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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day--Let's Go Green!

Warning: Generalization ahead! Doesn't it always seem like we Americans wait until the last possible moment before we take an interest in what is good for the environment?

I hope that this sudden interest, a result of the rising gas prices, food shortages, etc., continues. Remember back to the oil embargo days of the 70's when we waited in line for gas? After that, there were many efforts to explore alternative energy sources. What happened? Gas became plentiful again and we stopped caring. Can we sustain an interest this time around? Let's hope so--this time the stakes are too high to ignore.

So, let's look at some available library materials that deal with going green:

Berthold-Bond, Annie. The Green Kitchen Handbook: Practical Advice, References, and Sources for Transforming the Center of Your Home into a Healthful, Livable Place. [613.2 BER]

Brown, Lester R. Plan B: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. [333.7 BRO] This book was recently updated as Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, and is available to download as a PDF from the Earth Policy Institute. There's a lot of other interesting things to look at on the site, too!

David, Laurie. Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You! [363.738 DAV]

Ewing, Rex A. Power with Nature: Solar and Wind Energy Demystified. [621.47 EWI]

Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth. [363.7 GRE]

MacEachern, Diane. Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World. [333.72 MAC].

Monbiot, George. Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. [363.73874 MON]

Motavalli, Jim. Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future. [629.2293 MON]

Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Easter's Manifesto. [613 POL]

Residential Green Building Guide: A Web Source Book for New England. [690.837 RES]

Rogers, Elizabeth. The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time. [333.72 ROG]

Who Killed the Electric Car? [DVD 629.2293 WHO]

Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st. Century. [333.7 WOR]

Here in Windham, the Windham Independent is running a "Green" issue later this week. Make sure you pick up a copy!

There is also a group that is working on environmental issues here in town, Go Green Windham, they have a website that will be functional shortly gogreenwindham.org, so check it out in a day or two!

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