This is my 4th year taking part in the Earth Hour, a global event aimed at raising awareness about sustainability issues.  This year, I have decided to write a daily post during the month leading to the event in order to share some thoughts about the environment and give tips the little changes we can make in our daily lives.  There will also be some guest posts by fellow bloggers who will share their own views on a topic related to the environment.  You can read my introductory post here and access the Earth Hour website here.

I encourage you to comment and share your own tips, ideas and experience.  In the last couple of days before the event I will do a few posts about what readers had to say.  I believe we can learn a lot by sharing!

The Christmas after I moved into my house, my little brother got me this wonderful little book.  My brother is a funny fellow, but there is one thing I can say about him: he is great at choosing the perfect books for me.

John Seymour, the author of The Concise Guide to Self-Sufficiency, which is edited by Will Sutherland, set up his own self-sustainable farm in Ireland in the 80s.  In 1992, he founded a School for Self-sufficiency with the help of his wife.  Since Seymour’s death his project has survived through the work of his wife and Will Sutherland.

This book has an agreeable format and is illustrated with old-fashioned drawings.  It will introduce you to various techniques and crafts that will help you to be more friendly to the environment in your way of living. 

To begin with, there is a chapter devoted to the meaning of self-sufficiency.  The next chapter is subsequent and discusses food from the garden.  This chapter introduces you to various growing methods, as well as varieties of vegetables and herbs.  It also introduces you to what you should do in your garden according to the seasons.  The next chapter focuses on foraging and how to keep animals for food. 

There is also a chapter dedicated to recipes and various methods you can use in the kitchen.  You can learn in it how to store, preserve, freeze and bottle.

Another chapter is dedicated to energy and waste.  Finally, you are introduced to various crafts and skills, such as basketry and building.

This book can act as a reference book or as a way to inspire you.  It is handy to use as each chapter has numerous sub-headings that will help you to find the information you look for easily.

Although not everything might be relevant to you, it is an interesting book to dip in.  It will assist you in beginning to become more self-sufficient and you will most certainly learn many eco-friendly techniques from it.