Award-winning food and environmental writer Paul Greenberg offers 50 achievable steps we can take to live our daily lives in a way that's friendlier to the planet—from food and travel choices to political action.
Greenberg’s writing is clear and concise. Each section starts with easy tips, like keeping your lids on your pots to conserve energy, then wades into bigger, trickier concepts, like the morality and impact of having children ... The book treads the line of too simple, especially in the political section, where Greenberg advises being precise in your requests to local politicians but doesn’t say how ... But generally the snippets show the data-backed good side of sustainability, the kind of change that can unkink your shoulders ... The biggest failing of The Climate Diet is the diet part, which is neither an appealing framework nor, truly, what the book is about ... We’re not focusing enough on how good a post-carbon economy could be or talking about the implications of not changing our ways. Greenberg outlines this but he does so quietly, and I think there’s value in saying it loud, right from the title page.
... an accessible pocket guide to the climate-focused lifestyle and reducing one’s carbon footprint ... the author drives home a salient point: Whatever the role of governments in curtailing carbon use, it’s up to each citizen to make their own sensible choices. Those who do so are well positioned to lobby for action on the policy level. Not all of Greenberg’s suggestions will appeal ... Still, the author provides a quick and timely read that covers a lot of ground and will help get America thinking as a new presidential administration moves in with climate change as a core concern. A solid manifesto for the climate-focused life.
... [an] accessible and practical guide ... Readers can also invest in community solar projects and replace old appliances with more efficient ones. Though not especially earth-shattering, Greenberg’s recommendations are straightforward, and his conviction will inspire ... Those who are eager to do their part to fight climate change but are unsure where to start would do well to pick this up