“Green My Ride” Resources from Your Library

Jonathan Betz-Zall, ecolibrarian.org

Alvord, Katharine. Divorce Your Car! : Ending the Love Affair with the Automobile. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2000. ISBN 9780865714083. Combines a historical account of the dramatic negative social impact of the automobile with numerous practical ideas for individuals to adopt, along with the resulting positive social impacts. Find in a Library.

Athanasiou, Tom and Paul Baer. Dead Heat : Global Justice and Global Warming. New York : Seven Stories Press, 2002. ISBN: 1583224777 9781583224779 These authors demonstrate that inaction on global warming will cause social inequalities as well as an increased level of general suffering. While their proposed solutions differ little from those of other experts, they argue for ensuring that those solutions operate in a fair manner—guaranteeing both the poor and future generations their fair share. Find in a Library

Balish, Chris. How to Live Well without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2006. Concentrates on practical transportation measures, emphasizing the financial benefits of avoiding car ownership. Find in a Library.

Boschert, Sherry. Plug-In Hybrids : the Cars That Will Recharge America. Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers, ©2006. ISBN: 0865715718 9780865715714
Popular journalistic treatment of an alternative to the conventional automobiles. Find in a Library
Chiras, Daniel and David Wann. Superbia! : 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods. Gabriola, B.C. : New Society Publishers, 2003.
ISBN:            0865714908 9780865714908  Suburb-oriented practical ideas for near-term implementation. Find in a Library

Crawford, J.H. Carfree Cities. Utrecht: International Books, 2000. ISBN 9057270374. Crawford argues that the car is a technology that has run wild, turning North America into an “automobile slum”. He suggests that a good rapid-transit system would meet the needs of most city people and provides several examples of cities that have created such systems. Note: accompanying website: http://www.carfree.com/ includes many more resources on related topics. Find in a Library.

Durning, Alan Thein. The Car and the City : 24 Steps to Safe Streets and Healthy Communities. Seattle, WA: Northwest Environment Watch, 1996. ISBN 9781886093034. A brief, clear description of automobile-generated problems and some steps to mitigate them. Find in a Library.


Flores, H.C. Food Not Lawns : How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community. White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub. Company, ©2006. ISBN: 193339207X 9781933392073 9781933392073 Includes numerous references to how transportation systems can be integrated into a sustainable way of life. Find in a Library

Hasegawa, Yozo. Clean Car Wars: How Honda and Toyota are Winning the Battle of the Eco-Friendly Autos. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons (Asia), 2008. A popularly-written account of the intensifying competition over green automotive technologies. Find in a Library.

Hawken, Paul. Blessed Unrest : How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being, and Why No One Saw It Coming. New York : Viking, 2007. ISBN: 9780670038527 0670038520. Describing an unnameable conglomeration of movements to end injustice and defend the earth, Hawken presents no overall program but a strong sense of hope for the future like the mobilization of an immune system for the earth. Heady reading for those who despair for the future of humanity. Find in a Library

Kunstler, James. The Long Emergency : Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005. ISBN: 0871138883 9780871138880 Kunstler projects a “Dark Age” as the results of Peak Oil take hold, with collapsing suburbs and crumbling agribusiness. Pessimistic but includes ideas for action. Find in a Library

Ladd, Brian. Autophobia: Love and Hate in the Automotive Age. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780226467412 Ladd complements other studies of the negative impacts of cars by showing how the car is completely woven into the fabric of our culture and economy—“we have accepted the dark side of the automobile in exchange for personal mobility”. Find in a Library

McCarthy, Tom. Auto Mania: Cars, Consumers, and the Environment. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780300110388. The author describes this as “the first environmental history of the automobile”, showing how consumer desire (and manufacturer decisions) created impacts throughout the product life cycle from raw material extraction to manufacturing to consumer use to disposal. Find in a Library.

Register, Richard. Ecocities: Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2006. ISBN 9780865715523. Outlines plans for developing existing cities to lessen destructive environmental impacts and increase support of healthy social interaction. Includes a chapter on Access and Transportation. Find in a Library.

Sloman, Lynn. Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-Addicted Culture. White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub. Co., 2006. ISBN: 9781903998762. Escaping mass motorization through providing increased transportation choices, emphasizing a people-centered society. Provides numerous examples, mostly from Europe.
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Walljasper, Jay. The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking. Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers, c2007. ISBN: 9780865715813. A practical manual for ordinary citizens to reconstruct their own living areas, with numerous real life examples of success stories. Transportation is a major component. Find in a Library