The Climate Diet
How You Can Cut Carbon, Cut Costs and Save the Planet
"There is much to recommend about this book. It's chief virtue lies in its approach. The diet analogy should work with students and the use of data tables opens up a wealth of ideas for education. Getting students involved in this sort of work could actually make the difference the author seeks." -- Big Pond
"Understanding that global warming is real and must be dealt with is a critical first step, but this does not fix the problem. The Climate Diet is filled with practical advice on what to do next - how to reduce the climate change our children will have to endure, and how, in many cases, to save money while doing so."
-- Michael MacCracken, Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute, Washington D.C.
"Here’s a diet that will leave us not grouchy and wanting, but happier, a little richer, and on a sweeter planet!" -- Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature
"In order to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more. In order to save our planet, we need to consume less and conserve more. The Climate Diet is a sensible, inspiring prescription for cutting back on our materialistic lifestyles and restoring planetary health." -- J. Matthew Sleeth, M.D., author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action
We live in a world of excess. We consume too much of everything—food, clothes, cars, bricks and mortar. Our bingeing is often so extreme that it threatens our own health and well being. And we are not the only ones who are getting sick.
The Earth—which provides the food, air, water and land that sustains us—is also under severe pressure. Gluttonous consumption of nature's trans-fats—carbon-based fossil fuels, deforestation and unsustainable resource use—is disrupting the global temperature-regulating machine that mother nature has carefully maintained for millions of years. Try as she may to keep from running a fever, the environmental reengineering wrought by six billion people, like a force of nature, is warming our world. At some point, something just has to give. We either take steps to put our personal lifestyles and planetary systems back into balance or we suffer the consequences.
So, what does any unhealthy overweight person do when the doctor tells him or her that they are eating themselves into an early grave? Go on a diet!
The Climate Diet offers an optimistic, easy to understand and engaging message. It has never been easier for families to cut back on their use of fossil fuels and protect the climate all while saving money. By using the familiar language of weight loss, The Climate Diet explains climate change concepts, problems and solutions in ways that anyone can easily understand. Following a five-step climate diet plan, families will be able to count their carbon calories, learn how to reduce them and aim for one of four different levels of achievement: Participant, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each of which can be tailored to fit almost any lifestyle.
This is the must-have guide to the most important diet ever. If we all participate, the greenhouse gas emissions bulge can be beaten, leaving us with a slim healthy planet now and for the future.
About the Author
Dr. Jonathan Harrington is an associate professor of international relations at Troy University. An experienced teacher and expert on environmental politics and policy, Jonathan has been educating students and the public about environmental issues for more than 15 years. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on environment and development related topics. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Dr. Harrington has spent many years living and working in East Asia and has travelled to more than 35 countries. He has hosted, organized and spoken at international conferences in Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United States.
His most recent book, The Climate Diet (Earthscan 2008), presents a compelling case for the proposition that global warming is in our back yard, is a clear and present danger and will bring even greater suffering to our families, communities and world if we do not take action now. Drawing from his own personal experiences, both at home and overseas, he directly confronts tough questions about how this problem came about and what we can do to overcome it. He offers an optimistic, easy to understand and engaging message; that individuals, organizations and communities can empower themselves to decrease their impact on the climate (and save money). His love for nature and overriding concern about the future of all the “backyards” that he has lived in over the years; Shanghai, London, Hyderabad, Taipei, Tokyo, Honolulu, and Utah among others, are vividly expressed in his book. Jonathan lives with his wife and daughter in the Seattle area.
The Climate Diet: Cool Strategies for a Warming World * Nine Good Reasons To Go On A Climate Diet * Going for the Gold: The Nuts and Volts of Climate Dieting Success * Getting your House in Order * Climate Smart Shopping * Hit the Road the Climate-Wise Way * Community Strategies for a Better
160 pp., 6 3/4" x 8 15/16", April 2008
Published by Earthscan Publications Ltd.