Monday, September 11, 2006

Book Review: A Good Life, Leo Hickman

The best book I have found on Eco-Living is "A Good Life" by Leo Hickman. Before I read it I was worried it might just be a rehash of his UK Guardian columns, which can be a little wishy-washy. Fortunately it is a book in its own right, weighing in at a hefty 300 pages, brimming with facts, dilemmas and opinions.

The biggest chapter is on food, not surprising as this is the single biggest environmental issue we face - and one of the most complex. Hickman argues his way through the various issues: organic verses local, meat, what makes fair trade fair etc. Further chapters cover home & garden, waste, energy, toxic materials, transport, family issues - everything from contraception to funerals.

If you want to learn ways to reduce your ecological footprint, or want a reference on personal environmental and ethical issues, I cannot recommend this book more.



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