodity now signified in the ubiquitous i of i branded products and transfers it over to communism. With ideology once again alive on the streets of Europe, iCommunism reimagines Herbert Marcuse 1960s artistic critique of capitalism s repressive performance principle for today s consumer society. Capitalism promised us shiny things but only communism can deliver them in a different, more liberating, universal and sustainable form.

Creating Citizens

Author: Kelly D. Alley

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817319077

Category: Education

Page: 193

View: 5253

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Ecologies of Guilt in Environmental Rhetorics

Author: Tim Jensen

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030056511

Category: Social Science

Page: 161

View: 4654

Environmental rhetorics have expanded awareness of mass extinction, climate change, and pervasive pollution, yet failed to generate collective action that adequately addresses such pressing matters. This book contends that the anemic response to ecological upheaval is due, in part, to an inability to navigate novel forms of environmental guilt. Combining affect theory with rhetorical analysis to examine a range of texts and media, Ecologies of Guilt in Environmental Rhetorics positions guilt as a keystone emotion for contemporary environmental communication, and explores how it is provoked, perpetuated, and framed through everyday discourse. In revealing the need for emotional literacies that productively engage our complicity in global ecological harm, the book looks to a future where guilt—and its symbiotic relationships with anger, shame, and grief—is shaped in tune with the ecologies that sustain us.