Troy University professor offers a diet that preaches conservation

Posted: Monday, 12 May 2008

SEATTLE, WASH. – Troy University professor Dr. Jonathan Harrington is interested in saving the planet for his young daughter Kela.

His plan do that can be found in his newly published book “The Climate Diet: How You Can Cut Carbon, Cut Costs & Save the Planet,” published by Earthscan and distributed by Stylus Publishing of Sterling, Va.

“The first and foremost message of my book is that we only have one realistic option to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in the short time we have available before the climate system reaches a tipping point,” said Dr. Harrington. “That option is conservation.”

“The Climate Diet” helps the average citizen make life more eco-friendly and lower the “carbon footprint” in daily activities.

“Instead of taking the kids to the mall, why not enjoy a quiet evening at home? Turn off your TV. Reconnect with your family … don’t let marketers and advertisers run your life,” he said.

Spurred into the movement by a aunt and uncle who have been active in the environmental movements since the 1970s, Harrington, who holds a doctorate in political science and international relations from Loyola University of Chicago, believes that parents have a moral obligation to take personal responsibility for “our own contribution to this growing problem.”

“The book details hundreds of easy – and mostly cost free – lifestyle changes that any family can implement to reduce their carbon footprint by as much as 40 percent,” he said.

According to Dr. Harrington, in North America home heating and cooling is the largest household contributor to climate change and advocates that using a programmable thermostat, sealing and insulating a home and adjusting the home’s temperature can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “The Climate Diet” offers families practical steps to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Dr. Harrington is an associate professor of international relations at Troy University’s University College. An experienced teacher and expert on environmental politics and policy, Jonathan has been educating students and the public about development and environmental issues for more than 15 years. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on environment and development related topics. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Dr. Harrington has spent many years living and working in East Asia and has travelled to more than 35 countries. He has hosted, organized and spoken at international conferences in Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United States. He will be available at a book-signing event June 5 at Capitol Books in Montgomery.

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

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