Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Carbon Neutral by 2020. How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Carbon Neutral by 2020. How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change

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Review: Carbon Neutral by 2020. How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change Niki Harré and Quentin D. Atkinson (Eds.) Reviewed by Taciano L. Milfont Victoria University of Wellington & Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, New Zealand Harré, Niki and Atkinson, Quentin D. (Eds.) Carbon Neutral by 2020. How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change. Wellington, New Zealand: Craig Potton Publishing, 2007. 310pp. ISBN 978- 1-877333-69-9. NZ$35.00, paper.

The inconsistencies between New Zealand's clean green image and its low sustainability practices are addressed in Carbon Neutral by 2020. How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change, edited by psychologists Niki Harré and Quentin D. Atkinson. The book heeds the Prime Minister's call to New Zealand to be carbon neutral.

Carbon Neutral by 2020 prompts discussion on the timely and topical issue of climate change, and was written by 25 contributors from a variety of backgrounds (e.g., psychologists, lawyers, architects, environmental educators, and entrepreneurs). The book is divided into 16 chapters, besides the appendices and index, with each chapter devoted to a specific theme related to climate change, including housing, food production, design, transport, technology, legislation, business, and political activism.

A very remarkable feature of the book is the way in which each chapter opens with the author's perception of the current situation, their vision for 2020, and strategies to achieve that vision. This approach not only assists with the organization of the chapters, but also helps the reader to visualize practical alternatives for addressing issues on climate change.

Another important characteristic of the book is the way in which it deliberately highlights the pioneering nature that characterizes much of New Zealand society. New Zealanders are challenged to draw on this aspect of their national psyche to tackle carbon neutrality. …

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