How to Save the World For Free

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This is a much needed book that I hope finds its way into homes, and perhaps more importantly libraries,  across the globe. Proof that environmentalism need not just be for the upper and middle classes, everyone can and should do their part.
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As I am personally trying to change my lifestyle and being more environmentally conscious, I found this book really insightful and well researched.

Despite knowing quite a lot of the topics covered,I got to know new tips that I can use on a daily basis.

I would totally recommend this book for ‘newbies’, a perfect gift for a birthday or for Christmas!
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Extremely useful! As someone that already has a big interest in living more sustainably, I’ve come across quite a few books that repeat the same general tips. This book was totally different. It dove deep while still covering a lot of aspects. Would recommend for both newbies in the world of trying to do good things for the planet, and also hard core activists. I’ll be buying a few copies of this for Christmas presents this year I think.
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This is a book that fits well with Greta Thunberg's current campaigns & the focus on the environment. It's easy to read & understand and has some very practical tips. Not everything is doable all at once but if we each make a small change, those small changes add up to big changes.
It is split into sections looking at the impact on the oceans, forests, atmosphere etc and then tackles how we can make small differences with what we eat, what we use etc. 
It definitely makes you think ... 

Disclosure: I received this book free via NetGalley, . All opinions are my own
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This is a great book on environmentalism. I liked the approach and it shows that in many cases, it doesn't cost a fortune to be environmentally friendly.
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I really enjoyed this book. I have been learning a lot recently about the environmental impact or plastics, recycling or lack of it. It's both eye opening and fascinating. I always thought I was a fish swimming upstream. I dind't know how to make changes that would truly benefit the world we live in. How could I as one person make an impact. But that's the thing with this book. Its engaging and uplifting. I'm not just one person I am one of many. I already use water bottles that are reuseable and bamboo trtavel mugs for my coffee. I switched my coffee for recyceable containers and grounds. I give coffee grounds to family and friends for their allotments.
 I have most recently read a few really good books about plastics, marine life and how we can help. I have even been looking at truly rececyleable brush heads for my oral b toothbrushes as we have 4 of them for the family. It's not easy trying to make a change but the tips and tricks that Natalie shares in htis book really are great. I feel that some are easier to implement than others, some we as a family are already doing but others, hadn't even occurred to me and there are changes that I will try and make going forward. 
This book is user friendly and not at all overwhelming like some books on this subject can be. I read some of it with my girls are talked about the changes we can make. It has made them think about how we are using things and how mindless our shopping can be, the first change they wanted to make was cutting out palm oil (chocolate spread from sustainable sources) which for a 7 and 8 year old is pretty huge. The second was the bamboo coffee mugs and reuseable water bottles. We now buy our juice in large containers and split it into their bottles for school lunches instead in buying little cartons. Ideas that were generated by Natalies brilliant book!
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A timely release with the current publicity surrounding Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion movement, How to Save the World For Free by Natalie Fee is a well researched and referenced guide to how you can use positive action, one step at a time, to play your part in turning climate change around.  

Simply, and terrifyingly, Fee explains the current situation, but her aim is not to make you feel guilty, ashamed or not good enough, instead she emphasises the importance of wellbeing, creativity and connection, and doing what feels most doable.  Her suggestions are low-effort and low-cost so that anyone can make at least some of the changes.  

This is essential reading for everyone on the planet, and as well as instigating changes in my own life, I'll be buying several copies for friends and family.
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My thanks to Laurence King Publishing Ltd for a digital edition via NetGalley of ‘How to Save the World for Free’ by Natalie Fee in exchange for an honest review.

Written by environmental campaigner Natalie Fee, this is a guide on how to make small practical changes in our everyday lives in order to help the environment and save the planet.

It opens with a section on ‘seven things we need to save’ that includes the oceans, rivers, trees, the soil, the air, plants and animals and us. After this she breaks down key areas where we can make changes including food and drink, clothing, finance, travel, to using the bathroom, exercising, relaxing, our intimate lives, voting and getting involved in the wider world. 

I found this quite interesting and certainly useful. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed by the problems facing the world and helpless to effect change. I felt that she was proposing changes that were both effective and possible to do.

She freely admits that not all her proposed changes are free though many are. It is a positive, uplifting book. 

Reading through the various sections I was able to see the areas where I was ticking the boxes as well as where I needed to improve and new areas to implement change in my life.

I feel that it would be a perfect book for families to open up discussions about the environment and to implement changes together. 

Overall a practical and educational guide that I happily recommend.
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Despite a rather depressive topic this book nicely combines pleasure of reading with effectiveness of learning. It is mainly due to a very approachable "youthful" style and clear content layout. Actually, we start off directly with a conclusion, namely, "Saving the world can be much more fun than you could ever imagine". This puts the whole topic into a completely different frame than in most other publications on this theme. 
At the same time, it rises the bar for the author to a pretty high level. Fortunately, for me, extensive expectations are fulfilled almost in 100%. The book is packed with loads of small, middle-sized and huge actions that practically everyone can apply to save our natural environment, so your motivation really gets a boost. And... Yes, it is true that one complete long chapter is about sex life. 
A little drawback I found is that the list of "People and Movements to Follow" is not published at author's webpage and the list of references "Downloads & extras" at https://www.laurenceking.com/product/how-to-save-the-world-for-free/  doesn't contain hyperlinks, but just plain text. And the link to 80000hours.org isn't mentioned anywhere. Overall, I strongly recommend this book simply to everybody.
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I was excited about How to Save the World For Free by Natalie Fee. Who doesn’t want to help save the world? However, I was unfortunately unimpressed by this book.
The first section of this book is a brief overview of the state of Earth, and the primary elements we need to focus on saving (surprise, it’s basically everything!). The second half of the book consists of bullet pointed tips for saving the world as you move through your daily life. I appreciated that these were all actionable items, and this could be a great starting place for someone who has not ever tried to change their habits. However, I had a few gripes with her approach.
1. The title: MANY of her suggestions were not actually free: they often involved buying products that would cost a lot of money up front (e.g. offsetting flights, buying organic foods, filtration bottles, reusable mugs, period underwear). Even if those will eventually pay off and result in less money being spent in the long run, many people do not have an abundance of extra cash to invest in these purchases. Saying that these are free ways to save the world feels like the book version of click-bait. Also, she doesn’t mention anything about just making do with products you already have, rather than buying an abundance of “eco-friendly” products that still involve waste and plastic. 
2. Too many suggestions: Without distinguishing which ones were very important changes and which ones were relatively insignificant, it was hard for me to tell where I should focus my energy, time, and money.
3. Simplifications of complex situations: I think that some suggestions required more nuance than was possible within the format of the book, e.g. telling people who need straws for medical reasons that they should just bring their own straws, suggesting that people fly economy to take up less space without considering larger-bodied individuals, or discussing the use of sea sponges without detailing the many possible negative outcomes. 
4. Individual changes vs. industry changes: Fee puts a lot of the burden on the individual, bringing up things like people-powered movements and the impact that each of us can have on the planet. I agree that these changes can make a large impact with time and dedication. But there is MUCH more to saving the world than buying eco-friendly products. The book ended up feeling like superficial changes to make yourself feel better about your individual impact, rather than addressing necessary industrial changes. I appreciated the small section at the end of the book on saving the world when you vote, but that just wasn’t enough for me.
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Topical, funny and user-friendly. 
Whether you are already trying to be green (beyond recycling correctly that is) or whether this is all new to you, there will be something to learn and take away. 
Let's start with a staggering fact though: "In the case of straws, coffee cups, lids and stirrers, we're using a material which lasts forever, to make things we'll use for only a few seconds." 
So yes, there is a problem. With plastic and many, many other aspects of our every day life. 
While you may not be able to go out and buy a full new wardrobe of bamboo clothing tomorrow (that would not be free AND be wasting the clothes you have already), there are lots of things to take from the book, and many more mental notes to take for the future as well. 
From eating (it takes 180 showers' worth of water to make a single pound of beef) to travel, to sex and porn (yes, you read that right), there are things we can change in every aspect of our lives. 
The truth about the state of our planet is sad, but you will have some laugh-out-loud moments reading this!
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This is an amazing, practical guide of how to begin to make changes in your life, small changes that aren’t hard but will make a difference to the planet. It’s hard to know where to start and that’s where this book is so useful, full of practical suggestions, great chapters and subheading for different sections, it’s easy to navigate and even easier to understand. Yes, not all is completely free, but will save you money long term and more importantly could help save the planet. Great practical and moral help.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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A concise environmental read outlining changes you can make to become more eco-friendly in all areas of your life! 

I really liked the section about being sustainable in regards to having periods, and I loved that the wording was inclusive to trans people who have them too. I thought there were a lot of good ideas in here, and I thought that how the book was organised into different areas of our lives was a really good idea. 

I think my main gripe with this book is that the majority of suggestions in this book weren't free at all. For a book that is literally called 'How to Save the World for Free', you'd think the emphasis would be on things that really are free and accessible to people who aren't middle class. However this wasn't really the case so I felt a bit betrayed. There was a part in the book that I thought illustrated this well, where the author talks about having instruments around the home and how they bought a second hand piano off of the site Gumtree. Most working class people do not have the spare funds to do this sort of thing, do not have the space in their house, and nor is this in any way 'free'. 

Another issue I had with the book, was its attitude towards disability and straws. I liked that disabilities were acknowledged in regards to straw bans, but I think the information towards it was half baked and missed out a lot of the main issues. For example, most alternatives to plastic straws aren't usable by most people by disabilities who need straws, for a multitude of reasons. I also have heard stories from disabled people where they've been shouted at for asking for a plastic straw due to the widespread negativity associated with them and ignorance towards disability issues. Although the impact of eating fish was mentioned, I think perhaps it would have been good to emphasise how much more important cutting out fish is than straws. It's really important for societal change to be inclusive.

My other criticisms of the book would be that I don't think the part about sex added anything to the book. I didn't learn anything from it, and it felt like it was only added to be a bit edgy. If it was going to be included, I think more detail about making your own, lubes etc. is important as that is definitely something that can go wrong and it read as very vague. Additionally, the humour in the book just fell flat to me.

Overall, I learnt a couple new things that I will try to apply to my lifestyle from now on. I do think it's more a case of finding a few gems in the dirt, with a lot of the suggestions neither being free nor realistic. I think it was worth the read though, definitely if you're new to the environmental movement, although please don't let reading about peeing in a bottle put you off making changes!! Making changes doesn't need to be that extreme.

I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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This is probably more of a 3.5? I'm unsure what to rate this, especially since there were some parts I agreed with and some parts I really didn't. So, I'm just going to do a list which is the way I normally do my reviews lately: 

Things I Didn't Like - 

- It was trans-inclusive in the language used to refer to menustration, which is a good thing, but the studies it linked too were women-orientated which felt like it was defeating the point of including trans people in the first place. As a non-binary person myself, I felt excluded from the conversation. I wouldn't have minded so much if there was a point where this was called to attention, like "sorry for the very cis studies I've linked, these were the only ones available" but that wasn't the case 
- SUPER ableist. Which is especially annoying, because I can see the author really did try to include us (disabled people), especially when the topic of straws came up. However, for some disabled people, plastic straws are really the only option available to them and there are far more serious issues at hand such as the fishing industry (which was talked about, but that's what is hurting the sea turtles more than straws ever would). The author just kept missing it, so the end result was still ableist. 
- It felt like the book was aimed at people who aren't me. People who aren't disabled, or trans, or poor, for example. I don't want to be excluded because I really do want to help but it bothers me that everyone else gets handed this information and I have to alter things to fit me - yay, I'm good at puzzle solving and working things out on my own, but I shouldn't always HAVE to, you know? 
- Super white vegan-y. I'm not even against being vegan but, if you know you know. 

Things I Did Like - 

- It brought up things I hadn't really considered before, even after studying this as part of my diploma. I like that it made me think about these things. Most I had already heard of, but other people would probably not have without having the opportunities that I have had to learn about these things. 
- It was split up into beautifully tidy sections and gave you a lot of different options for you to consider to help the planet. I don't even think you need to do every single one of them if you can't, but doing ANY is doing better than you were before 
- I like that it gives you a lot of options and it also includes resources you can find online to acquire even more information and, even though this book was abundant in information, it's always nice to be able to find more in your own time and do your own research (plus, it makes me feel smart)

So, would I reccomend this book? Yes. Could this book be improved upon? Also, yes. Ultimately, though, the message of saving the planet is really important and we can all do something to help the situation. Maybe if enough anger develops in individuals, politicians will be pressured to actually do something alongside major industries. We are in a climate crisis, things are urgent and, as always, follow Greta Thurnberg!

* I was given a free copy by NetGalley in exchange for a review, a review on my blog will be available soon *
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You think you know everything about climate change. Well think again! 
This informative book taught me a think or two. The first section is on how the world is falling into the crisis. From deforestation to eroding soil. 
The second part is more on the way we can make a change. 
If everyone only did 5-10 things listed in the book imagine what a better world could could live in. 
Well done Natalie Fee on a fabulous book.
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If you’re looking for a simple book which succinctly sums up the growing problem of climate change and how you can help, this is an excellent book to start with. If you’ve never considered the environmental impact your lifestyle has on the planet, then this book will probably be a real eye opener and will enable you to make lots of small changes which are beneficial to the planet. However, anyone who already makes an effort to minimise the impact their lifestyle choices have on the environment will probably learn nothing new from this book.

One issue I do have with the book is the catchy title “For Free” but I think “How to save the world and save money” would have been a truer title. Many of the lifestyle changes are indeed free. Some require an upfront cost, which will save you money in the long term. However, some suggestions, like opting for organic food or buying organic disposable sanitary pads, are generally more costly.
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This is a short, helpful book on ways to make a real difference for the world and environment in all different ways, from at play to in politics. There's even a section on how to save the world in the bedroom. While a lot of the tips were standard for me (though not some of the bedroom ones), I've been an environmentalist for a long time and would expect as much.

Fee is cheerful and enthusiastic, and while she gives sobering, saddening and infuriating information throughout the book, the ultimate take-away is that change is really possible and all of us can make a difference.

I especially appreciated the last section, on how to change the world through politics. She gives real examples of ways that groups of people have changed democracy and our corrupt political system, and gives lots of organizations to follow.

My one criticism is that most of the book is along the lines of what some modern environmentalists deem "wreck the world slower" advice compared to action that actually improves the world. If you want more hardcore suggestions, I suggest reading through the forums on permies.com.
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A helpful, can-do guide on all of the little ways you can help the environment. Yes, industry and governments could have a much greater effect, but if you make changes, and I make changes, and my neighbour makes changes, and your friends make changes we can all make a different. The planet is dying. Here are a few ways to save it, one actionable item at a time.
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Before I start to discuss details, I just want to say that it is a wonderful book. 
Book that every teenager should read so that their behaviour is modified for good and we may collectively stem the damage being done to our planet.
Almost all we know we need to act to save planet and ourselves; but few know how late we are already and possibly entering a phase from where things would be irreversible.
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Book is simple, enjoyable, crisp and divided into relevant chapters.
You learn that without spending too much money, we can still contribute when we are living our normal lives.
Just a few changes in your daily routines can help all animal and plant species a lot.
Data is presented in simplified way.
At certain instances author has used humour to good effect.
I will certainly like all my friends to read and connect to rebels who can see past capitalism to preserve and possibly rejuvenate our planet.
So that we don't need Mars missions to save us.
Thanks netgalley and publisher for review copy.
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Many apologies but I cannot give feedback on this as it does not download to kindle and my ways of reading the document will not open the file so sadly I cannot review it. I will therefore put it down as a 5 star as I cannot judge it myself.
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