The Better World Handbook by Jones et al.

Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, and Brett Johnson with Brian Klocke. The Better World Handbook: From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2001. Paperback, xii + 287 pp.

We know how difficult it can be to translate one’s good intentions into good actions. Often we simply do not know how to proceed, given all our other obligations. This excellent book puts an end to all excuses by showing the busiest reader who cares about the state of the world what he or she can do to make a practical difference.

This volume is organized into three sections: (1) Building a Better World; (2) The Seven Foundations of a Better World; (3) Actions for a Better World. Systematically the authors go over all the excuses that people tend to have for not taking action and then outline the various practical steps anyone can take to help create a positive change in the world. They also review the main challenges confronting us today and what viable alternative solutions are available, with appropriate examples of what people are already doing.

The bulk of the book is made up of Section 3, which has 13 chapters covering every conceivable aspect of a person’s life—from handling one’s finances, shopping, food production and consumption, personal well-being, and community to work, home, media, politics, transportation, and travel. Many of the authors’ numerous suggestions do not require a great deal of time to implement, and given our present crisis situation every little bit counts.

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