Here is the review and an excerpt from a new - and apparently interesting book which, I believe, makes the reduction of our carbon footprint easier than we imagined!
Although it's based on British everyday life, it can be an excellent and perfectly comprehensible guide for every one of us to follow. Enjoy and ACT!


Fancy making yourself slimmer and fitter?
Not your body, for once we’ll leave that alone, but your carbon footprint. In other words, the amount of carbon dioxide that all the different aspects of your lifestyle, from the amount of energy you use in the home to the way you get to work, contribute to the greenhouse gases that are causing global warming.

Then try *The Low Carbon Diet. The chart below is an extract from a new book by Polly Ghazi and Rachel Lewis that shows how to adopt a programme that will shave kilos off your carbon emissions. CO2 accounts for 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in industrialised countries, and the average person in the UK emits 10 tonnes (or 10,000kg) of CO2 a year, which would fill one-and-a-half Olympic-size swimming pools.

Follow the advice in this book and you could cut this in half. Ghazi says: “If everyone in the UK halved their carbon footprint, we would reduce the total UK’s CO2 emissions by enough to meet the Government's target for 2010, and that's without any help from industry.”

Most people know that the more energy you generate in the home, the greater amount of fossil fuels are burnt in power stations, which increases the amount of CO2 (measured in kilograms) emitted. Hopefully knowing the scale of our emissions will help us to reduce them. Discover that running a tumble dryer twice a week instead of four times will save 156kg of CO2 over a year, and perhaps we’ll think twice before sending our clothes for a spin. Especially when you add on the water used, something not accounted for by the book as it assesses only environmental damage caused by CO2. And there’s another bonus to becoming carbon-fit. Imagine life as a green enthusiast: leaping on a bike, digging the
garden. Wouldn’t that sort out your wobbly bits too?