A recent trend in green living is to downsize one’s dwelling. If this is something you have been considering, did you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a twelve foot by twelve foot cabin? If so, check out Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream. The author lived alone in a friend’s twelve-by-twelve cabin for forty days, detailing the time he spent there and reflecting on previous life experiences. Thoughtfully written, this story engages readers and gives them a glimpse into what this small-scale life might be like.
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Best Green Careers by Learning Express
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Are you interested in learning about green careers, or considering changing from your current career to pursue a green career? If so then check out Best Green Careers. This book contains information ranging from a brief history of the environmental movement to government policy and incentives. You will also find information on the various "green industries," how/where to begin your green education, and even tips for writing your resume and going on job interviews.
If you want to grow your own produce, whether for health or financial reasons, or simply for your own personal interest, check out Brett Markham's new book, Mini Farming. Brett illustrates that you don't need acres of land to be able to grow your own fresh organic produce. Markham shares his knowledge of and experience with intensive agriculture, raised beds, and maintaining healthy soil to help the reader realize that though it can be hard work, growing your own food can be extremely beneficial and rewarding. With chapters on composting, selecting and saving seeds, and raising chickens (one chapter provides information on raising chickens for eggs, another provides information on raising chickens for meat), Mini Farming covers a range of useful topics.
Green Guide Families: the complete reference for eco-friendly parents by Catherine Zandonella
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If you want to work towards being an eco-friendly parent then National Geographic’s Green Guide Families is a great place to start. You might think buying organic produce is too expensive, but this book provides many tips for ways to buy organically on a budget. Not sure whether using cloth or disposable diapers are better for the environment? The debate is settled in chapter six. Making use of any of the tips or strategies in this book is one step towards becoming a much greener and eco-friendly family.
Ever wondered what a kid can do to do save the planet? Well, True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can do Save the Planet has 100 different projects, activities and actions any kid can do to help preserve the environment. If you have an MP3 player, cell phone or any toy that uses batteries then you can make use of thing number 8; use rechargeable batteries! They may cost more but they can be reused thousands of times. When you don’t dispose of regular batteries correctly, the heavy metals from them can soak into the ground and pollute water supplies. If you like crafts then things 81-90 are for you! They offer all different ways you can be creative and green; like making art out of found objects or using natural elements in your masterpieces. If you’re ready to be an activist for the Earth then come in the Library and grab, True Green Kids and soon you’ll be greening up your room, shopping habits, school and even vacations!