Publications

Environmental Change-Makers offers booklets and how-to guides on various aspects of the transition to a lower-carbon, post-petroleum future.

ECONOMICS – The “Economic Resilience” series

10 Practical Tools for a Resilient Economy: A Toolkit for Grassroots Survival
Economic Resilience means building up your “bounce-back-ability” — putting in place the local resources and social interconnections that will help us flex and adapt with whatever the future throws our way.  Here are 10 Practical Tools available to grassroots Americans.  These are your survival kit for what lies ahead.  Here’s how to maintain a livelihood, feed the kids, and keep peace within your local community … at the same time as you are helping remake the world.
Economic Resilience booklet #12: 78 page ebook/pdf, $1.99 through ECM’s Scribd page

What Everyone Ought to Know about Today’s Economy
This booklet frankly explains how resource limitations, peak oil, the climbing costs of climate change, and biocapacity point to ongoing, unrelenting economic contraction … possibly for the rest of our lives. It provides background understanding for the “10 Practical Tools” booklet.
Ecomonic Resilience booklet #10:  36 pages, incl color diagrams
softcover $8.00 through ECM’s Etsy page
ebook/pdf, $1.99 through ECM’s Scribd page

FOOD GARDENING – The “Abundant Harvests” series

The Quest for Higher Yields
Why grow food?  Why is this such an important practice at this point in human history?  Abundant Harvests booklet #1 explains the questions in our minds as we funded the Community Garden at Holy Nativity.
Abundant Harvests booklet #1:  27 pages
softcover booklet $5.00 through ECM’s Etsy page or at ECM meetings

The Secrets of Soil Building
At the heart of every successful organic garden is rich, healthy, alive garden soil.  Here is our collected experience on how to build it, organically and low-input: compost, mulch, legumes, DIY soil testing, “fertilizer,” and much more.
Abundant Harvests booklet #2:  43 pages, incl diagrams
softcover booklet $5.00 through ECM’s Etsy page or at ECM meetings

Water Wisdom for High-Yield Gardens
Water is a precious resource, in our gardens and for life overall.  Yet our conventional systems treat water like a waste product.  This booklet covers water conservation, watering techniques, grading, water-wise edibles, rainwater harvesting, greywater, and more.
Abundant Harvests booklet #7:  42 pages, incl diagrams
softcover booklet $5.00 through ECM’s Etsy page or at ECM meetings

Vegetable Crop Rotation Wheel
Farmers rotate their crops for pest management and to help build soil fertility.  Our Crop Rotation Wheel makes it easy!  Specifically designed for Southern California’s year-round growing season, it comes with plant list and full instructions.
Full-color cardstock wheel, $19 through ECM’s Etsy page or at ECM meetings

Free garden guides
You can download pdf versions of many of our handouts, including
* “Do-It-Yourself soil tests”
* “How to get rid of Bermuda grass”
* “How to make your garden GMO-free”
free pdf downloads through ECM’s Scribd page

COMMUNITY-BUILDING

Your Community Garden: Tips for Success
At the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, we are often visited by teams who wish to start a garden of their own.  They ask us for ‘best practices’ and recommendations on how to be successful. Recently, we compiled this booklet for a group of churches.
ECM booklet #15:  32 pages, incl many color photos
softcover $5.00 through ECM meetings
ebook/pdf, $1.99 through ECM’s Scribd page

Environmental Change-Making: What You Can Do in Your Local Community
The story of our group: what we do, why we do it, and how we do it, so that your community can do it too. The book lays out the principles upon which our group was founded, such as sustainability, local focus, inclusiveness, and offering a peer group to environmentally-minded people. The book offers an integrated explanation of major environmental issues including global warming and peak oil. With tips on group management and running a fun and dynamic meeting, as well as a selection of handouts on environmental solutions used by the Change-Makers, Environmental Change-Making is a “how to” kit for your local community.
180 page softcover book, perfect bound, with black & white illustrations and diagrams
$30 at ECM meetings

Free community-building guides
You can download pdf versions of many of our handouts, including
* “7 Things your group can do to help create a livable future”
free pdf downloads through ECM’s Scribd page

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