The We Live Here library features a diverse range of educational and informative books & DVD's. Our book range covers an assortment of issues like sustainable living, climate change, organic living and renewable energy. Every book in our library is jam packed with little gems of information that will help you move towards a sustainable future.
Right now, the rate of global warming may be 100 times faster than it has ever been. Very soon, the Earth will become hotter than at any time in human history. As the continents warm and the ice at the poles melt, oceans will rise, droughts will devastate crops, and entire species of plants and animals will become extinct. It now seems evident that this extremely rapid warming is being caused by us, the humans, rather than by geological or astronomical processes that were going on before we arrived.
Will Washington, London, and Tokyo be threatened by rising seas? Will the Great Plain and Ukraine revert to shifting desert sands? What changes in our economics, politics, and lifestyles will be brought about by the coming climate crisis? Here, for the first time in one place is the information we need to prepare ourselves and our children for this very different future.
Crimes Against Nature is an impassioned account of how Bush and big business are plundering the environment and raking in the profits. Robert F Kennedy Jr, one of the world's most prominent environmental lawyers charges the White House with the crime of pursuing private profit and personal power at the expense of clean air, clean water and wildlife habitats.
He shows how, in a government that boasts more CEOs than any in history, industry lobbyists wield an unprecedented power and politicians have rolled back environmental laws, suppressed damaging reports from their own departments and covered its own agenda with smart PR.
Written in the belief that there is another way, Crimes Against Nature powerfully makes the case for democracy against the corrosive effects of corporate corruption.
Want to lead the way in improving the environment, while saving money and improving your health?
Cutting Your Car Use by Anna Semlyen explores the options for those looking to reduce or give up their car use. This title examines the pollution and health issues which can be alleviated by a reduction in motoring, as well as comparing the financial cost of motoring with alternative forms of transport.
This title was originally released in the UK where it has sold over 60,000 copies, this edition is specially rewritten for North America, but the tips and advice apply no matter where in the world you are.
Learn how you can save money, benefit your health and improve everyone’s quality of life with Anna Semlyen’s Cutting Your Car Use.
An ‘Inconvenient Truth’ identified the problem. Now ‘Our Choice’ offers the solution.
It is now abundantly clear that we have at our fingertips all of the tools we need to solve the climate crisis. The only missing ingredient is collective will.
‘Our Choice’ gathers in one place all of the most effective solutions that are available now and that, together, will solve this crisis. It is meant to depoliticize the issue as much as possible and inspire readers to take action – not only on an individual basis, but as participants in the political processes by which every country, and the world as a whole, makes the choice that now confronts us.
This is the book that blows the whistle on the politics of global warming in Australia. Why have our political leaders been so slow to act? How have big corporations succeeded in preventing real action? Who are the "greenhouse mafia"
In Scorcher, Clive Hamilton reveals a shadow world of lobbyists and sceptics, spin and hidden agendas. He investigates a deceitful government and a compliant media. And he lays out the facts about Kyoto, carbon emissions and what governments and individuals might do , and have done.
Written with humour, urgency and great authority, this is the definitive account of the politics of climate change in Australia.
Clive Hamilton is the executive Director of the Australia Institute and a leading authority on the economics and politics of climate change. His books include the bestsellers Growth Fetish, Affluenza (as co author) What's left? (Quarterly Essay 21) and Silencing Dissent (as co-editor and contributor).
Humanity's most urgent challenge in the 21st century is likely to be global warming, and the possibility of irreversible climate change. Stormy weather deals head-on with this challenge.
It is the only book to pout simple and effective solutions to global warming in the hands of ordinary citizens, communities, businesses, power utilities, state governments, and national leaders In a clear and lively style, Stormy Weather explains how the planet got so over-heated, and then provides 101 solutions to help cool things down. These revolve around 12 core methods of reducing our use of fossil fuels and meeting our energy needs with solar, wind, tidal, and other renewable energies. Ten solutions each are suggested for individuals citizens organizations cities businesses states and provinces national governments developing nations and the world as a whole. Another five solutions are recommended specifically for auto companies, and fifteen for energy companies.
Meticulously researched, and including all the contacts necessary for further reading and action- including hundreds of websites - stormy weather is the most up to date resource yet on global climate change, and the best guide to what we can all do to turn our collective fate around. It is essential reading for making it through the 21st century.
The Hype about Hydrogen offers an accessible explanation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. It takes a hard look at the practical difficulties of transitioning to a hydrogen economy and reveals why neither government policy nor business investment should be based on the belief that hydrogen cars will have meaningful commercial success in the near or medium term.
Joseph Romm argues that hydrogen is not economically feasible to use for transportation, nor will its use reduce global warming, because of the cost and greenhouse gases generated during production, the low energy content per volume and weight of the container, the cost of the fuel cells, and the cost of the infrastructure.
Get yourself a copy of The Hype about Hydrogen today to cut out the hype and find out the facts about hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
The Rough Guide to Climate Change is a complete, unbiased guide to one of the most pressing problems facing humanity.
From the current situation and back ground science to the government sceptics and possible solutions, this book covers the whole subject.
The guide looks at: visible symptoms of change from a warming planet how global warming works the evolution of our atmosphere over the last 4.5 billion years what computer simulations of climate reveal about our past, present, and future the sceptics: Who are they? What are their grounds for disagreeing with the crowd? Battle of the titans: the oil industry vs. the global commons global warming in the media: A review of the last few decades global solutions: What governments and scientists are doing to try and solve the problem plus much more.
The guide also includes lifestyle advice and tips for consumers who want to make a difference in tomorrow's climate, and comes complete with a glossary of websites for further information.
Even if you’ve read all the books, it can still seem daunting to jump into the construction process of building your own straw bale home. What is it like and where can you get the help and information you need? This video shows you the entire process, step-by-step, from start to finish. You will have a front-row seat on the work site, learning from the experts as they notch and stack the bales and mix the mud. Building With Awareness will give you a solid understanding of the structure as a whole and how it all works together—the positioning of windows, why certain materials were chosen, and how solar energy can be used to dramatically lower your heating and cooling bills. By breaking the construction into separate steps—each one flowing into the next—the process becomes easy to understand. You will learn how to construct post-and-beam straw bale walls to code, how interior adobe thermal mass walls can improve efficiency, and watch earth-plaster techniques that create stunning wall finishes. Energy-efficiency and superb aesthetics can both come from the same materials. This beautifully presented DVD will inspire you to create an environment that is truly a pleasure to live in.
Do you want a home that is naturally cooler inside despite the blazing summer heat outside? Designer and filmmaker Ted Owens walks you through the entire design and construction process of building his passive-solar home. Building an energy-efficient home requires more than just using straw bale walls—as this alone does not guarantee a stable indoor temperature, nor prevent overheating in the summer. The best scenario is to combine the proper materials with a house plan that takes advantage of solar energy; “Building With Awareness” shows you how the design of the entire house has a huge impact on energy-efficiency and comfort.
Beautiful design is a green building principal that is just as important as energy-efficiency. This video looks at a home as an entire system - the layout of rooms and windows, the materials chosen for specific areas, and how the home relates to the angle of the sun. All have a dramatic impact on how well the house performs. This video is packed with green-design and construction techniques from professionals working in the cutting edge of home building and design. Many of these concepts add nothing to the construction cost of the home, yet can save the homeowner thousands of dollars in utility bills.
Straw bale walls are like working with the oversized blocks that you used as a kid. Once you see the step-by-step demonstration by straw bale expert Stefan Bell, you will know that building your own home is within your grasp. His enthusiasm for straw bale construction is contagious. Learn each step of code-approved techniques for straw bale construction—stacking, notching around posts, window installation, how to split straw bales, plaster and stucco preparation—the whole works.
In the adobe section, we show you how to build walls out of mud bricks. Placing thermal mass walls (thick, heavy walls that can absorb and store heat) within your highly insulated exterior walls is very important—and sometimes overlooked in green building. This will greatly improve the efficiency of any straw bale home. This home stays cool and comfortable inside, without the use of an air-conditioning system, even in the hundred-degree heat of New Mexico. It does this by taking advantage of the local climate and by using adobe thermal mass walls. If adobe is not available in your area, either stone or brick can be used.
This home generates 100% of its own electricity with photovoltaic panels on the roof. Wiring and electrical work for straw bale and frame construction is demonstrated by solar energy electrician Joe Yarkin. Joe, when he is not working on electrical wiring for straw bale homes, is installing large photovoltaic systems in Antarctica for the National Science Foundation. He brings his knowledge of alternative power systems to this video. Joe wires this straw bale and adobe home for both a conventional and photovoltaic electrical system.
Stefan Bell also hosts the sequence on using an all-volunteer crew to apply the first coat of earth plaster to the home’s walls. He demonstrates mud mixtures, application techniques, the use of tools, and additional tips and tricks. Nothing will get you up to speed faster than by watching Stefan go through the entire earth plastering process. By the end, you will want to get your hands dirty yourself. It’s fun!
The finish coat of earth plaster is demonstrated by author and professional earth-plasterer, Keely Meagan. She wrote the original book on earth plastering, “Earth Plasters for Straw Bale Homes”. Keely will show you how to obtain a beautiful white earth plaster finish in a variety of colors—even if you have never plastered a wall in your life. She will show you how to mix the earth plaster and what tools to use. When finished, you end up with a beautiful, paint-free surface on your walls.
You will learn how to install a rainwater cistern, how to construct a rubble trench foundation to conserve concrete, and how to place your windows to maximize solar gain. You will learn how to make small spaces appear larger, and how to make the best use of the space you have.
The purpose of this DVD is to educate, inspire, and give you the confidence to build your own home using a variety of green building materials. This video is an engaging journey of a real-world case study of building green. See what most non-contractor homebuilders will be dealing with—working with the local experts, designing to meet code, taking advantage of the local climate, and incorporating materials that are available in your area. It will appeal to both the casually-interested and the professional builder. Whether you are ready to start building or are just interested in the concepts, this video will inspire you to create a living environment that is truly a pleasure to live in. It will be the least expensive tool you buy for saving money in the design and construction of your home.
Building With Awareness:
The Construction of a Hybrid Home
is the Award-Winning DVD Video on how to build elegant and energy-efficient homes with natural materials like straw bales.
The Washington Post
Review of the DVD
"Building With Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home" is the work of Ted Owens, who is both a filmmaker and a designer. For the viewer, it is a happy combination. Owens not only knows his subject well, but also knows how to present it in a way that will capture his audience and hold its attention.”
Running time 2 hours and 42 minutes. Over 5 hours of information
Non region DVD (so it will work on any DVD player)
About 70% of the food we eat contains genetically engineered ingredients and the biotech industry is spending $50 million a year to convince us that this technology is our only hope. Using hilarious and disturbing archival footage and featuring interviews with farmers, scientists, government officials and activists, FED UP! presents an entertaining and compelling overview of our current food production system from the Green Revolution to the Biotech Revolution and what we can do about it. FED UP! answers many questions regarding genetic engineering, the Green Revolution, genetic pollution and modern pesticides through interviews with Marc Lapp and Britt Bailey from the Center for Ethics and Toxics, Peter Rosset and Anuradha Mittal from Food First, Vandana Shiva from the Research Center for Science, Technology and Ecology, Ignacio Chapela from UC s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Martina McGloughlin, Director of UC Biotechnology Program and many others. It also introduces us to Bay Area organic farmers from Purisima Greens Farm and the Live Power Community Farm, presenting community supported agriculture (CSA) and small-scale organic farming as real alternatives to agribusiness and industrial food.
In 200,000 years on earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it is too late to be a pessimistl humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoilation of the Earth's riches and change its pattern of consumption.
By bringing us unique footage from over fitty countries, all seen from the air, by sharing with us his wonder and his concerm with this film Yann Arthus-Bertrand lays a foundation stone for the edifice that, together, we must rebuild.
Oil on Ice is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwichin people and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem.
Bonus interviews with Amory Lovins, Carl Pope and Wade Davis
2004 Pare Lorentz Award (International Documentary Association)
Arctic Film Festival
Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Bioneers Moving Image Festival
A Dale Djerassi/Bo Boudart Production in association with Lobitos Creek Ranch
Hosted and narrated by Cameron Diaz, this exciting four-part program circles the globe, exploring the remarkable ways that energy touches our daily lives. Cleverly weaving together the lives of astronauts in the Space Station, villagers in the Amazon, and an actress in Hollywood, the film examines vital energy issues and suggests ways that students can create a sustainable future.
In Connections, viewers discover how energy links us as a global community. Cradle to Cradle profiles architect William McDonough, a TIME magazine "Hero of the Planet," and his innovative green building designs. Energy Path answers the question ''When I turn on the light in my room, where does the electricity come from and how does it reach me?'' Be the Difference encourages personal action steps such as requesting renewable energy from utilities, driving hybrid cars, and buying energy-efficient appliances.
Power Shift serves as a terrific thought-starter and discussion tool for sparking a conversation around energy, sustainability, and technology.
"Power Shift gives us the essential steps that we must take to accelerate this transition to an economy that is based on renewable energy."-Global Energy Network Institute
Guerrilla Gardening outlines the power-to-the-people campaign for greening our cities. The term 'guerrilla' may bring to mind a small band of armed soldiers, moving in the dead of night on a stealth mission. In the case of guerrilla gardening, the soldiers are planters, the weapons are shovels, and the mission is to transform an abandoned lot into a thing of beauty. Once an environmentalist's nonviolent direct action for inner-city renewal, this approach to urban beautification is spreading to all types of people in cities around the world.
These modern-day Johnny Appleseeds perform random acts of gardening, often without the property owner's prior knowledge or permission. Typical targets are vacant lots, railway land, underused public squares, and back alleys. The concept is simple, whimsical and has the cheeky appeal of being a not-quite-legal call to action. Dig in some soil, plant a few seeds, or mend a sagging fence one good deed inspiring another, with win-win results all around.
Tips for effective involvement include:
finding plants and seeds cheap (or free)
handling city officials
getting the dirt on soil
planting to bring back the birds
knowing when to ask permission and when to seek forgiveness
Social activists, city dwellers and long-time gardeners will delight in this fast-paced and funny call to arms.
David Tracey is a journalist and environmental designer who operates EcoUrbanist in Vancouver. He is Executive Director of Tree City Canada, a non-profit ecological engagement group.
The Chemical Maze, Your guide to food additives and cosmetic ingredients. Australian-based, Bill Statham has pulled together an easy to use guide of chemicals including their names, numbers, functions and uses and potential health effects. A great way to sift through the mumble jumble.
Chasing the Sun is Neville Williams’ inspiring account of his twelve year quest to bring solar power and light to people in the developing world who have no electricity. This book describes the founding of the non-profit Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) in 1990 which promoted solar power for a decade by setting up pilot solar rural electrification programs in eleven developing countries, including Zimbabwe, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and China. This project led to the authors launching of the commercial Solar Electric Light Company in 1997 which became the 'SELCO' group of companies that has overcome daunting challenges to bring solar electricity to 50,000 families in India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Chasing the Sun asks why if millions of people in the developing world can utilize solar energy, why we in developed countries such as Australia cannot? Pick up your copy of chasing the Sun today to become inspired about solar energy.
Electric Water is an accessible yet in-depth look at the possibilities of combining energy and water in a way that would contribute to the reversal of global warming and the restoration of the planet. This book looks at the possibilities of harnessing the potential energy from rain and sunlight with the aid of simple technology that already exists.
Christopher Swan extrapolates from current mainstream trends in solar energy and wind power and offers a clear vision of how the world's energy and water infrastructure could be transformed.
Get your copy of Electric Water today to find out all the facts about our potential renewable energy future.
Craig Morris’ Energy Switch is essential reading in a time when fossil fuel based energy systems are still dominant and the need for a switch to renewable energy sources grows ever more pressing. Morris describes how declining oil supplies and the environmental impact of the coal industry dictate a switch to renewable energy sources for a sustainable future.
Morris examines the benefits and failings of sources that will impact upon our renewable energy based future: oil, nuclear, coal, biomass, natural gas, wind, PV, geothermal, hydrogen, wave and tidal power, while weighing up issues such as ecological tax reform and tax rebates, quotas and net metering, and the role of privatisation.
Energy Switch examines the United States’ position as a renewable energy leader two decades ago, but how it now lags behind countries such as Japan and Germany. Morris is the author of a book in German which examines the rationale of Germany’s switch to renewable energy systems.
Pick up your copy of Energy Switch today to get informed about renewable energy and find out what action is necessary to implement real change.
Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy is a positive, proactive book that proposes a set of policies and strategies for implementing the most promising cleaner energy technologies by all spheres of government, business and community organisations.
Mark Diesendorf argues that ecologically sustainable energy technologies based on energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas are commercially available today, and that their implementation could halve Australia's greenhouse gas emissions within just a few decades. This book argues that despite being a coal- and oil-dependent country, Australia could achieve an ecologically sustainable energy system.
Get yourself a copy of Greenhouse Solutions With Sustainable Energy today to find out how the global warming problem can be solved with sustainable energy.
Simple Biodiesel is a wonderful book which offers all you need to know to start making your own biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil. Robert Sharman’s guide to making your own biodiesel is simple, thorough and accessible. Through his own trials he has become totally self-sufficient and has encouraged others in his community in Tasmania to try alternative power. And now, through this book, he is reaching out to the wider community and empowering people, through practical knowledge, to take control of their energy supplies.
Pick up your copy of Simple Biodiesel today to find out all you need to know about how to make use of a simple, cheap and efficient fuel source that will save the environment and your fuel bill.
Due to the fact that most of the world’s population now live in cities, to properly address the issues of environmental degradation and peak oil, it is necessary to focus on the city. This book looks at redesigning and rebuilding cities and towns with long term sustainability in mind.
EcoCities describes the place of the city in nature and history, while paying special attention to the key question of accessibility and transportation, and outlines design principles for the EcoCity. The book then outlines the tools by which a gradual transition to the EcoCity could be accomplished.
Pick yourself up a copy of Ecocities to find out what it is necessary for the majority of the worlds population to begin solving environmental issues and contribute to a more sustainable future.
Ever wanted a house that generates its own solar electricity, ventilates and cools itself without cost or pollution, and treats its own grey water for irrigating the garden?
Making Your Home Sustainable by Derek Wrigley is a practical and easy-to-follow guide for home-owners, builders and architects who are concerned about the effects of climate change and environmental degradation and want to do something about reversing the trend.
Derek Wrigley shows how simple modifications to existing homes can help to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and utilise natural rather than imported energies and resources.
Written by the author of three of the most influential books on Peak Oil, Peak Everything is a fascinating book that should be essential reading for anyone who cares about the environment at this unique moment in time.
The 20th century could be seen as the era of excess, as industry, population, energy and food consumption skyrocketed, however drastic changes must be made to cope with the changing conditions of the 21st century due to huge changes in resource limits, population, climate change and economic growth.
To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must begin now to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviours and expectations. Peak Everything tells how we might make the transition from The Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty with grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective achievements. It is a must-read for individuals, business leaders and policy makers who are serious about effecting real change.
Get your copy today to enlighten yourself about the changes that are necessary to adapt to our changing world and what you can do personally to ease the transition.
Concerns over climate change and energy depletion are increasing exponentially. Mainstream solutions still assume a panacea that will cure our climate ills without requiring any serious modification to our way of life.
Plan C explores the risks inherent in trying to continue our energy-intensive lifestyle. Using dirtier fossil fuels (Plan A) or switching to renewable energy sources (Plan B) allows people to remain complacent in the face of potential global catastrophe. Dramatic lifestyle change is the only way to begin to create a sustainable, equitable world.
The converging crises of Peak Oil, Climate Change and increasing inequity are presented in a clear, concise manner, as are the twin solutions of community (where cooperation replaces competition) and curtailment (deliberately reducing consumption of consumer goods). Plan C shows how each person's individual choices can dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. It offers specific strategies in the areas of food, transportation and housing.
Plan C is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in living a lower-energy and sustainable lifestyle.
The Sustainability Advantage is a practical guide to improving a business’s bottom line through adopting sustainable practices. The Sustainability Advantage is written by a business professional for business professionals and convincingly argues that saving the world and making a profit is not a mutually exclusive proposition, but rather that the incorporation of sustainable practices into a company’s business model can help a company to grow and develop and ultimately turn a greater profit. Good environmental and social programs make good business sense.
The Sustainability advantage provides a guide to easier hiring and retention of top talent, increasing employee productivity, reducing manufacturing and commercial costs, reducing risk, increasing revenue and easier financing, all structured around sound environmental principles.
Pick yourself up a copy of The Sustainability Advantage today to find out how sustainable practices can help your business to succeed.
True Green Life is written to help empower individuals to change their lives and the impact that they have on the environment. Our human activities are a major contributor to greenhouse gases and global warming. From burning coal to driving a car, all of our actions on both an industrial and individual level have an environmental cost. But how you decide to live your life and what you do each day to reduce your carbon footprint is a vital part of reducing the impacts of climate change.
Pick up a copy of True Green Life to empower yourself to start living a truly green life.
XS Green is a follow up book to Phyllis Richardson’s XS, which focuses on unique, modern small buildings and the ecological benefits that can be had by building in harmony with the environment.
XS Green focuses on the beauty of various small structures that are built to work with nature; from traditional huts through to charmingly surreal modern structures, all of the buildings presented in this book are unique and beautiful.
XS Green is a truly unique book which celebrates the possibilities that are created when architects choose to work with nature rather than fight it. Pick up your copy of XS Green today to see what is possible when architects and builders work with nature to create truly beautiful modern buildings.