As some of you must have noticed by now, I have been reading books from Random House a lot in the last few months. I just wanted to bring your attention to a new book coming in October. It is called Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning by George Monbiot. I am not a very vocal speaker on the subject, but I am always trying to do my part for the better of the environment. Deanna, the blogger responsible for My Tragic Right Hip, is very big on this subject. She also works for Random House, and sent me this list compiled by the author of this new book. The list is as follows:
How You Can Stop the Planet From Burning
Ten Tips by George Monbiot
Author of Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning
1. Cut your flights. Nothing else you do causes so much climate change in so short a time.
2. Think hard before you pick up your car keys. On average, 40% of the journeys made by car could be made by other means - on foot, by bicycle or on public transport.
3. Organise a "walking bus" to take the children to school.
4. Ask your boss to devise a "workplace travel plan" which rewards people for leaving their cars at home.
5. Switch over to a supplier of renewable electricity. You don't have to erect your own wind turbine, but you can buy your power from someone who has.
6. Ask a builder to give you an estimate for bringing your home up to R2000 standards.
7. Ditch your air conditioner.
8. Turn down your thermostat: 18 degrees is as warm as your house ever needs to be. You just have to get used to it.
9. Make sure every bulb in your house is a compact fluorescent or LED.
10. Do NOT buy a plasma TV: they use 5 times as much energy as other models.
I know that some people believe that global warming is a hoax, while some people just pretend it all away. But, even if you don't believe in it, what harm can these ten simple things do.
Anyways, the new book comes out October 17, 2006. I have it on order, because I think it sounds like an interesting book! For more information, visit this link:
Also, be sure and check back in here in October for my thoughts on this book! Maybe it sounds silly, but people are always looking for ways to make a difference, maybe this book will be just what you are looking for.