Author(s): Archie Duncanson (illus Roy Chadwick)
Ecologist Archie Duncanson set his heart on being a writer when he was a boy. Disappointed by his teenage attempts at fiction, he gave up.
Then, driven by his passion for the environment, he finally committed pen to paper and wrote his first book at the age of 40.
First published in 1989 Ecology Begins at Home is recognised as a standard reference book for people who want to make simple changes in their lives at home.
The most important single book any citizen of the planet can read on environmental issues… amazingly clear and simple … immensely empowering … bursting with creativity and the fun of exploring. Pierre Pradervand, author of The Gentle Art of Blessing, in Cygnus Books reviews, April 2009.
An essential guide to low-impact living … easy steps we can all take at home to reduce our impact on the planet. Friends of the Earth, Scotland, 2006.
Read it in one sitting and fell in love with it … fun, immediately rewarding, and easy enough to do right this minute, Community Regeneration, Rodale Institute, USA, 1990.
Easy to read … practical little book. Archie use[s] the choices he makes to change the world. The Environment Centre, Swansea, Wales, 2009
An invaluable guide to reducing one’s impact … riveting… [for] even the most hardened environmentalist, Environment Magazine, UK, 2006.
The best book yet on how to green your lifestyle …makes the whole subject very clear and understandable. Permaculture Magazine UK, 2005.
Inspirational… within minutes I was implementing changes … If you are finding it hard to persuade family members, this book’s non-preachy methods might just work! Green ParentMagazine, UK, 2005.
The most genially simple and concrete guide to practical ecology out today. Should be spread in massive editions, not the least to children, who easily understand it and who are usually less habit-bound than we adults. Swedish Library Service 1990.