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The Economical Environmentalist: My Attempt to Live a Low-Carbon Life and What it Costs

Handbook / Manual

By: Prashant Vaze

350 pages, Figs, tabs


Paperback | Oct 2009 | #180871 | ISBN-13: 9781844078080
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Hardback | Oct 2009 | #180872 | ISBN-13: 9781844078073
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About this book

The economy is imploding: it's impossible for first time buyers to get on the housing ladder, jobs are vanishing faster than high street banks and the price of home heating and organic muesli has shot up. But saving the planet doesn't have to cost the world, neither do tough economic times need to relegate concerns for the planet to the back burner.

In this book, Prashant Vaze, an environmental economist, distils and builds on his experience of trying to live a low carbon life in London. In doing so he helps navigate the choices that confront us all when making decisions about what to eat, how to travel and how to keep warm in the era of climate change and economic turmoil. The book is an irreverent but rigorous reference guide to low-cost, low-carbon living for everyone in tough times. Readers are taken through the choices of three real people who are trying to decarbonize on a budget: a twenty-something starting out in work, a father with two school children holding down a hectic job and a pensioner on a fixed income. It's brimming with up to date information on current and future technologies, tips and ideas for every budget for how to spend the least for the biggest carbon reduction gain and insight from the experiences of people trying to live a low carbon life.

Ultimately the goal is to help all of us, regardless of means or background, maintain our environmental commitment and lower our carbon footprints while saving money in the face of hard economic times.


1. Introduction
2. The Economic and Environmental Challenges
3. From Field to Fork - Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Eating
4. Getting from A to B - Reducing Emissions from Travel
5. Keeping your Home Warm
6. Our Friends Electric
7. Waste Not, Want Not
8. Travel and Leisure
9. Carbon-offsetting, Communities and Social Change

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Prashant Vaze is an environmental economist and former policy maker. He worked for 15 years in the Office of Climate Change, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and the Department of the Environment.

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