Suzuki's Green Guide

By David R. Boyd; David Suzuki | Go to book overview

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Citizen Green

The strongest force on earth is not an army
or a police force or a government or a corporation—
it is ourselves, awakened to the dangers we face
and the possibilities we are creating. We are everywhere.

ALEX STEFFEN

In addition to your role as an ecologically informed consumer, you have an important role to play as a citizen. Urgent political action—at all levels of government—is necessary to achieve a sustainable future. Innovative pro-environment policies should make it easier for people and businesses to do the right thing and harder, if not impossible, to do the wrong thing. Governments will only implement strong environmental policies if pushed, pulled, and prodded by the public. That means you.

Two Nobel Peace Prize winners offer powerful inspiration to individuals seeking to act on their environmental values. Wangari Maathai, the first environmental advocate and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, epitomizes everything about being a green citizen. In the late 1970s, Maathai resigned from the University of Nairobi, where she was the first female professor, to found the Greenbelt movement. By planting more than 30 million trees, the Greenbelt movement

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • 1 - Help Wanted- Join the Sustainability Revolution 1
  • 2 - Home Smart Home 24
  • 3 - Food for Thought- Eating a Planet-Friendly Diet 52
  • 4 - Travelling Light 81
  • 5 - Less Stuff- The Zero Waste Challenge 106
  • 6 - Citizen Green 128
  • 7 - Smaller Footprint, Bigger Smile 157
  • Appendix- Background on the Global Environmental Crisis 168
  • Resources 178
  • Index 191
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