Live Sustainably Now: A Low-Carbon Vision of the Good Life

Karl Coplan (Author)

Product Details

Columbia University Press
Publish Date
December 31, 2019
6.1 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Karl Coplan is professor of law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where he directs its environmental litigation clinic. He is a coauthor of Introduction to Environmental Law: Cases and Materials on Water Pollution Control (second edition, 2016). Coplan is also a member of the board of directors of Waterkeeper Alliance, a global network of clean water advocates.


Karl Coplan's vision for living an ethical, meaningful, and sustainable life in the face of the climate crisis is an inspiration to all those who care about the environment. Without losing sight of the need for collective global corporate and governmental action, he shows us that it is possible to enjoy life and have fun without sacrificing the future of the planet for the instant gratification many of us have come to expect from life in the twenty-first century.--Tatiana Schlossberg, former New York Times science writer and author of Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have
A paralytic feeling can come when deeply confronting the global nature of climate change, given how a multitude of dispersed human activities are contributing to worldwide shifts in climate and coastal patterns that will build and persist for centuries. In this educational, entertaining account, Karl Coplan, law professor and long-distance sailor, argues for and, better yet, demonstrates a completely different kind of reaction--passionate engagement in shaping a fulfilling and fun low-carbon life.--Andrew Revkin, former New York Times environmental writer and director of the Initiative on Communication & Sustainability, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Talking the environmental talk is one thing, but if you want to walk the walk, too, Karl Coplan's book will tell you how to do it and how to do it happily.--Colin Beavan, author of How To Be Alive and No Impact Man
In clear prose, sometimes taking a colloquial turn, Coplan walks the reader through questions of individual culpability for global warming, ranging--quite usefully, in my view--between philosophical abstractions and quantifiable realities of daily life. He balances theory and practice with aplomb.--Mark Hineline, author of Ground Truth: A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home
Coplan reminds us that low-carbon living not only contributes to the cultural shift required for systems-level change, but is satisfying, meaningful, and fun.--Peter Kalmus, climate scientist and author of Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution
Part how-to guide, part entertaining memoir.--Mongabay