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The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest ProblemsVan Jones
Provocative, personal, and inspirational, The Green Collar Economy is not a dire warning but rather a substantive and viable plan for solving the biggest issues facing the country¬?the failing economy and our devastated environment. From a distance, it appears that these two problems are separate, but when we look closer, the connection becomes unmistakable.

In The Green Collar Economy, acclaimed activist and political advisor Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment. The economy is built on and powered almost exclusively by oil, natural gas, and coal¬?all fast-diminishing nonrenewable resources. As supplies disappear, the price of energy climbs and nearly everything becomes more expensive. With costs and unemployment soaring, the economy stalls. Not only that, when we burn these fuels, the greenhouse gases they create overheat the atmosphere. As the headlines make clear, total climate chaos looms over us. The bottom line: we cannot continue with business as usual. We cannot drill and burn our way out of these dual dilemmas.

Instead, Van Jones illustrates how we can invent and invest our way out of the pollution-based grey economy and into the healthy new green economy. Built by a broad coalition deeply rooted in the lives and struggles of ordinary people, this path has the practical benefit of both cutting energy prices and generating enough work to pull the U.S. economy out of its present death spiral.

Rachel Carson's 1963 landmark book Silent Spring was the pivotal ecological examination of the last century. Now, rising above the impenetrable debate over the environment and the economy, Van Jones's The Green Collar Economy delivers a timely and essential call to action for this new century.

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Siobhan Live Green Team Award

Siobhan Live Green Team AwardKathy Hoopmann
Australian author Kathy Hoopmann, who lives in Dubai, and Donna Acheson-Juillet, a Canadian artist, have produced a children¬?s picture book, Omar¬?s Goats, written to encourage environmental awareness in children. Omar is a goat herder who is so tired of the pollution he sees daily that he gets the local wildlife to help him clean it up. The illustrations visually emphasize the seriousness of the problem faced in the desert today. As the story unfolds, and the rubbish is slowly cleared away, children delight as the true untarnished beauty of the land is revealed. Omar¬?s Goats has recently been released in English and in Arabic by Jerboa Books here in Dubai.

To complement the message in Omar¬?s Goats, Kathy and Donna have also written a teacher¬?s handbook which gives factual information about environmental issues and includes classroom activity suggestions, a section encouraging parents to get involved, plus photocopiable activity sheets for the students. This too is available in English and Arabic.
 
 
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household Guide

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household GuideNicky Scott
The Chelsea Green Guides ¬? A new series of pocket-sized books to help save the earth!

Do you know what to do with your old cell phone? Where you can responsibly dispose of old medicines? What happens to the stuff you recycle? This easy-to-use guide has answers to all your recycling questions. Its A-Z listing of everyday household items shows you how to recycle most of your unwanted things, do your bit for the planet, and maybe make a little money at the same time. With a comprehensive resources section and information on how to get more involved, this is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to stop the Earth from going to waste. Also available:

WATER: USE LESS¬?SAVE MORE
ENERGY: USE LESS¬?SAVE MORE
COMPOSTING: AN EASY HOUSEHOLD GUIDE

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The Recycler's Handbook: Simple Things You Can Do

The Recycler's Handbook: Simple Things You Can DoEarthWorks Group
This book is concise guide to many aspects of recycling. It begins with examining the basic questions of what is recycling and why should we recycle. The introductory section also includes some ideas about sorting and storing items for recycling. The main part of the text elaborates on different materials that can be recycled, proceeding generally from the most valuable and most recyclable to the least recyclable (i.e. from metals, to glass, to paper, plastics and hazardous waste). The final section of the book presents ideas about how to organize recycling programs for such organizations as businesses, schools, or large apartment blocks. At the end of the book come listings of recycling organizations and an index.

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McGraw-Hill Recycling Handbook, 2nd Edition

McGraw-Hill Recycling Handbook, 2nd EditionHerbert Lund
Answers to hundreds of complex questions on developing a successful recycling program
Providing a bridge between recycling experts and the officials charged with developing and running recycling programs and operations, this practical reference offers an overview of recycling, including the current laws that govern recycling, the strategic goals of recycling programs, and the need to boost public awareness of the value of recycling.
The handbook examines a wide range of recyclable materials--from papers, plastics, and cans to construction and demolition materials and household wastes. For each material, it discusses collection and separation procedures, costs, the potential for re-use, the projected market, and problems and solutions. Numerous illustations highlight the technology used in creating an integrated system of waste management.

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Green House: Eco-Friendly Disposal and Recycling at Home

Green House: Eco-Friendly Disposal and Recycling at HomeNorm Crampton
Consumers may already recycle newspapers and aluminum cans. But what about the containers that have both plastic and cardboard components? Should we really toss water bottle caps? Scratched CDs? Computers? Cell Phones? Green House: Eco-Friendly Disposal and Recycling at Home is an A to Z guide to disposing and recycling all varieties of common household trash, from broken appliances to spent smoke detectors to pet waste. Crampton provides informative, comprehensive and practical information for adopting greener and more earth friendly habits of disposal by promoting recycling and living a little lighter.

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