A Problem and a (Partial) Solution


Global warming isn’t exactly the most light-hearted topic for our library blog, but I recently came across two items in OCPL that I just need to share:  a book, Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, and a DVD, Chasing Ice.  

I’ve been reading Johnson’s blog for a while and was excited when her book came out.  (You
can check out her blog here.)  Years ago, she decided to tackle her family’s consumption and in the process, she learned tons of tips about how we can each do our part to keep our planet healthy.  Zero Waste Home details all the little things we can do to lessen our carbon footprint, while still enjoying life.  Some of the tips we know (bring your own bags to the grocery store), some we’re glad to learn (how to make your own cleaning products) and some are a little beyond most of our reach (compost your pet’s droppings).  But she shows us that it’s not all or nothing.  We can make a little change here and a little change there and still make a difference.


I found the documentary, Chasing Ice, randomly and am so glad I did.  The photographer, James Balog, places cameras in different parts of the world and for three years, these cameras take one photo every hour.  Not only do they capture natural beauty (this DVD contains some stunning imagery!), but they also document how the glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.  He doesn’t just give us numbers and data; he gives us photos, so we can see for ourselves.  Watching him plan the project and finally put it into action was inspiring.

Chasing Ice shows us the enormity of the problem of climate change, but Zero Waste Home shows us how we can take steps to help our planet right now.

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