What can one person do?

Whether you live in Europe or Asia, a city or village, whether you work for a big corporation or freelance from home, whether you are younger or older, richer or poorer, we hope to have some useful ideas for you here. And we’ll stick to suggestions that will work in the real world, not in the green utopia where some environmental writers seem to live.

Many worthy authors don’t seem to realize how much we have to think about: daycare, our company’s plans to relocate, finding a date, doing our taxes. They bombard us with statistics and indigestible lists of advice, and mix good practical suggestions with completely nutty ideas (try this: ‘Write small so you use less paper.’). They think we have endless time and money to devote to the cause.

But between figuring out how to afford a new suit and find time to go to the gym, or deal with all the challenges of our COVID-19 and climate shifting world, we want to know where our choices can have the most impact. And we want environmental thinking to contribute to a sense of well-being and balance in our lives – not to unhinge us altogether!

Green living is simply 21st-century living, a way of going about our lives in a sustainable way. It isn’t a hobby, or a part-time job, but a perspective that will bring a myriad of positive changes in the world we live in.

The introduction above comes from Karen Christensen’s 2000 Eco Living, published in the UK by Piatkus Books. The material here comes from Karen’s other books, too, and from developing material for a new book, The Cool Planet Guide.