The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
On Sale: September 1, 2009
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A guilty liberal finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes
organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and
generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save
the polar bears and the rest of the planet from
environmental catastrophe while dragging his baby daughter
and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons–loving wife along for the
ride. And that’s just the beginning. Bill McKibben meets
Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one man’s
decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the
grid for one year—while still living in New York City—to see
if it’s possible to make no net impact on the environment.
In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no
elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no
air-conditioning, no television . . .
it be like to try to live a no-impact lifestyle? Is it
possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more
satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it
worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or can our
culture reduce the barriers to sustainable living so it
becomes as easy as falling off a log? These are the
questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavor, via which
Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can
realistically live a more “eco-effective” and by turns more
content life in an age of inconvenient truths.
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