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47 THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT by Lexi Petronis

47 THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

By Lexi Petronis

Age Range: 11 - 16

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9827322-1-2
Publisher: Zest/Orange Avenue

Boosterish advice for teens and preteens looking for ways to board the eco-wagon and bring along some friends.

Urging readers to “greenify” house, school, car, community and especially themselves, as well as spread the word to peers, ’rents and politicians, Petronis tallies many more than 47 general ways. These range in amount of effort required from bringing rather than buying lunch, plunking a full bottle into the toilet tank to cut down the flush and turning off the ignition before making out to organizing a clothing swap and applying for grants. The book’s thoroughness is to be praised: Kids are exhorted first to buy clothes made with "e-fibers" such as organic cotton, hang them dry instead of putting them in the dryer and then swap or resell them when it's time to move on. Parenthetical page references helpfully take readers to related topics. Though the author is more focused on providing ideas and inspiration than specific nuts and bolts, she does close with pages of source notes, plus a hefty annotated list of organizations with grant providers and sites aimed at teens marked by icons.

Nothing new here, but nothing that isn’t both feasible and necessary, either. (Nonfiction. 11-16)