Book Review: "Building a Better World in Your Backyard" by Paul Wheaton & Shawn Klassen-Koop


Building a Better World Book Paul Wheaton

Time Sensitive Note to Readers: Paul and Shawn are running a Kickstarter campaign to get their book published and they need your help to do so! If you donate $1 to their campaign in the first 48 hours , you will receive a literal boatload of over 30 high quality e-books and videos about permaculture and related topics! Make sure not to miss out on this fantastic deal! This offer starts officially Tuesday, April 9th 2019 at 2pm Mountain Time and ends Friday, April 12th 2019 at 2pm Mountain Time.

What Is This Book About?

It’s purpose is to help the average person transform the world, one truly ecological act at a time. That means that instead of writing angry letters to politicians and protesting, you can do things in your everyday life to help the Earth. Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koop offer easy-to-implement, simple solutions for anyone looking to reduce your energy/petroleum usage and clear toxins from your life. They briefly cover how to save money and make passive income so that you don’t have to participate in the rat race and commute to work (thereby polluting the environment). The theme of luxurious living is in the forefront of the book throughout reading it. So it is not a book about sacrifice in the name of environmentalism. The main goal of the book is to direct your current anger at how messed up we’ve made the world and put it towards doing simple practical things to lessen your carbon footprint and give yourself a better more fulfilled life.  

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Paul & Shawn’s Eco-Poser Test

Do you spend less than $83/month on energy (electricity & heat)? They say that even if you have five kids, you still have to spend less than that to be a real environmentalist. Not a poser.

It’s a very interesting, thought-provoking argument. Heating and electricity account for a large amount of fossil fuels that we use. However, transportation takes the cake for the highest fossil fuel use : 33% in 2017. Electricity & heating use was 28% of total fossil fuel consumption. So, together, all three total over 60% of overall fossil fuel use in the United States. Next time you book a flight to Mexico or order something Next Day from Amazon, give that a thought!

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