April 25, 2012

Earth Week Solutions: Better Than We Found It: Simple Solutions to Some of the World's Toughest Problems

Better Than We Found It: Simple Solutions to Some of the World's Toughest Problems by Darrell Park is a very optimistic, hopeful book.

This book provides a straight forward and enjoyable approach to improving the world around us, making it clear how each of us can play a significant role in fixing those things that are broken. Better Than We Found It brings clarity to our problems and offers thoughtful solutions to fix what ails us. And, although some of these ideas carry big price tags like doubling the budget of every public school or expanding the Peace Corps to 100,000 volunteers, a surprising number cost little or nothing. Good government doesn't have to be pricey, and some ideas, like turning the Post Office into a bank for those without one, can even bring in a little revenue to our great country while improving people's lives. Other ideas such as the need to honestly assess our history and to fix the ten worst-performing states are painfully obvious, with not so obvious solutions. Some ideas, like training soldiers and aid workers together or preventing genocide by putting someone in charge of preventing it, can save thousands or even millions of lives, we just need to do our part to make it happen. Better Than We Found It will make you realize that America's problems can and will be fixed by ordinary people who care about their country.

So often, I hear people express their disillusionment with the United States and the problems we face politically, globally, and environmentally. Reading about simple solutions that everyday citizens can help to implement is refreshing and uplifting. This book is not all pie in the sky ideas. They might just be doable!

Park suggestions solutions to problems as grand and diverse as:

  • Ending homelessness by truly understanding it

  • Getting at-risk youth involved on positive community organizations

  • Using social media to prepare communities for emergency situations

  • Free electricity for every electric car

  • Ending poverty by recycling cans and bottles

I think it is human nature to read these ideas and think that couldn't work, or how why would my congress listen to my ideas. Park makes excellent cases for his ideas and leaves one wondering why our politicians don't think in similar turns.

20% of proceeds from this book are donated to charity.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at April 25, 2012 12:01 AM

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