The Inkslinger has written about environmental issues for over 20 years and is a freelance writer for some of America's most iconoclastic companies and non-profits. His true loves include nature, music of the Americana/rock and roll variety, interior design, books, old things, good stories, pagan rituals, and his wife of 24 years, with whom he lives in an undisclosed chemical-free rural Vermont location along with his teenage daughter and two infinitely hilarious Australian shepherds!
It's been said that when we each do a little to make a difference it adds up to a lot. That's essentially true but not quite. To make the kind of difference that needs to be made, we each need to do a lot of a little, and that's what will add up to the kind of sum total the world is looking for. This is good news because when it comes to the things that the average person can do to build a sustainable future, most of us don't have the position or resources to engineer the big changes. Instead, influence comes in the form of personal choices and behaviors. And those are (mostly) all "little things." If you're wondering what these little things might be or want to find out what more you can be doing or are simply looking to spread the gospel to the unconverted this Earth Day, you're not going to do better than the new book by green guru Mindy Pennybacker, Do One Green Thing. As its subtitle suggests, it's a guide to "saving the Earth through simple, everyday choices," and as such it's filled with hundreds of crucial little things we can and should be doing. Open it up and you'll find lots of enviro-facts, loads of green advice, and tons of eco-tips for all facets of life offered in a nice open and accessible layout whose easy-reading style makes it fun to digest and leaves us with no excuse not to. Check it out. It's a pretty nifty book. If everyone did everything in it, we might not solve all our problems, but I bet we'd get darn close.