Being the Change
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276 Pages
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Life on 1/10th the fossil fuels turns out to be awesome


  • The author holds a Ph.D in physics from Columbia and is a climate scientist at NASA
  • The author and his family reduced their climate impact to under a tenth of the US average while living a normal suburban existence, becoming happier in the process.
  • Being the Change is a thought-provoking synthesis of cutting edge science, spiritual awareness, and detailed, practical knowledge.
  • THE NYT bestseller, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein touches on similar points as Being the Change but Klein fails to offer practical and empowering solutions to global warming
  • The author aims to show that burning fossil fuels should be seen as socially unacceptable.
  • The author suggests that the biggest threat to our ability to curb climate change is not overpopulation or corporatocracy but our mindsets

Life on 1/10th the fossil fuels turns out to be awesome.

We all want to be happy. Yet as we consume ever more in a frantic bid for happiness, global warming worsens.

Alarmed by drastic changes now occurring in the Earth's climate systems, the author, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes. Ultimately, he slashed his climate impact to under a tenth of the US average and became happier in the process.

Being the Change explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament. It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming.

Part one exposes our interconnected predicament: overpopulation, global warming, industrial agriculture, growth-addicted economics, a sold-out political system, and a mindset of separation from nature. It also includes a readable but authoritative overview of climate science. Part two offers a response at once obvious and unprecedented: mindfully opting out of this broken system and aligning our daily lives with the biosphere.

The core message is deeply optimistic: living without fossil fuels is not only possible, it can be better.

Peter Kalmus is an atmospheric scientist at Caltech / Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. He lives in suburban Altadena, California with his wife and two children on 1/10th the fossil fuels of the average American. Peter speaks purely on his own behalf, not on behalf of NASA or Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


Preface

Part I: Predicament
1. Waking Up
2. Beyond Green
3. Global Warming: The Science
4. Global Warming: The Outlook
5. Growth Always Ends
6. Our Mindset

Part II: A Mammal in the Biosphere
7. Trailheads into the Wilderness
8. Like to Bike
9. Leaving Fossil Fuel
10. Slow Travel
11. Meditation, a Foundation of Change
12. Reconnecting with Mother Earth
13. Opting Out of a Broken System
14. Collective Action
15. Community
16. Love

Notes
Index
About the Author
About New Society Publishers

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Published 01 August 2017
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EAN13 9781771422437
Language English
Document size 2 MB

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