Almost Green: How I Built an Eco-Shed, Ditched My SUV, by James Glave

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By James Glave

One man's irreverent and hilarious chronicle of his formidable yet clumsy efforts to tread calmly at the planet.

In nearly eco-friendly, James Glave demonstrates that the adventure alongside the trail to a greener lifestyles isn't really constantly effortless yet is usually hilarious and regularly enlightening. Glave -- a author and stay-at-home dad -- describes his stories development a eco-friendly writing studio within the entrance backyard of his domestic on Bowen Island, British Columbia, a not-so-green paradise the place suvs nonetheless outnumber compost packing containers. whereas dealing with the numerous frustrations and small victories of this project, Glave additionally dabbles in grassroots local activism. He visits a very eco-friendly kin dwelling within the concrete jungle of the town and makes a decision he needs to divest himself of his hulking suv, so generously given to him by way of his partner's father, with no offending his benefactor.

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Because of civilization, almost 1,400 square miles of land per year are converted to desert, more than twice the rate from thirty years ago (and essentially infinitely more than the rate before civilization). In about twenty years, twothirds of the arable land in Africa will be gone, as well as one-third in Asia and one-fifth in South America. Even the capitalist press acknowledges, “Technology can make the problem worse. In parts of Australia, irrigation systems are pumping up salty water and slowly poisoning farms.

54 And of course dead zones are not even the greatest threat to the oceans. Far greater is deep-sea trawling. ”55 Industrial civilization is killing the land. It is killing the water. Endgame_v2_text_20060322:Layout 1 552 8/5/09 8:07 AM Page 552 endgame, volume ii: resistance It would be a mistake to think this culture clearcuts only forests. It clearcuts our psyches as well. It would be a mistake to think it dams only rivers. We ourselves are dammed (and damned) by it as well. It would be a mistake to think it creates dead zones only in the ocean.

He has been nicknamed the High Priest of Outrage because corporations hire him to dissipate public anger, to put people back to sleep. ’”58 He developed a five point program for corporations to disable public rage. Endgame_v2_text_20060322:Layout 1 identification 8/5/09 8:07 AM Page 553 553 First, convince the public that they are participating in the destructive processes themselves, that the risks are not externally imposed. You asked for it by wearing those clothes, says the rapist. You drive a car, too, says the PR guru.

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