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Future Money Breakdown or Breakthrough by James Robertson

Future Money

Future Money

 

As everyone knows money is generally an issue for almost everyone one in the world. Whether they have too much or more often to little. There is a reason the saying “Money is the root of all evil”exists, because it can definitely be. Money rules the world and more importantly greed. Money effects people in all sorts of ways and has the ability to control even the strongest of people.
The book Future Money by James Robertson explains how money works and the effects it has on the world even the physical effects it has. Future Money details some interesting concepts about monetary systems and the world around it. You can pick up Future Money and other similar books at Chelsea Green Publishing
Description: Future Money explains in plain language and convincing detail how money is now working to propel us toward the self-destruction of our species – and what we should do about it. Of course, money is not itself the problem, but in the way it works at present, it affects us as a diseased blood or brain system affects a living person.
The world’s financial experts and leaders in politics, government and business, and most mainstream academic and media commentators have shown in the past few years that they are not yet able or willing to diagnose and treat the problem.
The book clearly shows how the money system works, how it could be reformed so that it acts to the benefit of people and society rather than the opposite, and describes the obstacles that currently prevent a reform of the money system.

Exposed

Exposed

Exposed

 

 

I really like reading books like Exposed:The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power. I feel like most people take everyday stuff for granted and they just assume their actions aren’t effecting what goes on in the world. This however is completely wrong! I try to explain this to many of my friends, family memebers and even co-workers in hopes that they will see the error of their ways but they usually end up thinking I am some hippie nut. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I think everyone should have to read books like Exposed so they can fully understand the impact their actions have golobally. Everyone should be educated about their purchases and products so they can fully understand the world they participate in.

Description: Thanks to the successful lobbying efforts of the U.S. chemical industry, Americans are being exposed to an array of environmental and health hazards—including rising rates of infertility, endocrine system disruptions, neurological disorders, and cancer—from which many others around the world are being protected.

In Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power, award-winning investigative journalist Mark Schapiro reveals how products on American shelves are increasingly being linked with serious health hazards—hazards, like Bisphenol A (BPA) and plastic softening phthalates, that the European Union is leading the rest of the world in legislating out of existence.

Schapiro takes the reader inside the global power shift that has gone almost wholly unreported in the United States, exposing not only the health and environmental consequences of this shift, but its implications for the American economy. He demonstrates how the environmental progress underway in Europe is prompting innovation and enabling their firms to beat American companies in the global competition for markets—markets that are becoming increasingly sensitive to environmental and health concerns.

As the Obama administration considers options for reform, Schapiro also demonstrates that what’s already happening in the world’s largest single market may suggest a route out of America’s long-lasting, and dangerous, status quo.

The Green Self-Build Book

The Green Self-Build Book

 

 

It is important for home owners to understand what they can do to their homes to make them more cost effective and energy efficient. Many people don’t live in new houses or may not have the means to completely updated their home to be as green as possible. The Green Self-Build Book helps homeowners out with some great ideas you can do yourself to be greener and more cost-effective for you.

Description:The Green Self-Build Book is a highly illustrated, practical handbook on eco-friendly building for homeowners.
Whether you want a turf roof, solar-powered hot water, a straw bale home, or a super-insulated (and cost-efficient) house, you need to know the essential elements of the process. In The Green Self-Build Book, Jon Broome gives an overview of the different methods of sustainable and eco-friendly construction techniques for non-professionals.

The Green Self-Build Book gives inspiration and information to guide you through the green building process. It is intended for anyone who is planning a do-it-yourself project, and for housing professionals, students, and teachers.

Connected Wisdom

Connected Wisdom

Connected Wisdom Illustrates the inter-connectedness we as a world share. Every action effects your surrounding environment accordingly. This concept may be difficult for children to grasp but Connect Wisdom defines the meaning of a Living System perfectly for everyone in terms that can be come a “fairytale” of positive sorts for generations to come.
Everyone agrees that to create responsible and aware adults the lessons must come from childhood where these ideas can be cemented in to a child’s impressionability before they have time to be negatively influenced by outside efforts. This may sound almost like brain washing but if you think about the fairy tales that you remember as a child most of them had little to no relevance to real life other than wait patiently for prince charming to come save you. You grow up being delusional even if you know better somewhere deep down you wish for Prince Charming right? In the case of Connected Wisdom a child can know deep down what is right so as children and then adults they can make good decisions regarding their environments for current and future generations.

About Connected Wisdom:
Living Stories About Living Systems gathers twelve stories from different cultures that each reveal a unique example of a “living system.” Through them, Linda Booth Sweeney shows that what we now call systems thinking has been around for a very long time.

A Balinese folktale tells the story of a gecko who cannot sleep because of the sparks from a firefly. He traces the cause of his complaint from one animal to another to the mosquitoes he depends on for his survival. Like this gecko, young readers will understand that all life is inter-related, and will be able to grasp the concept of the living system of “interdependence.” In a Burmese folktale, a king spills a drop of honey on his windowsill, too little to bother cleaning up. Yet the drop draws a fly, which attracts a lizard, which is followed by a cat, then a dog, and the owners of the cat and the dog, each armed with a stick. When civil war erupts, the king and readers understand the living system of “linearity,” in which an effect is disproportionate to its cause.
Says Sweeney, “If kids understand living systems, they’re more likely to think and act in informed ways and less likely to jump to blame a single cause for the challenges they encounter. As kids appreciate and learn about living systems, they see that connections in nature, people, problems and events bind us all.”

Simple Food for the Good Life

Simple Food for the Good Life
Simple Food for the Good Life

Its never to late to learn new ways to live your life healthier and greener! There are individuals out there who have been living the sustainable life for decades and the mass is only just catching on. Simple Food for the Good Life shows you it is possible! People have lead the good life for much longer than we realize and it isn’t as impossible as some of us like to pretend it is. Simple Food for the Good Life illustrates how our obsession with over commodities which are so incredibly unnecessary. We could all benefit from buying less stuff which later makes less stuff! Read up and learn more about Simple Food for the Good Life

About Simple Food for the Good Life:
Fifty years before the phrase “simple living” became fashionable, Helen and Scott Nearing were living their celebrated “Good Life” on homesteads first in Vermont, then in Maine. All the way to their ninth decades, the Nearings grew their own food, built their own buildings, and fought an eloquent combat against the silliness of America’s infatuation with consumer goods and refined foods. They also wrote or co-wrote more than thirty books, many of which are now being brought back into print by the Good Life Center and Chelsea Green.
Simple Food for the Good Life is a jovial collection of “quips, quotes, and one-of-a-kind recipes meant to amuse and intrigue all of those who find themselves in the kitchen, willingly or otherwise.” Recipes such as Horse Chow, Scott’s Emulsion, Crusty Carrot Croakers, Raw Beet Borscht, Creamy Blueberry Soup, and Super Salad for a Crowd should improve the mood as well as whet the appetite of any guest.
Here is an antidote for the whole foods enthusiast who is “fed up” with the anxieties and drudgeries of preparing fancy meals with stylish, expensive, hard-to-find ingredients. This celebration of salads, leftovers, raw foods, and homegrown fruits and vegetables takes the straightest imaginable route from their stem or vine to your table.
“The funniest, crankiest, most ambivalent cookbook you’ll ever read,” said Food & Wine magazine. “This is more than a mere cookbook,” said Health Science magazine: “It belongs to the category of classics, destined to be remembered through the ages.”
Among Helen Nearing’s numerous books is Chelsea Green’s Loving and Leaving the Good Life, a memoir of her fifty-year marriage to Scott Nearing and the story of Scott’s deliberate death at the age of one hundred. Helen and Scott Nearing’s final homestead in Harborside, Maine, has been established in perpetuity as an educational progam under the name of The Good Life Center.

Ecovillages

Ecovillages
Ecovillages

I would sooo love to do this! Live in an entirely sustainable and environmentally conscious village where everyone holds the same respect for our environment as I do. What a dream it would be. Ecovillagesis a brief investigation into Ecovillages, how they work and what previous knowledge and experiences have been used to form the utopian-like community of eco-awesomeness. Using the past to form your future isn’t always a bad idea as long as you use it to move forward and not hold you back. A large part of why many eco-solutions don’t work on a large scale is peoples abhorrence to progress and their dependence on the past to keep them going. The past is the past for a reason, not because of time but because of innovation. Ecovillages are the wave of the future. They may be small in size now but fingers crossed eco-innovations will entice the masses to do the right thing and respect our world as much as they respect their money.

Product Info:
In the last twenty years ecovillages—local communities which aim to minimise their ecological impact but maximise human wellbeing and happiness—have been springing up all over the world. They incorporate a wealth of radical ideas and approaches which can be traced back to Schumacher, Gandhi, the 1960s, and the alternative education movement. This Briefing describes the history and potential of the ecovillage movement, including the evolution of the Global Ecovillage Network and the current developments in both North and South.

The threads that are brought together in Ecovillages include:

•Learning from the best elements in traditional and indigenous cultures
•Alternative economy: community banks and currencies, and voluntary simplicity
•Designing with nature: using permaculture design, eco-building, small-scale energy generation, waste-management, low-impact transport systems, etc
•Organic, locally-based food production and processing
•Reviving small-scale participatory governance, conflict facilitation & social inclusion as well as reviving active inter-generational community
•Creating a culture of peace, and holistic, whole person education
In an age of diminishing oil supplies, the Briefing examines the lessons that we can learn from ecovillages about how to live in a more ecologically sound and sustainable way.

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The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy


The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy

I constantly say that we have to be educated properly to solve any problems. We have to know what evils we are fighting and accurate knowledge is the best tool we can have by our side to gain success. In the book The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy
you learn about real issues our world is facing and are given active-learning exercises to help you as the reader develop the skills to recognize and hopefully solve these issues. The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy is different in that way because many books just give you facts or opinions on how that particular author or group of authors would solve the issue. Here you one your own learn how to come to a conclusion with the skills you have gained.

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Responding to the threats of climate change, peak oil, resource deletion, economic uncertainty and energy insecurity demands the utmost in creativity, ingenuity, and new ways of thinking in order to reinvent self and society. In The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy, leading sustainability educators are joined by permaculturists, literary critics, ecologists, artists, journalists, engineers, mathematicians, and philosophers in examining the skills needed in the twenty-first century. Among the many skills, attributes, and values described in this volume are values reflection, coping with complexity, permaculture design, transition skills, advertising awareness, effortless action, and ecological intelligence, each accompanied by ideas for active-learning exercises to help develop the skill. Far from being a rigid or definitive statement of the “one right way,” however, the handbook is exploratory, aiming to open up new, unthought-of paths, possibilities, and choices. It is intended primarily for educators across the spectrum from higher education to informal education, but is also suitable for learners themselves and anyone interested in the literally “vital” issue of the skills we need to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century and build a more sustainable future. Contributors include John Naish, Satish Kumar, Patrick Whitefield, John Blewitt, Stephan Harding, and Stephen Sterling.

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Diary of an Eco-Outlaw


Diary of an Eco-Outlaw

This is what I want to be when I grow up! Not many people have the guts to do this kind of work but it sure does stand out. Civil disobedience isn’t always the best measure but it is much better than being an eco-terrorist which is never the way to go. Corporations run our world and most do not have our worlds safety in mind only their $’s safety. People like Diane Wilson saw injustice and took it upon herself to make changes. We need more women and humans in general in this world that are willing to go this far for those of us who won’t.

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Diane Wilson is an activist, shrimper, and all around hell-raiser whose first book, An Unreasonable Woman, told of her battle to save her bay in Seadrift, Texas. Back then, she was an accidental activist who worked with whistleblowers, organized protests, and eventually sunk her own boat to stop the plastic-manufacturing giant Formosa from releasing dangerous chemicals into water she shrimped in, grew up on, and loved.

But, it turns out, the fight against Formosa was just the beginning. In Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, Diane writes about what happened as she began to fight injustice not just in Seadrift, but around the world—taking on Union Carbide for its failure to compensate those injured in the Bhopal disaster, cofounding the women’s antiwar group Code Pink to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, attempting a citizens arrest of Dick Cheney, famously covering herself with fake oil and demanding the arrest of then BP CEO Tony Hayward as he testified before Congress, and otherwise becoming a world-class activist against corporate injustice, war, and environmental crimes.

As George Bernard Shaw once said, “all progress depends on unreasonable women.” And in the Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, the eminently unreasonable Wilson delivers a no-holds-barred account of how she—a fourth-generation shrimper, former boat captain, and mother of five—took a turn at midlife, unable to stand by quietly as she witnessed abuses of people and the environment. Since then, she has launched legislative campaigns, demonstrations, and hunger strikes—and generally gotten herself in all manner of trouble.

All worth it, says Wilson. Jailed more than 50 times for civil disobedience, Wilson has stood up for environmental justice, and peace, around the world—a fact that has earned her many kudos from environmentalists and peace activists alike, and that has forced progress where progress was hard to come by.

The Chelsea Green Guides

 

The Chelsea Green Guides–6 Pack Set

The Chelsea Green Guides–6 Pack Set
of books that will benefit your green lifestyle immensely. Each book “greens up” a different aspect of your life ie. your home, your office, your bank account, and your activities. You can learn simple ways to be more conscious in all areas and hopefully improve the quality of our environment not only in your personal space but in your community as well.
The Chelsea Green Guidesis the perfect gift for a new “greenie” or even better a disbeliever to prove to them how being educated about changing our habits can improve our environment greatly.

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Biking to Work

A complete guide for making biking to work a safe reality for the beginning bike commuter. For those who live within biking distance to work, this book offers simple safety, bike-buying, gear-buying, and basic maintenance tips, as well as ways to best plan your route to and from the office. By biking to work, you can improve your physical and mental health, save money, avoid creating pollution, and contribute to friendlier cities. In the face of rush-hour traffic, biking is often faster than driving, too!

Greening Your Office: From Cupboard to Corporation: an A-Z Guide

An A-to-Z guide for offices of all sizes, from energy use and better supply purchases to recycling and reusing materials, plus summaries of a range of renewable energy options, commuting techniques, and more. These tips help your workplace save money while reducing environmental impacts, and can boost employee morale in the process. Your choices for coffee, computer monitors, furniture, invoices, lighting, paper, stamps, and hundreds of other items can add up to a better world.

Composting: An easy Household Guide

Everything you need to know about composting, from the different containers available, to what to put in them, to how to use the results. Includes an A-Z directory of how to compost everything from ash to weeds; plus expert advice on how to compost in small spaces, bins, and wormeries, and getting your community involved.

Energy: Use Less — Save More

100 energy saving tips for everything in your home or business. Includes suggestions on heating and cooling, lighting, cooking, appliances and much more. Also provides an overview on renewable energy options.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household Guide

This easy to use guide has the answers to all your recycling questions. Use its A-Z listing of everyday household items to see how you can recycle most of your unwanted things, do your bit for the planet, and maybe make a bit of money while you’re at it.

Water: Use Less — Save More

100 simple and effective tips for saving water, inside and outdoors of your home or business. Packed with practical ideas for your kitchen, bath, landscaping, and water using chores.

Energy Free


Energy Free

From: Chelsea Green Publishing

I know there are plenty of books out there that explain how to save energy at home but what if you could make your house use no more energy than it needs to produce. We hear this word “zero-energy” but do we really know what it means or how we can attain it? Energy Free details how we can get to “zero-energy” and stay that way.

Product Description:

Energy Free is designed to equip building professionals and homeowners alike with a toolkit for creating homes that use no more energy than they produce—this means homes that are free from the vagaries of energy-price fluctuations and that help to free society of the high political and environmental costs of fossil fuels.
Individuals and institutions have been working toward “zero-energy” homes for decades. This volume is the first record of those collective efforts, distilling their experience into a practical and comprehensive how-to guide. The author includes resource information and step-by-step guidance on how to make decisions that will yield an energy-free residential project, whether a single-family home or multifamily building, new or existing, in an urban or a rural setting. The unique needs and opportunities of each context are addressed.
Energy Freeoffers a wide array of resource information, including detailed window and insulation comparisons; assessments of the relative contribution of different building elements; and overall performance. It draws on research and empirical data from myriad sources, including the Department of Energy’s Building America program; Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s House of the Future; Passiv Haus Institute in Europe and the Passive House Institute of the U.S.; Florida Solar Energy Center; Living Building Challenge; Affordable Comfort, Inc.’s, Thousand Home Challenge; and many pioneering individual home projects across North America.

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