Being the Change

Author(s): Peter Kalmus


Life on 1/10th the fossil fuels turns out to be awesome.We all want to be happy. Yet as we consume ever more in a frantic bid for happiness, global warming worsens.Alarmed by drastic changes now occurring in the Earth's climate systems, Peter Kalmus, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes. Ultimately, he slashed his climate impact to under a tenth of the US average and became happier in the process.Being the Change explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament. It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming. Part one exposes our interconnected predicament: overpopulation, global warming, industrial agriculture, growth-addicted economics, a sold-out political system, and a mindset of separation from nature. It also includes a readable but authoritative overview of climate science. Part two offers a response at once obvious and unprecedented: mindfully opting out of this broken system and aligning our daily lives with the biosphere.The core message is deeply optimistic: living without fossil fuels is not only possible, it can be better.


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Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. At work he studies the physics of clouds in a changing climate, and at home he explores how we can address climate change while living happier, more connected lives. He lives in Altadena, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, with his wife and two children on 1/10th the fossil fuels of the American average. He enjoys orcharding, beekeeping, and backpacking. Peter speaks purely on his own behalf, not on behalf of NASA or Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Part One: Predicament1 Introduction: Waking Up2 Beyond Green 3 What We Know About Global Warming 4 Growth Always Ends 5 Our Mindset Part Two: Mammal in the Biosphere 6 A Middle Path 7 Like to Bike 8 Leaving Fossil Fuel 9 Slow Travel 10 Meditation: A Foundation of Change 11 Reconnecting 12 Opting Out 13 Collective Action 14 Community 15 Love

General Fields

  • : 9780865718531
  • : New Society Publishers, Limited
  • : New Society Publishers
  • : August 2017
  • : 229mm X 152mm
  • : November 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Kalmus
  • : Paperback
  • : 384
  • : B&W illustrations, 24 charts