Every purchase decision we make has an impact on the earth. Consuming less is eco-friendly. But when you need to make a purchase, choosing green helps to save the planet. This is our belief at The Green Life, and that’s why we’re so happy to welcome Elizabeth Courtney, former director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council to The Green Life to talk about her wonderful new book, Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State co-authored by Courtney and Eric Zencey. I think it’s a book that belongs on every Vermonter’s coffee table because, like the best literature, it helps us understand who we are as Vermonters.
The book looks back over five decades of Vermont environmental activism in order to move us forward into ecological sustainability. It is a story about people, politics, money and the environment. Vermont Life’s Tom Slayton said, “It is a tale of environmental victories, defeats and perhaps most significantly, collaborations and compromises that have put Vermont at the forefront of the environmental movement”. Greening Vermont includes revealing in depth interviews with Vermont movers and shakers from over the years, as well as stunning illustrations of the Vermont countryside.
The authors tell it plainly: “Our ecosystems are out of balance, and if we don’t address this issue now, there is no certain sustainable future.” But in the pages of this book there is great hope. That’s what I like about it most—hope starts with one person taking one action. Even though we’re a tiny state, Vermont has become a national environmental leader because of lots of individual acts of hope. And if we can make real change, so can the world.
So, please, come join us in for this book-signing/ celebration. It’s this Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 (and don’t forget, we’ll also have free wine and cheese!).