Do It Yourself A Handbook for Changing Our World by Kim Bryan, Paul Chatterton, Alice Cutler (eds.)

By Kim Bryan, Paul Chatterton, Alice Cutler (eds.)

Do It your self: A guide for altering Our global exhibits how. Its now not a e-book approximately whats unsuitable with the area, yet a set of dynamic principles which discover how we will construct radical and significant social swap, ourselves, right here and now. The ebook weaves jointly research, tales and stories. It combines in-depth analytical chapters through effortless to persist with the best way to courses with functional rules for switch. Taken jointly, those small steps can movement us in the direction of taking again regulate of our lives from governments and firms. Written and edited via activists and grassroots campaigners, Do It your self is a part of a becoming reaction from the worldwide social justice circulation. The booklet displays on their reports masking 9 diverse components: « Low influence residing - lowering your strength intake « selection making - establishing with no leaders « nutrients - developing and turning out to be a neighborhood backyard « wellbeing and fitness - setting up a wellbeing and fitness collective « schooling - inspiring switch via studying jointly « replacement media - hard the mainstream by way of growing your personal media « self sustaining areas - developing and operating a social centre « Cultural activism - unleashing inventive capability « Direct motion -building and holding potent camp»

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Trapese 01 intro_2 26 11/4/07 14:42:48 why we need holistic solutions 27 It’s easy to get involved. Reducing your energy use through conservation measures and maybe even developing your own electricity supply means a reduction in bills, and a reduction in profits to corporate power companies. Car sharing or, even better, giving up your car, means less outgoings, it means cycling, walking and taking more exercise, leading to an improvement in your own health, reduced local pollution and a friendlier neighbourhood.

Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. P. (1968). The Making of the English Working Class. Harmondsworth: Penguin. Trapese 01 intro_2 45 11/4/07 14:42:52 46 do it yourself: a handbook for changing our world World Commission on Environment and Development (1987). Our Common Future. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Zerzan, J. (1996). Future Primitive and Other Essays. Brooklyn, NY: Semiotext Books. Sustainable communities Heinberg, Richard (2004). Power Down: Options and Actions for a Post Carbon World.

Reducing the amount of energy or water we use doesn’t necessarily mean a reduction in the standard of living – it means using our common sense, consuming responsibly, thinking about our actions and putting back into the earth what we take out. Not everything can be done overnight and for people living in dense cities without access to gardens or land it can be difficult to see 28 Trapese 01 intro_2 28 11/4/07 14:42:48 how to get off the grid 29 what to do. But a lot can be done. For this reason, we include three ‘Today’ sections, of things you can do right now or in the weeks ahead after reading this book if you haven’t already, and then we discuss some more ambitious, creative and fun projects you could take on if you have the space, resources and time.

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