This book is the non-profit online magazine Grist’s venture into print a compact, fast-paced manual on “greening your day.” Grist has been a distinctive voice on the environmentalist scene, providing usable and down-to-earth news and notes in an irreverent and humorous style.
This style carries to this book. They know everyone has their own daily routine, each step involving a variety of choices, conscious or unconscious. Real and lasting change, they argue, starts with that routine. Editors Brangien Davis and Katherine Wroth highlight activities as mundane as walking the dog in the morning. We’re all familiar with dog owners following their dogs with a poop bag—yet most of that ends up in landfills, when it’s just as easy to use a biodegradable and flushable bag. Wake Up and Smell the Planet is one of my go-to living green books on green living from the ground up.