World Changing: A User's Guide to the 21st Century

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I'm in the midst of reading World Changing: A User's Guide to the 21st Century, edited by Alex Steffen (Abrams, 2006). It's a compendium of ideas, techniques, tools, business plans and political actions that can help bring the world back on course for a green and sustainable future. The range of methods and ideas for change is vast, but many are doable on a personal level.

Information is from a variety of sources and is organized in brief sections that 1) describe a problem, for example, how the choice you make in tee shirts can affect workers, resource use, soil health, air pollution, and power generation; 2) list various current and future solutions; 3) explain how to incorporate those solutions on a personal, local, and global level.

I'm only about half way through the book, but there are so many links to check out that I thought I'd give you them in two steps. I'll give you one list of links now, and provide another list when I've completed the book.

  • Ideal bite, a sassier shade of green provides green living tips, eco-friendly and ecologically sustainable lifestyle information
  • Seed Savers Exchange, Sharing and saving heirloom seed
  • Green Car Congress, news and topics related to sustainable mobility, very complete
  • Make, plans for all sorts of projects to craft yourself. A magazine, a blog, a forum, a store—all filled with ingenious and inventive ideas for a more sustainable world
  • Wikipedia's Amy Smith, a summary of her engineering ideas for developing countries. She's a teacher at MIT's D-Lab.
  • Find Solar, where you can find your local solar energy potential and the incentives you might be able to take advantage of if you go solar

There will be more links later. In the meantime, I urge you to consider actually reading the book, since a few selected links barely scratch the surface.


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