Urgency and optimism: Sustainability recent picks

Sustainability Recent Picks

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The recent addition of Wellington City Council’s household battery recycling trial has got us thinking about our sustainability goals for 2022. Below, you’ll find a curated reading list covering the environmental crisis (and what we can do about it), theories about creating a post-carbon society, community composting and recycling based family craft activities. Some of these items are on order, so they aren’t on the shelf yet, BUT you can reserve them through the catalogue today and be one of the first to read them!

Earthshot : how to save our planet / Butfield, Colin
“The Earthshot concept is simple: Urgency + Optimism = Action. We have ten years to turn the tide on the environmental crisis, but we need the world’s best solutions and one shared goal – to save our planet. It’s not too late, but we need collective action now. The Earthshots are unifying, ambitious goals for our planet which, if achieved by 2030, will improve life for all of us, for the rest of life on Earth, and for generations to come.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Finding sustainability : the personal and professional journey of a plastic bag manufacturer / Romer, Trent A
“What if the foundation of your family business were threatened by something out of your control? What if the livelihood of 70 employees and their families were at stake, as the license to operate your business became called into question? What if 57 years of family history, grown through generations of hard work and sacrifice, were at risk of being lost? What if the reasons were actually one with which you fundamentally agreed? Journey to 8 states, 3 national parks and 3 countries to experience the life-changing education and adventures that led Trent A. Romer to finding sustainability for his plastic bag manufacturing business and himself.”–Page 4 of cover.” (Catalogue)

Sustainable Garden: Projects, tips and advice for the eco-friendly gardener / Boswall, Marian
“A stylish, inspirational and practical guidebook to creating and maintaining a more environmentally friendly outdoor space.” (Catalogue)

Energy transition and economic situation : food, transportation and education in a post-carbon society
“Is this the end of the world as we know it? Will the winding down of fossil-fuel consumption lead to radical changes in our lives? Or can we turn away from the climate crisis cliff while the industrial economy just keeps growing? Renewable energy sources have powered civilizations for nearly all of history and must do so again. But usable energy will become a more precious resource, as it was before our brief, explosive binge on the most easily accessible fossil fuels. In coming years we will have to recognize when “enough is enough.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Sustainable Kitchen: Projects, tips and advice to shop, cook and eat in a more eco-conscious way (Sustainable Living Series) / Moore, Sadhbh
“A positive, practical handbook on how to shop, cook and eat in the most important room in the home. Founders of the Sustainable Food Story, Abi and Sadhbh, have put together tips and step-by-step projects on how to adapt your kitchen habits to a more eco-friendly way of life.” (Catalogue)

Cardboard creations for kids : 50 fun and inventive crafts using recycled materials / Ho, Kathryn
“Eco-friendly cardboard crafts to make and play with”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Community-Scale Composting Systems: A Comprehensive Practical Guide For Closing The Food System Loop And Solving Our Waste Crisis / Mcsweeney,James
“Composting at scales large enough to capture and recycle the organic wastes of a given community, whether a school, neighborhood, or even a small city, is coming of age, propelled by a growing awareness not only of our food waste crisis, but also the need to restore natural fertility in our soils.” (Catalogue)

Buy Better Consume Less: Create Real Environmental Change / Conway-Wood, Sian
“How to spot greenwashing, stop consuming and demand a more sustainable future. Climate change is now a mainstream conversation topic, and yet every week our recycling piles are still overflowing and we’re faced with a steady stream of brands trying to persuade us to buy their eco-friendly products in our quest to live sustainably.” (Catalogue)

Is your compost a load of old rot?

The recent composting seminars held at Newtown and Central libraries were a big hit with many of our customers! The seminars looked at the micro-organism style of composting known as Bokashi in New Zealand. The speakers gave a great presentation on the science behind Bokashi, and how to use it at home for getting rid of unwanted food scraps.

For more information, click the images below to  check out the slides from the seminars! Please note these files are quite big, at over 2MB each.

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