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The Economical Environmentalist


The Economical Environmentalist: my attempt to live a low-carbon life and what it cost
By Prashant Vaze

About this book
Reducing your carbon emissions in an economic down-turn can be challenging, but saving the planet doesn't have to cost you more. Tough economic times need not relegate concerns for the planet to the back burner.

The author is an environmental economist trying to live a low-carbon life in London. He worked for 15 years in the UK's Office of Climate Change, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and the Department of the Environment. So far so good. But he has kids. A family to visit in India. A hectic job. In distilling and building on his own experience of trying to live a low carbon life, he helps us navigate the choices that confront us all – families, singletons, pensioners – when making decisions about what to eat, what to buy, how to travel and how to keep warm in the era of climate change and economic turmoil. He works out the sums and lets us know which choices will make the biggest difference, and which are false savings.

His book is an irreverent but seriously rigorous reference guide to low-cost, low-carbon living for everyone – in any location – in tough times. It's brimming with up-to-date information on current and future technologies, tips and ideas for every budget on how to spend the least for the biggest carbon reduction gain and insight from the experiences of people trying to live low-carbon lives.

Review quotes
"We need to cut our emissions here in the UK by 40% in the next ten years. This will be very challenging. But it is feasible, affordable, and far from undermining our quality of life could actually enhance it. In this excellent book, Prashant Vaze provides us with a very practical assessment of what needs to be done. He successfully bridges the gap between high level analysis and everyday living. He shows that there are many opportunities for each of us to make our contribution to tackling dangerous climate change and building a green economy."—David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change.

"Those of us resolving to lead a lower-carbon life in 2010 could do worse than acquire a copy of Prashant Vaze's new book, The Economical Environmentalist, in which the author picks over the fine details of his life [working out] how much carbon dioxide he could save by driving more slowly, installing loft insulation or becoming a vegetarian. The result ... is delightfully geeky and has the virtue of being right more often than not."—The Financial Times

About the author
Prashant Vaze is the chief economist at Consumer Focus, UK. Previously he spent 15 years in the UK's Office of Climate Change, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and the Department of the Environment.

This book costs £14.99. Send an enquiry for details on how to purchase this book.


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