Live Sustainably Now: A Low-Carbon Vision of the Good Life

Live Sustainably Now: A Low-Carbon Vision of the Good Life

by Karl Coplan


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Karl Coplan shares his personal journey of attempting to cut back on carbon without giving up the amenities of a suburban middle-class lifestyle. Live Sustainably Now shows that there does not have to be a trade-off between the ethical obligation to maintain a sustainable carbon footprint and the belief that life should be fulfilling and fun.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231190909
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 723,903
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Karl Coplan is professor of law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where he directs its environmental litigation clinic. He is a coauthor of Introduction to Environmental Law: Cases and Materials on Water Pollution Control (second edition, 2016). Coplan is also a member of the board of directors of Waterkeeper Alliance, a global network of clean water advocates.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Climate March at the Crossroads
1. Climatarianism: Our Personal Moral Obligation
Carbon Diary: September 2015
2. Why Both Individual Action and Collective Policy Will Be Needed to Address Climate Change
Carbon Diary: October 2015
3. Some Climate Basics: What We Mean by “Carbon Footprint,” How We Measure It, and Why It Matters
Carbon Diary: November 2015
4. Sustainability: What Is It Anyway, and Who Can Really Claim to Be Doing It?
Carbon Diary: December 2015
5. What Is Individual Carbon Sustainability, Then?
Carbon Diary: January 2016
6. Going on a Carbon Diet to Save the Planet
Carbon Diary: February 2016
7. Surprising Carbon Impact Comparisons: If You Are Only Going to Sweat One Kind of Stuff, Sweat Big Stuff, Not Small Stuff
Carbon Diary: March 2016
8. Grappling with the Big Four: Electricity, Heat, Transportation, and Food
Carbon Diary: April 2016
9. Having Fun on a Carbon Budget
Carbon Diary: May 2016
10. Medium-Term Goal: Getting to Zero
Carbon Diary: Summer 2016
Postscript: Individual Climate Action in the Trump Era: Now More than Ever
Appendix: Sample Carbon Footprint Calculation

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