I have heard Dr. Tara Shine speak on a couple of occasions and I've been really struck by her incredible positivity and drive so I was delighted to get her new book 'How to Save your Planet One Object at a Time'. I absolutely love the cover design, it has that cute nostalgic feel to it, evoking home maker books of old. The contents are perfectly modern though, and the introduction outlines perfectly Tara's inspiring energy and optimism.
Rob is the founder of the Transition Movement and he has seen the possibilities, both in terms of imagination and in practicality, in his own town of Totnes in the UK. I have been feeling for quite some time that the narrative that surrounds us all the time, that everything, including human motivation, is centred around economics, is inherently false. I don't believe that what drives people is money and acquisition, but if we are fed that message all the time, then people do begin to doubt the possibility of changing to a better society where the well-being of all is a priority.
I've been gardening for a long time, and as I mentioned in a previous post, I volunteered in our local Camphill Community organic garden for some time, so I have learnt a lot over the years. However, there are always new things to learn! Gardening has become a massive business, and whilst it is wonderful that people are out in their gardens, it really isn't necessary to head out and spend loads of money on garden products that are just going to create more waste. This book has lots of brilliant tips on using things that you already have at home - for example, DIY seed tape and a wine bottle watering can. There's advice on growing from seed and harvesting seed at the end of the season, as well as some cool garden projects that you can make like a wine bottle pathway and garden art. Again, it is one that you can easily dip in and out of as you need and it has lots of helpful pictures and lists. Suitable for beginner up to any stage really.
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