2009 publication. A primer and how-to book on environmental/ social activism. US context, I.e. many organizations and NGOs mentioned exist only in the US. Interspersed with case studies of people in their 20s who are active/ successful environment/ social-related volunteerism/ activism, businesses.

Written primarily for people in their 20s, though it’s equally relevant for anyone interested.

Appeals to those motivated to do something good for people other than themselves. The pointers are pragmatic and grounded, and covers enough ground as an introduction. But may be insufficient for those who are already aware of the broad strokes and require depth. Could also appear as simplistic at first reading for some parts, e.g. “get help from celebrities” but I think as a primer it’s enough.

Ratings on the impact/ expected commitment on time, cost, lifestyle.

Covers areas like material goods, personal hygiene, food, water usage, energy usage, travel, ideas for environmental advocacy.

Green America “21 things you didn’t know you can recycle”.

Most plastics do not biodegrade but photodegrade (need sunlight to do so). And when degraded they only become smaller pieces and may still enter our food and water systems.

On “decoding plastics”: the different grades of plastics, their toxicity to humans, their recyclability. Plastics are numbered:
1-2: recyclable, like PET and HDPE plastics used for bottled drinks, soap bottles. But not for repeated use, as they have been shown to leach chemicals after repeated washing or heating.

3: non-recyclable; vinyl or PVC; potentially hazardous as they leach lead and plasticizers.

4 -5: recyclable; plastics used for food storage and wraps. Safe for repeated use.

6: polystyrene or styrofoam. Potentially recyclable but not yet practical to do so (too light weight). Leaches a carcinogen, styrene, as it breaks down.

7: anything that isn’t graded from 1 to 6 is put under this category. Contains both recyclable (e.g. Plant or Corn-based plastics; polylactide) and non-recyclable/ non-biodegradable plastics (polycarbonate)

On how to launch a campaign on our own:
– research
– Messenging
– partnership
– communications
– build media relations
– help from celebrities

A section on why global warming should matter to you.
Carbon footprint calculator. See EarthLab, carbonfund.org
Reducing waterprints (rate of using potable water, and also indirect usage of producing the goods we consume).

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