The Joyful Environmentalist is very much an XR book, with two chapters describing the April Rebellion from the position of the XR Samba band. The rest is about all the ways in which we can change our lives to support our planet.
Her aim: to look for every single way we can take care of the planet; how we live and work, travel, shop, eat, drink, dress, vote, play, volunteer, bank – everything. And to do this wholeheartedly, energetically and joyfully. Beginning with losing her cool in a restaurant that will only provide plastic cutlery, Isabel journeys through native tree planting in the Highlands of Scotland, playing Samba drums with Extinction Rebellion, interviewing in person the people that supply her energy and food – through every solution she can find – until both narrator and reader are fully equipped to be part of the pollution solution. “She gave my spirit a lift and my feet somewhere to stand.” – Sir Mark Rylance
Written in short chapters for busy people, Isabel doesn’t bother with an examination of the problem but gets right on with the solutions.
“This is the joy we need in our lives.” – George Monbiot. “This book, practical and realistic as well as visionary, will keep that positive message before the reader’s eyes.
Dr Rowan Williams writes of it: “Perhaps the most important message any environmentalist can give at the moment is that green options are neither just a last desperate hope for saving the planet, nor misery maximisers that will make life less worth living. They are ways of affirming that worthwhileness and enhancing it. This book, practical and realistic as well as visionary, will keep that positive message before the reader’s eyes. Joy is after all one of the best motivations we can have for change.”
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