What Can I Do?
An Alphabet for Living
Introduction by Roger Payne
"If ever a book could change the world, this is it. No more excuses for wringing our hands in powerless despair while the planet dies. In this treasure chest of information, Lisa Harrow has given every one of us a mighty weapon. Get out there and use it!"
—Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer
Hundreds of Great Ideas!
Concern for the health of our planet led award-winning actress Lisa Harrow and her husband, internationally renowned whale biologist Roger Payne, to create the performance piece Lessons from Copernicus. But Lisa and Roger found that, following performances of their show, audience members frequently wanted to know: What can I do to help? What can we all do to stop the destructive impact of our current way of life?
What Can I Do? is Lisa's response, a guidebook on how to take action. What Can I Do? initially accompanied performances of Lessons from Copernicus as a resource for audiences to take home. Its immediate success led Lisa to expand the guide for public and educational use.
Now available to the general public, What Can I Do? is at once practical and charming. The book is written as "An Alphabet for Living," providing readers with an extensive annotated list of Web sites where anyone can begin to explore the practices of sustainable living. Each site in the book has been selected for its wealth of information and links, and each serves as a valuable tool for finding fresh ways to view the world and live gently in it.
A wonderful resource for both new and renewed interest in sustainable living, What Can I Do? makes a great gift. The advice inside covers a broad array of subjects: from stopping the junk mail in your mailbox to reaping the economic and social benefits of green business; from buying sustainably harvested seafood to donating and recycling your obsolete electronics; from finding local food producers to getting your town to turn garbage into soil-improving compost.
See Lisa's practical advice for environmentally-minded people on the web. Visit whatcanidousa.org.
Lisa Harrow and Roger Payne have written and performed a companion performance to What Can I Do? entitled SeaChange: Reversing the Tide. This play offers an exposé of the consequences of humanity's current indifference to natural laws. It includes the poetry of Shakespeare, Shelley, Robert Frost, Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, and others. Visit www.seachangeinstitute.org to watch an excerpt of their performance.