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The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide
This is a book for all of us who are making a concerted effort to live as if we intended to stay – one planet living – respecting that the earth has limits and we need to live within them. One positive action is to ditch gas and embrace electric.

The Big Switch – to electric
The climate emergency, says Saul Griffith, is not a drill. We have to radically reduce fossil emissions. The key is electrifying everything using renewables. Optimistic, anti-doomer and practical. 

Earthshot: How to save our planet
As Prince William, founder of The Earthshot Prize, said, ‘The Earth is at a tipping point. We need to lead, innovate, and part of a decade of action to repair the Earth.’
The Earthshot concept is simple: Urgency + Optimism = Action. We need the world’s best solutions and one shared goal – to repair the damage done to Mother Earth. 

Earth Detox: How and why we must clean up our planet
Our emitted chemicals do not magically disappear, as many people assume – or as the petrochemical industry prefers us to believe. Julian Cribb writes: the universal pollution of the Planet has mounted, year by year, almost unnoticed because it is invisible, and humans prefer to trust their eyes over their other senses, including common sense. But one form is highly visible – plastic – 400 million tonnes of new plastic a year

Patternation Eco-City for kids 
Inspired by the practice of sustainable urban design, Patternation Eco-City introduces children to sustainability in a fun and engaging way. With 16 different Eco-City template patterns, kids construct their own green city layout by arranging tiles on the magnetic display board.

Your Home: Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homes
Leaky houses
40% of winter heat goes out the window; 87% of summer heat comes in the same way, notes Geoff Ebbs (AG, # 167 2022). These numbers reflect the poor house designs and inadequate building code standards in Australia.  All dwellings – houses and apartments – need to be built to 8 or 10 star design standards.  This will mean double glazed windows as the norm. Northerly glazing to capture winter sun and eave width to exclude summer sun – all by design, at no additional expense. 

MMM … Issue 29, May 2022