There is no shortage of writing on the subject of green these days. Though coverage generally falls under militant, cynical or fluffy. None of it particularly applicable to the life of a normal human being with a day job, bills to pay and families or friends to attend to. So it was a real breath of fresh air reading Almost Green by journalist/author James Glave.
Glave lives on Bowen Island and is slated to speak at Interesting Vancouver. In advance of the event he kindly sent a copy of his book which arrived just in time for three days holed up in our cabin on a Labour Day long weekend of uninspiring weather.
In a nutshell, Almost Green is a a practical guide to the trials, tribulations, and satisfactions of making one's life a little more green as told through Glave's experience building a writers studio appropriately names the Eco Shed. It's a well written, revealing and personal tale of all the little things, equations, and choices it takes to live a life slightly less demanding on the planet we call home. At a time when skepticism and general fatigue is starting to kick in around the green space Almost Green is a refreshing post-modern-green tale that brings the issue home, literally.