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Seven wonders : everyday things for a healthier planet
Ryan, John C., 1932-
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 98 pages ; 22 cm
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GE350 .R93 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The high-consumption American way of life create enormous damage to the Earth's fragile ecosystem. Focusing on seven everyday things - the bicycle, the condom, the ceiling fan, the clothesline, pad thai, the public library and the ladybug - author John Ryan demonstrates how taking surprisingly simple steps can lead to a dramatically more sustainable future for our crowded and complex planet.

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School Library Journal Review

-Ryan discusses seven things he believes will help create a sustainable future: bicycles, public libraries, ladybugs, condoms, pad thai, clotheslines, and ceiling fans. In most cases, the chosen wonder represents a lifestyle choice rather than a solitary object. For instance, pad thai is emblematic of a vegetarian diet, which requires fewer natural resources than a diet high in animal protein. Ladybugs are only one element of successful organic farming. Libraries help save trees because many people can share copies of one book. The author's explanations of his choices are interesting and well documented, and include sources and statistical information. The essays are short, lively, and convincing. Ryan obviously has a lot of faith that people are willing to make choices and changes in order to help the planet. Best of all, the ideas are simple enough for anyone to carry out.-Susan Salpini, Purcellville Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prologue: The Dalai Lama vs. Baywatchp. 3
The Bicyclep. 9
The Condomp. 19
The Ceiling Fanp. 27
The Clotheslinep. 35
Pad Thaip. 43
The Public Libraryp. 53
The Ladybugp. 61
Appendix James Bond vs. Superheroesp. 69
Sourcesp. 77