Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Green Living: Hope Beneath Our Feet, book review

This week's Green Living post is a partial book review of Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World. The book addresses the question: "In a time of environmental crisis, how can we live right now?" answered by a variety of authors, professors and such through short essays, commencement speeches, etc.  The husband bought me this book this past Christmas as a new Christmas tradition of giving a book to his wife and daughter each year. We've been reading the book aloud to each other and I'll admit we have not read very much, but we have read is very inspiring and uplifting.  For example, the essay "Love the Things We Love" by Larry Santoyo offers a positive perspective and approach to how we address environmental change.  Essentially he believes we should start from a basis of love rather than fear. If we are able to define what we love about nature ie: organically grown produce, listening to birds sing, then we can take tangible steps to preserve these things, bringing them into our lives more consistently.  And to piggy back on that idea- by addressing something that seems more tangible and small, it will have a ripple effect throughout the environment, since ecosystems are structured like a web, each piece touches and affects another.

So in closing, I recommend this book!

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