BE­ING THE CHANGE: LIVE WELL AND SPARK A CLI­MATE REV­O­LU­TION

North & South - - Review -

PETER KALMUS (NEWSOUTH BOOKS, $47.99) If you’re keen to re­duce your per­sonal im­pact on a warm­ing world, this is a worth­while read. Cal­i­for­nian cli­mate sci­en­tist Peter Kalmus demon­strates it’s pos­si­ble to sub­stan­tially re­duce fos­sil fuel use and, although it means change, a low-emis­sions life can be more re­ward­ing. He gives clear in­for­ma­tion and ideas on trans­port, travel, en­ergy, food and con­sumer goods, as well more chal­leng­ing di­rec­tions, such as com­post­ing your own “hu­ma­nure”, and “dump­ster div­ing” for su­per­mar­ket dis­cards. I’ll skip those for now – but I like that Kalmus doesn’t shy away from the un­com­fort­able. For ex­am­ple, “hour for hour, the quick­est way a nor­mal hu­man can warm the planet is by fly­ing on a com­mer­cial plane”.

JIM ROBIN­SON

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