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Suzuki's Green Guide

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Product name: Suzuki’s Green Guide

Reviewer: Kate Arneman

Author: David Suzuki and David R. Boyd

Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Price: $29.95

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5

The indefatigable environmentalist and scientist David Suzuki has, in his 73 years, written 43 books. Here, he has collaborated with environmental lawyer and author David R Boyd on a handbook for reducing your individual ecological footprint.

There’s nothing groundbreaking or unexpected for those with some eco-literacy, but Suzuki’s Green Guide (clearly capitalising on the Canadian’s household name status) is a comprehensive resource aimed at the general reader. At under 200 pages, it’s also impressively succinct.

The tone is very upbeat and can-do, emphasising that becoming greener can enrich your life through saving you money, improving your health and increasing your happiness. Priority is given to changing behaviours around housing, food and transport, which account for 80 per cent of an individual’s contribution to climate change, air and water pollution and loss of biodiversity.

In addition to chapters on these three key topics, there is a section on “The Green Citizen”, which looks at advocacy, consumer boycotts, involvement in community groups and volunteering.

The content of this edition has been “Australianised”, that is, figures and examples have been made relevant to Australia as well as North America. It seems that some chapters have been adapted more thoroughly than others, though, and there is the odd slightly jarring reference to “faucets” and deer in your vegie patch, but these are minor criticisms of what is otherwise an excellent book.

Printed on FSC-certified paper.

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