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Living with a Green Heart: How to Keep Your Body, Your Home, and the Planet Healthy in a Toxic World (Paperback)
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“If you want one of the shortest, fastest routes to getting toxic chemicals out of your life, get behind the wheel of Gay Browne’s Living with a Green Heart and you’ll get there in no time flat.”
—Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group
In an increasingly toxic world, the paths to environmental health and personal well-being run parallel. The journey begins with a few small steps.
Is the damage we’re doing to our planet literally leaving you sick, sore, and gasping for air? Want to take back our inalienable rights to clean air, clean water, and healthy food? In this quietly revolutionary book, environmental pioneer and founder of Greenopia, Gay Browne, shares a roadmap for making incremental changes that will not only transform your life, but heal the world we share.
From the home to the office, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear, here are actions you can take today that will improve your Personal Environmental Health, and help you stop feeling overwhelmed, reduce illness, improve sleep, mood, and focus, and start making a difference, including:
*Make conscious choices when shopping, and support companies with good environmental stewardship and healthy products.
*Test your water for harmful chemicals, install an affordable water filtration system, and reduce your water use by utilizing water more efficiently.
*Work with your doctor to create a personal plan for detoxing your body.
*Use only non-toxic and organic household products, and choose organic, eco-friendly fabrics made by sustainable and fair trade certified companies.
*Choose the method of transportation that makes the lightest carbon footprint.
With these and many other actions, Gay Browne’s work has taught her that even the smallest change for the better, faithfully practiced, can have an immense positive impact on our minds, bodies, and spirits—not to mention the planet.
About the Author
Environmental pioneer Gay Browne is the world’s first and only personal environmental therapist and is the founder of Greenopia, a company dedicated to achieving personal and community environmental health through small and large habit and behavioral adjustments. Greenopia is a comprehensive bestselling series of city by city guidebooks listing local eco-friendly resources. Greenopia Los Angeles was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
In 1994, even before the U.S. Green Building Council established the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines for environmental building verification, Gay set out to create what she calls “an optimal personal environmental health space.” She began designing and constructing the first completely environmentally responsible home of its kind. Once completed, it was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Home Section.
Gay travels the country speaking on environmental issues, sits on several boards, and holds various chair positions for environmental alliances, arts, and hospital foundations, and women’s and school groups. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her children and dogs. For more information, and tips on how you can live with a green heart, visit her website at GayBrowne.com.
“If you’re inspired to explore the ways in which you can treat the planet and your body a little better, this little book will give you a comprehensive way to get started.”
“Veteran environmental warrior, Gay Browne’s book, Living with a Green Heart, is both a compelling account of her evolution as an activist and a primer for aligning our diets and personal habits with the higher calling of social responsibility.”
—Robert Kennedy, Jr., Senior Attorney, Waterkeeper Alliance, author, and activist
"If you want one of the shortest, fastest routes to getting toxic chemicals out of your life, get behind the wheel of Gay Browne's, Living with a Green Heart and you'll get there in no time flat."
—Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group
“Gay Browne is on a mission to help us protect ourselves, our families, and our planet. Her book challenges readers to explore the impacts our everyday choices have on ourselves and the world around us, and inspires them to take action to create a healthier future for both.”
—John H. Adams, Founding Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
“Gay Browne's book is down-to-earth, smart, and accessible. She makes it easy for people to find information and inspiration for everyday solutions to the toxic trespass of corporate chemicals in our bodies, and in our world. Gay’s advice is practical, positive and evokes the equanimity of someone who truly lives with a green heart.”
—Michael Green, CEO, Center for Environmental Health
“Gay Browne’s book invites—and challenges—each of us to do our part to create the world we want to live in, and it’s filled with loads of practical ideas to do so. So stop whining and worrying, and tap into the positive energy in your own green heart! I guarantee you can make a difference!”
—Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
“Living with a Green Heart provides valuable tools and information we can apply as individuals in order to heal the planet collectively. Gay Browne inspires us to open our hearts to live a more connected and conscious life."
—Kelly Meyer, Trustee of the Natural Resource Defense Council, and co-founder of the Women's Cancer Research Fund
“Solving the threat from climate change requires an army of environmental warriors, and Gay Browne’s book is an excellent recruiting manual. Read it, share it, and join the cause while we still have time to save the planet.”
—Durwood Zaelke, Founding President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, Washington DC and Paris
"Gay Browne lives with a green heart and her new book will invite you to do so too. Accessible and practical, Gay's book will expand the possibilities of saving ourselves and healing our planet."
—Dr. Jennifer Freed, Ph.D., MFT
“It’s hard to imagine a more thoughtful or more helpful book than Living with a Green Heart. Gay Browne speaks from her own heart and vast knowledge to focus us on what really matters for our own and our family’s health, and connect that with ways we can make a difference on a much bigger scale.”
—Bob Perkowitz, President, ecoAmerica
“Wondering where to start the journey to make the world and your home a better and safer place for you and your family? Look no further. Everything you need is right here in this amazing and comprehensive guide to green living. Gay Browne has provided you with the most practical and thoughtful book I’ve ever seen!”
—Jeffrey Hollender, Founding CEO, Seventh Generation and Sustain Natural
“As parents, we bonded over the best ways to take care of our family as well as the planet. And specifically, how to share what we learned with others in the most authentic and nonjudgmental way. With all the noise we are exposed to in the media, the need for a book that provides an honest and achievable way to live a greener and healthier lifestyle needs to be the handbook we all look to.”
—Debbie Levin, CEO, Environmental Media Association
“Our planet needs advocates like Gay Browne. While the ultimate answers to planetary toxification are systemic – meaning comprehensive chemicals policy reform and a fundamental shift in the way chemicals, materials and processes are designed – Browne does us all a service by promoting consumer and individual actions that may help reduce individual risk and most importantly increase demand for safer chemistry and a less toxic world.”
—Alison Carlson, President, Forsythia Foundation; and Rachel's Network member
“What a delightful read! Just the right mixture of business sense, common sense, and personal incentives! Living with a Green Heart is bound to align with your perspectives because ultimately we all want our immediate and long-term future to be healthy and happy. Kudos to Gay Browne!”
—Lisa Craig Gautier, President & Co-Founder, MatterOfTrust.org
“As someone who is wildly passionate about environmental health as a long time board member of EWG and participant in the first intergenerational toxic body burden study, I think of myself as pretty knowledgeable on the subject. What Gay’s book has done is showed me that there is so much more to learn. I am grateful to her for informing and strengthening the movement in her quest to protect us, our families, and communities…”
—Laura Turner Seydel, Chairperson, Philanthropist, & Volunteer, Captain Planet Foundation
“Gay Browne is a Force of Nature...as is every one of us. We all make a difference. But is your overall impact healing or destructive? Are you a Consumer or a Regenerator of your life support system? Living with a Green Heart provides simple guidance to answer the questions and begin or accelerate your way to healthier and safer you...along with your home, your community, and your world.”
—Andy Lipkis, Founder and President, Tree People
“A hands-on guide to green living, written from a personal perspective, and full of Gay’s warmth, care, and compassion. A joyful reminder that we can make a difference in all our daily choices - both large and small.”
—Mary Cordaro, Healthy Building and Indoor Environmental Consultant
“Whether you are “green” and new to clean living, or a seasoned veteran, Living with a Green Heart is filled with extraordinary tips and expert advice to help you along your green journey!”
—Dr. Alexis Daniels D.C., CACCP, Daniels Center for Vitality at Sports Academy
“Gay is one of the foremothers of the environmental movement. She helped create a new breed of activist. She recognized early that, in addition to business and political will, we need people to vote with their dollars. With plenty of historical references, Gay provides myriad ways to make a positive personal impact.”
—Zem Joaquin, Founder, ecofabulous & Near Future Summit. Co-creator, Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute
“Get ready to enjoy having a fantastic tour guide as you embark on your own "green journey" alongside Gay Browne. Her practical style and approach will inspire and lead you to make lots of small changes in your life that will build habits and habits will last a lifetime! Her goal is to help you lead a happier, healthier, and more grateful lifestyle!”
—Dave Aardsma, Founder at Aardsma Environmental Solutions Inc.
“The last fifty years have seen this planet become saturated with toxins from plastics, pesticides, personal care products, and industrial manufacturing. To prevent these environmental pollutants and toxins from affecting you, your family, and your child, the first step is awareness and knowledge, the second step is reducing exposure and prevention. Take this extremely well-crafted book into your home and let it guide you through everything you need to know, to clean and create a healthy home and personal environment, for you and your family.”
—Murray Clarke, President, Childlife Essentials
"Gay Browne is an Earth Angel Living with a Green Heart is for those dreamers that want to “wake up” and take practical steps towards a better world today."
—Ryland Engelhart, Owner Cafe Gratitude & Gracias Madre, Co-founder of Kiss The Ground
“In this comprehensive and engaging book, Gay Browne shows us how to look at the world through a green lens, revealing the myriad hazards and challenges of our everyday environment, and explains how, by focusing our attention and taking action, we can live significantly healthier lives. Whether it’s the air you breathe, the water you drink, or the products you use, Gay offers sensible, practical solutions for safely navigating the countless chemical pitfalls that constantly confront us.”
—Laurie Benenson, Film Producer
"We all want to protect our beautiful planet. We’ve cut back on water use and gotten rid of plastic bottles. But there's so much more we can do, and this book shows us how. It takes a passionate, committed agent of change like Gay Browne to guide us toward living green."
—Cecilia Peck, Documentary Filmmaker
”If we are ever going to save our planet, each individual has to begin to understand their role in the health of the planet and effect on their immediate environment. In Living with a Green Heart, Gay Browne clearly lays out our individual responsibilities with examples from daily life. If you care about our planet, this book shines a bright light into our collective futures.”
—Evan Rofheart, Divine Energy Healer
"The planet needs a 'Green Heart,' and this book is an overflowing of Gay Browne's 'Green Heart'.”