The author of Ecoholic Home is being evicted. But she's not worried and the evening didn't dwell on it.
Adria Vasil bade farewell at a special This Is Not A Reading Series this week before taking her latest foray into the literary world on the road. In the next couple of months Vasil's set to tour her new book, based on her weekly column in NOW, all over this great country of ours and preach the gospel of green.
Opposite Environment Defence head and co-author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck, Rick Smith, Vasil officially launched her second major crack at our collective carbon footprint this week to an unsurprisingly dense crowd.
Smith, an environmental guru in his own right, succumbed to something of a role reversal for the live interview in which the two compared notes from the page and road covering everything eco from crank-operated vibrators to Steven Harper. No association intended, I'm sure.
While clearly more focused than Ecoholic, her 2007 release, the new book is also an involuntarily account of the green movement's most recent practical evolution. It's also tree and lawsuit free (knock on forest-friendly wood) she said laying to rest two of the most contentious issues likely to hover over a 400 page environmental tome that routinely takes aim at ecologically deceptive corporations. But don't read it all at once, she warns.
"Take it three steps at a time," she tells people. "We can't do it all at once, but one step is too slow. Some things need to happen immediately."
So to start, Vasil's top five pet peeves to avoid to build your eco-karma:
5) Plastic in the microwave.
4) Chemicals near the kids. There of documented findings of over 500 chemicals found in an umbilical chord.
3) Bisphenol bottles. They lied. The pretended to be green and we all bought it.
2) Anti-bacterial chemicals. Up until recently even the green ones contained triclosan, which the Canadian Medical Association suggested the government ban all together a few months ago.
1) Increased indulgence. Reduce in every area of your life.[rssbreak]
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