Read This Guidebook
"Changing the world is a team sport," says the introduction to Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century. "And there's a spot on that team for everyone on the planet." It's in that spirit that this 608-page heir to the Whole Earth Catalog lays out countless ways that we can help create a sustainable future. Under sections like "Stuff" and "Shelter," it introduces readers to concepts like biomorphic architecture, zero-energy homes, and designing for disassembly. But mostly it gets you thinking: Why is our footprint so big? And how can we make it smaller?
This story appears in the December 25, 2006 print edition of U.S. News & World Report.