Synopses & Reviews
In our culture, pregnancy, birth, and childrearing are deeply connected to consumption and resource use. From the baby shower to the minivan and the larger apartment or first house, the baby-raising years are the most hyper-consumptive of our lives, and can set a family on an unsustainable track for years to come.
The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby shows how to raise a child with little to no carbon footprint. This timely book covers every issue new parents face, including pregnancy (what kind of birth has the lowest impact?); what to feed your baby (breastfeed, formula, or both?); childcare (who should take care of the baby, and how?); and of course, diapering. Using a mix of personal anecdotes, summarized research, and clear guidance on how to pursue the most sustainable baby-rearing options, environmental expert and new mom Keya Chatterjee has authored the ultimate resource for all new parents with green inclinations.
"In this helpful guide, Chatterjee (director for international climate policy at the World Wildlife Fund) mixes suggestions for raising a baby with a minimal carbon footprint with success stories from her child-rearing experience and that of her friends. She begins with a 2010 quote from the National Academy of Sciences that 'the Earth system is warming and... much of this warming is very likely due to human activities' and proceeds from that point, stressing her concern for the world her son will inherit. The book covers issues including nesting, prenatal care and birth, baby gear, diapers, food, and broader issues such as appropriate family size and environmental activism. Chatterjee's perspective is that of an urban working mother and thus the bulk of her suggestions center on this lifestyle. However, she offers recommendations for families in other situations, including those who live in rural areas. She makes clear which choices have the greatest impact on reducing a carbon footprint and is supportive of parents making whichever choices are possible in their unique situations. The one surprising omission is a discussion of stay-at-home parents. Still, the book should prove valuable to all parents who are concerned about reducing the environmental impact of raising children. Agent: Diana Finch, Diana Finch Literary Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
We place our first carbon footprints on the earth before we can even walk. This brilliant book shows how we can help create a habitable planet for our children to set foot on.”Ed Begley, Jr.
Kids born today will grow up amidst an accelerating warming of our earth. So it makes sense that their parents, intent on showing them many forms of their love, will make a serious effort to slow that warming down!”Bill McKibben, 350.org
”If you are parent, or an expectant one, and care about the world we leave our children, then read this book. It will change the way you view your role as both a parent and a citizen of planet Earth.”Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor, Penn State University and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
The Zero Footprint Baby is a fantastic resource for parents who want to raise a healthy, happy family while keeping our planet healthy and happy too. Keya is a wonderful example of a dedicated momma doing the best for her childrenwhile helping other parents makes educated decisions about doing whats best for their children too! Wonderful book!”Pat Shelly, RN, MA, IBCLC, Founder and Director of the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
How to raise a baby with a low, or even zero, carbon footprint.
About the Author
Keya Chatterjee is the Director for International Climate Policy at the World Wildlife Fund. She has previously served as a Climate Change Specialist for the US Agency for International Development and also worked on communicating climate issues in her previous work at NASA. Keya started her career as a Presidential Management Fellow in the US government, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in a national park in Morocco from 1998 to 2000. Her commentary on climate change policy and sustainability issues has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News. She was featured in a special issue of Politico Magazine on climate change highlighting the muscle of the movement”.