With COP26 having just taken place, there couldn’t be a better time for this book.  Neil Kitching has written Carbon Choices, a comprehensive and detailed book looking at climate and natures crises and the solutions that need to take place before it’s too late…..

Title: Carbon Choices
Author: Neil Kitching
Genre: Non-fiction
Estimated page count: 322
Formats available: Paperback and eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

An accessible guide to our climate crisis. “I greatly look forward to reading it”, Sir David Attenborough. Carbon Choices will help you to understand climate change and nature loss and provides common-sense solutions before COP26, the global climate conference to be held in Glasgow.

I am a Scottish geographer, ex-accountant and now work as an Energy and Water Specialist. I am not a scientist or academic, but I am backed by many academics, businesses and climate change experts.

Section 1 introduces carbon dioxide, climate change and the destruction of nature. It summarises the impacts of climate change and how we have created an environmental crisis.

Section 2 introduces ten building blocks that are needed to lay the foundations to enable us to make better choices for the planet.

Section 3 introduces five principles to guide individual consumers, businesses and governments.

I apply these principles to our everyday lives – our diets, homes, travel, shopping and leisure. By doing so we can rewild nature, improve our society, be healthier, happier and lead more fulfilled lives. The future can be better. The book concludes with a green action plan and a vegan recipe.

A summary and testimonials are available at www.carbonchoices.uk. I am donating one third of profits to rewilding projects.

 

my thoughts

If I’m honest before reading this I can’t say that I knew much about the crises the world is facing.  Obviously I know we’re not in a good place, and that if things don’t change the world, if it’s still around, will be very different for future generations.  Carbon Choices is a fantastic book that took me through, in detail, the problems that we face and suggested the solutions that are needed to make a difference.

The fact that it not only discusses the effects climate change has on the earth, but also to wildlife was extremely interesting and covered so much I’ve never considered before.  The book encourages us as individuals to make changes as much as we can, from encouraging children to connect with nature, to being conscious of our energy and water use at home, to the things we eat and drink.  Obviously as a vegan I”m keen on people cutting back on meat and dairy, and this isn’t pushy in the book, but encourages small changes.

Neil reiterates that there are lots of minor changes that need to be made, as well as some big ones to make a difference; and that it’s not just about short term changes but ultimately about the long term.  He encourages us to think about the sort of place we’d want our grandchildren and their children etc to live in.

The book discusses five common sense principles that will enable better decisions to be made for climate and nature; and not only for individuals, but for businesses and organisations too.  It highlights the many problems that the earth faces and suggests the solutions that are needed to tackle the problems, in the short and long terms.  It looks at so many difference aspects of life from home and our energy consumption, food and drink, transport and tourism, to consumerism and waste, and more.

If, like me, you’re not completely aware of the challenges the earth faces then this will most definitely open your eyes and get your thinking.  As a vegan I’m conscious about my impact on animals, and also do try to do my bit with recycling, public transport, using organisations that are carbon neutral etc, but this just proved to me that there is so much more I can do; so much more we can ALL do.  At times, some of this went a little over my head but this is only because lots of it is new to me.  However, this is certainly a great book and worth a read.  It’s definitely opened my eyes and will keep me thinking for a long time to come.  Recommended by me.

Thanks so much to Neil for my copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Enjoy the rest of your day lovelies.

Chelle x

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