Are we doing enough?
Are you concerned about the state of our planet and hope that governments and corporations will find a sustainable way for us to live? If you do not think about it too hard, that may work, but will it? Left on their own, with drivers of popularity and profits, I am not too convinced that it will.
The missing part of this equation is you and me. Individuals who believe that corporations and governments can do better. Individuals who believe that through action, we can buy a bit more time to develop and implement solutions to our critical issues.
Did I hear a groan out there when you read the word ‘actions’? Do not worry! Most of the actions that I am referring to will not only help save the planet, but will benefit you right away through saving money, time, better health, and having a happier life in general.
Sustainability goes beyond controlling our consumption and pollution. There are key social, political, and economic areas that need to be addressed as well, and there are several steps that individuals can take to help in these areas.
For those of you who feel we could do more, this book is for you and is loaded with actionable activities, the reasons for doing them, and explores why we are not doing them already.
Every journey starts with a first step. Hopefully, this book will lead to those first sustainable steps and that will change the world.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
An engaging and motivational exploration of what individuals can do, to save the planet through sustainable living. Written in an easy to read, informal style, this is not a dry textbook read. It’s an engaging aide memoir that highlights the issues, consequences, and most importantly ways everyone can ‘do their bit’, towards sustainability.
The sustainability issues caused by; entitlement, dissociation, consumption, climate change, commerce atmosphere, corporations, government, social stability are explored. Their relevance to sustainability is discussed in the introductory chapters, in an easy to understand way, using relevant examples. The main point made is, a sustainable planet is a sum of addressing the above issues. Concentrating on one, or two of the problems, like climate change, whilst not addressing consumption and dissociation, will not lead to a viable solution.
Technical terms are explained well, and there is a good balance of text and statistics. The ways individuals can help sustainability is dealt with in detail, covering items like mobile phones, textiles and personal hygiene. How we use these products is discussed, and their effects on the environment demonstrated. The importance of modifying ‘the what’s in it for me’ mantra, humanity currently lives by, is explored in detail, with interesting examples and ideas.
Food has its chapter, exploring what we consume, and how this impacts on us, and the environment, with pertinent facts and examples. The way we live in terms of our homes and the appliances we have within them also has a chapter, as do the other issues highlighted above.
The book is both interesting and motivational. What resonates is the feeling that the smallest change we make, will have a positive impact on the planet’s future, and those generations that follow us.
Ken Kroes is the author of the Percipience Eco-Fiction Series and the non-fiction books, Feasible Planet and Feasible Living. He is passionate about our relationship with our planet and applies his diverse background which includes agriculture, mechanical engineering and information systems into his writing. Born in Calgary, Canada he has bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has had the pleasure of living in many locations in North America and has travelled extensively.
He can be reached at Ken@feasibleplanet.com