Jon Biemer, author of OUR ENVIRONMENTAL HANDPRINTS: Recover the Land, Reverse Global Warming, Reclaim the Future (Rowman & Littlefield; April 22, 2021)

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Our Environmental Handprints

Recover the Land, Reverse Global Warming, Reclaim the Future

Praise for Our Environmental Handprints:

“This is a heartfelt entreaty from a retired energy conservation consultant to do something, anything, to alleviate the environmental damage wrought by previous generations. Thoroughly grounded in reality, author Biemer’s exhortations come across as reassuring, emphasizing the differences even tiny gestures make. . . This ends up almost as a how-to manual, with every chapter ending with a challenge: “How will you honor the soil?”; “How will you become a steward of our oceans?”. The multiple solutions make the lessons go down easily, and the concluding sections highlight international economic and political initiatives and individuals who are effecting change. Biemer’s final message is that success is within our grasp. Readers should be inspired, informed, and ready to go!”

— Booklist, Starred Review


You care about the environment—the world you live in, and the world you are going to leave behind for future generations. Perhaps you already avoid wasting energy and buying more things than you need – reducing your Ecological Footprint. Yet there is a limit, given your family and circumstances. What can you do that will truly help heal our planet?

Our Environmental Handprints is the first book to fully explore your “Handprint” – how you can create sustainability in your life and in the world. Your Handprint is limited only by your imagination. The good you do can be greater than your Footprint. It is time to put more energy into your Handprint!

Here, Jon Biemer draws our attention to proven strategies across the spectrum. We make a difference with the choices we make about the clothing we buy, the investments we make, and even the food we choose to eat. Handprint Thinking applies to shelter (eco-remodeling and LEED buildings), motion (electric cars and living without a car), and earth-friendly energy. He provides 175 proven Handprint suggestions that will help readers align their interests, lifestyle, and motivations toward a more sustainable earth.

Jon Biemer has more than forty years of experience creating sustainability including Repair Cafes, Free Cycling, Village Building Convergences, and ballot initiatives for Outdoor School and Clean Energy. Biemer is a mechanical engineer and holds a certificate in Process-oriented Psychology. He has managed utility energy conservation programs and now provides Organizational Development consulting to non-profits. He offsets his Carbon Footprint and buys resale clothing. In 2013 he walked the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route from Alberta to Nebraska with the Compassionate Earth Walk. Over the years, Jon and his wife have planted food forests, eco-remodeled their home, and lived without a power clothes dryer, refrigerator and car.

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