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Like no other Green Parenting book I have ever read, The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting is more like an Encyclopedia for the eco-conscious. - Green Mums Blog.

An environmental activist, journalist, urban farmer and mother of two, [Zion] is on a mission to ensure that her family has the smallest possible carbon footprint while persuading the rest of us to follow suit. The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting is a manifesto for environmentally conscious parents, with bar charts, graphs and tables explaining how to green up your child’s education, diet and emotional well-being. - Anna Tyzack, The Telegraph.

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When The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting landed on our desks we thought we knew what we were in for - except we didn't. And that's because journalist and mum of two Zion Lights has turned the cliched hippy dippy image of green mama mantras on its head and instead rammed her brilliant book with heaps of common sense and evidence-based facts...If you're looking for reassurance that you are doing the right thing, it's all here. - Gurgle Magazine.

More and more parents are thinking not just about what they can give their children as individuals, but about the kind of world they are creating for them. Zion brings together the latest peer-review science, looks at it practically and calmly, without being judgmental or preachy, simply helpful. I hope many parents will find this useful and reassuring. - Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party.

A science-based account of the ways we parents might be more green, and raise healthier children in the process. The whole book is written with a view to the larger society, which is good, since that's the society our children will have to live in. - Bill McKibben, co-founder of, author of Deep Economy.

Zion's book cuts straight through the noise and presents the best available science on green and naturally healthy parenting. The best part is that it's done in a practical, humorous and easy-to-understand way that any parent concerned about the environment and about their children's health can understand. - Scott Cooney, Author of Green Living Ideas and Founder of Pono Home.

A book of glorious clarity, offering parents the great tool of evidence-based wisdom. - Jay Griffiths, author of Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape.

As if being an ethical parent was not challenging enough, we are plagued by self appointed pundits playing on our insecurities. So hoorah for Zion Lights who applies the latest research evidence to the even most intractable myths around sleeping, diet and vaccination. The result is an indispensable guide loaded with sound advice. - George Marshall founder of the Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN), author of Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting is a refreshingly clear-headed and well researched practical guide to environmentally friendly parenting. Zion Lights is a wise, calm voice for new parents. She debunks the myths, and reminds us what is really important: children need care and time - not tonnes of stuff - to make them happy. Finally, a crystal-clear case for what many have suspected for years: green parenting is not for sentimentalists. It is the smart way to think about bringing up children if you care about their (and your) happiness. - David Bond, Director of Project Wild Thing.

There's no such thing as the perfect parent - or the perfect environmentalist (I speak from personal experience). But by doing a better job of caring for the planet, we can also do a better job of caring for our children. This is the argument of The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting, and it makes a clear, thought-provoking and persuasive case. - Tim Gill, writer on childhood.

Zion Lights' new book is a must read for people of all ages and all cultures. A very practical, fact-filled, wide-ranging, and easy to read book. Parents, teachers, and youngsters will learn a lot about how to make "the best and most sustainable/green choices" for themselves and for future generations. Topics range from green birth to travel to diet to toiletries and I continued to be amazed by the breadth and depth of Ms. Lights' latest work. I learned a lot from this forward looking book and I hope it enjoys a wide readership. - Marc Bekoff, author of Rewilding Our Hearts: Building pathways of Compassion and Coexistence.

Full of genuinely fascinating stuff, stuff realistically applicable to day to day life. Stuff which tells me there are options and not that there are rules. I like Zion's philosophy of doing what works for your family. I've no doubt the book will be a hit. - Sarah Turner, the Unmumsy Mum for Exeter Life.

In the climate-change era, our children need green parenting - and this well researched book shows how to do it. It offers easy-to-read, science-based options for greening the family. Kudos to Zion Lights for this comprehensive, informative, and indispensable green guide for parents! - Raffi Cavoukian, Member of the Order of Canada, singer, author, founder of the Centre for Child Honouring.

I enjoyed reading 'The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting' so much I didn’t want to stop. Parents like me have been waiting for this sort of sensible and wide-ranging book, and I’m just disappointed it wasn’t published when my teenagers were babies. I believe it will appeal as it’s based on sound science, and is well researched and referenced. Zion Lights outlines the available evidence where there are debates about a subject. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on travel, as, although it’s a parenting book, much of the content applies to all of us, whether parents of young children or not. - John Cossham, compost expert and children’s entertainer, winner of the Oxfam Carbon Footprint Competition in 2008.

Raising a family presents numerous challenges and dilemmas and trying to be green at the same time may just seem like extra pressure. But many adults aspire to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle as well as to do the best thing for their children.

The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting is the first book of its kind. Journalist, science writer and mother Zion Lights has researched all those questions that beset new or expecting parents – not just about environmental issues but also on approaches to parenting. She focuses on the scientific evidence rather than on the latest fad or personal anecdote and the result is a book that will help you adjust your lifestyle in practical ways that work for you and your child.

From birth to nutrition and from nappies to travel, advice based on research and evidence can guide the way. And the good news is that going green will not only help to save the planet and help to protect your child’s health, it will also result in a happier and more fulfilling family life.

Zion talks to environmental activist Rob Greenfield about green parenting.

About the Author

Zion Lights is a writer with a passion for science and the environment. She writes for and co-edits JUNO magazine and is a blogger for The Huffington Post and Green Living Ideas.

Zion is active on social media and can be contacted via her website or via the Twitter handle @ziontree.

ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-248-2
Publication date: September 2015
Dimensions: 236 x 181
Page extent: 176

Date added: September 1, 2015

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