Worldchanging Offers Tips on Creating a Better World

Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century

A new book from the staff and contributors of, Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, compiles some of the most innovative new technologies, initiatives, and ideas of today. With a foreword by former U.S. vice president Al Gore and edited by executive editor Alex Steffen, the more than 600-page book contains contributions from dozens of leading environmental and social experts. It offers a multitude of approaches on how we can reinvent our lives and our world.

Resembling a mini ecological encyclopedia, Worldchanging is organized into seven themes, including “Stuff,” “Shelter,” “Business,” “Politics,” and “Planet.” It covers a broad range of issues, from new technologies like “growing” batteries and designing sustainable toothbrushes to empowering slum-dwellers and making homes more energy efficient. BusinessWeek notes that the book “reads like a smart, hip mini-encyclopedia of what's new and what’s next in green technologies and earth-conscious ideas.”

In her section on travel and tourism, for example, Worldwatch Institute researcher and Worldchanging contributor Zoe Chafe points to simple ways travelers can embark on a more responsible tourism experience. “Whether you are traveling across the state or around the world, you can begin your journey…by taking the time to ask a few questions: must I fly, or can I travel in a way that causes less pollution? Does my hotel have an environmental policy? Will my purchases benefit the local community? What can I learn from the people I am visiting?”

The book aims to help readers find their own niche in improving their day-to-day surroundings and the world as a whole. Steffen writes that Worldchanging is about “providing you with ideas for rethinking your own life, and providing approaches to change.” The book is intended to inspire us to make changes in our lives, great and small, to create a better world together.

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