For over a decade, Christopher Gavigan has been dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. Gavigan's academic efforts focused on environmental science and geography, and graduate work in both education and child psychology. He has worked as an ecology and sciences professor in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and a child and family holistic interventionist, aswell as founding Pinnacle Expeditions—an outdoor leadership program.
Gavigan currently serves as the Chief Executive Office/Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World, the leading nationalnon-profit dedicated to protecting the heath and well-being of children from harmful environmental exposures. Under hisleadership, Gavigan has launched impactful public awareness campaigns reaching millions, has executed a new strategic vision for the organization and has successfully established values-based messaging and collaborative relationships with over 30 social and environmentally driven business partners. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Jessica Capshaw, and their young son.
Teach your kids to be eco-conscious and spark their imagination with 101 interactive science, food and craft-based activities in Grow Your Own Tree Hugger. Each of the activities in this easy-to-follow book includes step-by-step instructions you can use to pass on sensible sustainable living behaviors your child will understand and enjoy. Among the 101 activities to choose from:Teach pesticide-free pest control by hosting a special event to release ladybugs into the garden Create a new tie-dyed T-shirt or easy-sew beach bag from recycled garments and accessories Explore alternative energy by making a solar oven that really works Perfect for children ages 4 to 10, each activity includes a chat point for discussion, plus hundreds of websites for furthering your sustainable knowledge.
Learn to Grow Your Own Tree Hugger - Our Planet is Counting on You!
NOT GOT MUCH TIME?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience.
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of environmentally friendly parenting.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Other books tell us how to live the good life—but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace, and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.
Written from the perspective of a family who has already made this transition, Making Home shows readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more—more happiness, more security, and more peace of mind. Learn simple but effective strategies to:
We must make fundamental changes to our way of life in the face of ongoing economic crisis and energy depletion. Making Home takes the fear out of this prospect, and invites us to embrace a simpler, more abundant reality.
Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher, blogger, and farmer whose family uses eighty percent less energy and resources than the average American household. She is a member of the board of directors of ASPO-USA, founder of the Riot 4 Austerity, and the author of three previous books, including Depletion and Abundance and Independence Days.