Title: The Ten Minute Activist: Easy Ways to Take Back the Planet
Author: The Mission Collective
Illustrator: Lloyd Dangle
Release Date: December 29, 2006
Publisher: Nation Books
Finished Reading: June 27, 2014
About: “Our planet is in trouble. Global warming, natural disasters, 9/11, and a war abroad have left many Americans feeling uneasy with the state of our own lives and the security of the planet. We know that life cannot be sustained at the current rate of consumption, yet it is easy to succumb to helplessness and apathy. But if making a difference only required ten minutes of our time a day, how many more people would try?
Illustrated by syndicated cartoonist Lloyd Dangle, The Ten Minute Activist shows how even the busiest person can make a positive change. From buying organic milk and bison to switching from free trade to fair trade, from choosing a Socially Responsible Investing retirement plan to carpooling with colleagues, The Mission Collective has complied the most up-to-date information on energy conservation, global warming, wild-life preservation, community building, spiritual awareness, and political action. The Ten Minute Activist informs and inspires with easy acts that can truly have a positive impact.”
I bought this book for $.50 at a book sale through the local library. It’s been sitting on my floor with the rest of the mountain of books that I just had to have. I needed a book to read coming off of Running Like a Girl. I chose this one. It looked small. I don’t really consider myself to be a tree-hugger or hippie-dippy, but I definitely recycle, use canvas bags when grocery shopping, and donate my old clothes and home goods to Goodwill. (I’ve even been considering composting.) I went in to this book trying to find other cool ways to make the world a better place. (My Miss America speech.)
The format of this book is pretty cool. The longest section is about two pages. The sections are succinct. They tell you a problem and exactly how you can fix it. While some of their solutions seem really low-scale, if everyone did their part, it makes a huge difference. (Every bit counts, right?) For example, one section tells you that you should be eliminating the use of harsh cleaners. And you’re thinking, probably like me, Now, how am I supposed to keep the house clean without using deep-cleaning products?. The Mission Collective throws in simple concoctions to make that do the job just as well as bleach or harsh cleaners. Whenever a website or book is referenced, we are given the website address, the book title, the author, so that we can check it out and get more information. (After all, knowledge is power, amiright?) There are funny, apropos cartoons interrupting the monotony of mini chapters. The art work is really nice and subtly introduces you to liking environmental rights cartoons. (They’re so sneaky that way. I CARE?!)
My problem with the book? I only have a couple. One: There are two typos. How this got by the five people part of The Mission Collective and whoever else is part of the publication process, is beyond me. It irks me because their message is so strong and powerful, but simple things like misspellings call into minor question their credibility. However, I overlooked these. The other problem: their solutions are narrowed to a certain group with certain socioeconomic status. I saw this book as geared toward the upper-middle class. While, I’m not complaining, everyone needs to help out, I just wish that they were more assessable by a wider range of social status.
My rating and why: I rated this four stars! I finished reading it and I really enjoyed it. On the same day I finished this book, I recommended it to a friend. I really like some of the ideas in the book. They’re pretty simple adjustments that can be made to everyday activities. I made smiley faces in the margins to all the “yes!” statements I agreed with. Yes, the above talked about spiritual and political change, but it didn’t dive super deep into either, which I was totally A-Okay with. And another cool thing: since the chapters are so small, you can knock out three or more in a ten-minute sitting!
So, what do you think? Are you ready to save the planet? Do you believe small things make big impacts? Do you think this book is full of propaganda? What do you do to help out? Let me know in the comments below! Like. Comment. Follow. New book review to come out every Monday.
Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!