Thursday, December 3, 2009

On My Bookshelf: Clean Energy Common Sense

It’s no joke, I like to read. A lot. In fact, my birthday gift this year was a Kindle – partially because it’s green, partially because it’s cool, but mostly because I’ve run out of room on the bookshelves in my house.

One of my recent reads is a little book on current affairs and the environment by Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):

First, about NRDC: NRDC is an environmental action group whose mission is “to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.” No small task! This organization has been doing good work since 1970 and is popular and influential today: How I Met Your Mother’s Marshall Erikson’s dream job is to be a lawyer for NRDC.

The book itself is inspired by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and includes a foreword by Robert Redford (yes, that Robert Redford). It’s a quick read – at only 106 pages, I was able to get through it in two sittings.

What I really liked about this book is that it truly lays out the arguments for combating climate change in a clean, clear, no-nonsense manner. Anyone who reads this book will understand Beineke’s arguments: written simply and without a lot of jargon or extraneous information.
The book is written for any number of audiences: from those who question whether climate change is real to those who are the greenest greenies.

For me, the part that resonated most was the section on carbon cap & trade (part of Chapter 4: A Blueprint for Change). This section takes a complicated subject with all kinds of market and political aspects and makes it very understandable – extremely helpful for those who do not spend their days studying carbon trading, emissions, global politics, manufacturing, and/or the global free market.

The Epilogue calls for each reader to “do something”: contact your Senators and Representatives, write a letter to the editor of your favorite newspaper or magazine, or start a dialogue with your contacts. I’m hoping that this post gets you thinking about the environment and what you can do, whether it’s read the book, research the issues, or change your behaviors and urge others to do the same!


Anonymous said...

Thought readers of this might also enjoy reading the final report from 'Sustainable Cleveland 2019: Building an Economic Engine to Empower a Green City on a Blue Lake':

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