Bill McKibben has long been an environmental author, beginning with his acclaimed The End of Nature in 1989. But it’s been within the last decade that he’s taken on the uncomfortable role (for him) of activist and spokesperson on behalf of Earth. The organization he leads, 350.org, has become a burgeoning movement taking on the fossil-fuel industry.
Thanks Hollister for sending along a great link recommending several good books for the new year. The website, Simple Organic – Green Living for Real Families, offers a list of 12 worthy books – a little something for everyone from tips for raising a baby in an eco-friendly way, to backyard gardening, to keeping a house clean with green cleansers, to theological musings on creation care. Be sure to check out “12 Green Living Books For Your 2012 Reading List.” … Another book on my list is from the National Council of Churches, God’s Earth is Sacred – Essays on Eco-Justice.
Getting off the consumer bandwagon is hard! I’ve been working at it for about a half dozen years now and while I truly love a “less is more” approach to life it’s challenging at times to not go along with popular assumptions about “wanting more.” I recently picked up a copy of Juliet Schor’s latest book, Plentitude – The new economics of true wealth, to explore how I might deepen my commitment to a less material oriented lifestyle.
Try out one “seven-day” practice each month, stay current with eco-news, and find support with others who are endeavoring to live more lightly and lovingly on the Earth. This autumn we’ll pick three practices, explore them individually on our own timetable, and check in with each other during a conference call each month to share and appreciate one another’s insights and good works!
Have you heard about the Ecological Footprint? It’s a measuring tool that has been developed to estimate the area of land and ocean required to support our consumption of food, goods, services, housing, and energy and assimilate our waste. It’s currently projected that humanity is overshooting the Earth’s capacity by 50%. In other words, to sustain present levels of consumption, we would need: 1.50 earths.