We all know that we can do better when it comes to taking care of the planet, and what Eseme Floyd has assembled here are 1001 little ways that she thinks we can do in order to save the planet. I can easily see how a book like this could turn into a political statement about not using fossil fuels or deciding to walk more often, but it is presented in a very non-threatening way that combines a lot of fun with some great hints/suggestions on how we can be better to the planet. The book is split up into many different sections, which help to situate where all of the tips are placed. That way when you read through, you have a better feel for the flow of the book, and in the end it makes it easier to pick up and put down without requiring you to read from page 1 all the way to the end in one sitting.
The book itself is a thick (224 pages thick) book that is just about pocket size (or stocking size if you are looking to give it as a gift). It measures about 6 inches by 6 inches, and if I had to guess, I would say it is about 1 inch thick. The cover of the book is that of a accentuated stick figure of a woman, reaching for a light switch with a plant in the foreground. The subliminal message is obvious, as we can all save electricity (energy) by turning off the lights in rooms we aren’t using, and by keeping extra plants around to help provide us with more oxygen. Those two topics are of course mentioned within the text, and though they may seem like obvious selections on ways to help the planet, pointing them out can never hurt. Floyd does so with a good approach, that seems friendly, and doesn’t condescend to people who might not do these things already.
I mentioned earlier that the book is split into sections, and those sections consist of things like Cleaning, which covers many different methods to clean that use ingredients around the home rather than produced chemical cleaners. Another section covers Do-It-Yourself items, that show easy ways to do things around the house that can cut down on waste and help the environment. A couple of examples from the cleaning section include Dusting Your Light Bulbs so that you can increase the output of light and conserve energy, with another cleaning solution being the use of vinegar to remove lime scale from toilets or sinks. In the Do-It-Yourself section she covers things like not using lead based paints because of the damage that they can do, and another that has to do with painting, is to always put stripped paint in a sealed container for proper disposal when you are shaving those walls.
There are a ton of interesting suggestions in the book like making sure to clean out your chimney to help heat your house, and how you should eat less shrimp because of the shrimping practices that are wiping out many different species of fish and water creatures. I think that as the book progresses, you find many intriguing things that you don’t really think about, and other items that you make take for granted on a normal day. Sure there will be some that you just don’t think you can do in your daily life, but there are plenty of options in the 1001 that she lists which can each play their small part in helping to save the planet. With each suggestion she provides a quick explanation to go along with it, and the colored pages, as well as the illustrations added to some of the “little ways” makes the book not only fun to read, but extremely educational. A great book that can be used as a conversation starting coffee table book, this is one that I highly recommend picking up if you or someone you know is interested in working towards saving the planet.