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52 Weeks to Change your WorldPosted: 18 May 2004
by by Allan Shepherd and Caroline Oakley
Centre for Alternative Technology, 2004, �4.99 + �1.95 postage and packing
A new pocket-sized book, 52 Weeks to Change your World, will be launched by The Centre for Alternative Technology the day after the UK's release of Hollywood's big summer blockbuster, The Day After Tomorrow.
The movie is the first response from Hollywood to the threat of global climate change and depicts the start of a new ice-age that sees New York engulfed by a tidal wave and then covered in snow.
The UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, recently emphasised the urgency of the issue earlier this year by asserting that climate change is the single most important long-term issue that we face as a global community.
52 Weeks to Change Your World shows how we can all help to prevent the nightmare scenario portrayed in the film by making a number of small changes to our lives.
The book seeks to tackle global warming by providing the reader, week-by-week through a whole year, with 52 practical steps for sustainable living. It starts off with easy tasks such as switching to green electricity, buying organic chocolate and recycling domestic waste, to the tougher challenges of ditching the wheels and setting up an eco-business.
Co-authors, Allan Shepherd and Caroline Oakley, believe the book will be a great antidote to the film: "We've produced a positive book that gives people a programme of achievable targets to do something about global climate change. People usually think of sacrifice when they think of doing things for the environment, but all the ideas in 52 Weeks to Change your World will make our day-to-day lives better."
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