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The Carbon Code

How You Can Become a Climate Change Hero

by (author) Brett Favaro

Johns Hopkins University Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Global Warming & Climate Change, Meteorology & Climatology, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Environmental Science
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Save the planet—and yourself—by joining the fight against climate change.

Our world is getting hotter, and it's our fault. Our addiction to fossil fuels is destroying not only our ancient planet, but our modern civilization. How can we protect our fragile ecosystems while preserving our way of life? How can we respond to climate change deniers who mock the fact that environmental activists use fossil fuels? In short, how can your average concerned citizen live a normal life in a carbon-based economy without being justifiably called a hypocrite? In The Carbon Code, conservation biologist Brett Favaro answers these thorny questions, offering simple strategies to help you reduce your carbon footprint—without abandoning common sense.

Favaro's Carbon Code of Conduct is based on the four Rs: Reduce, Replace, Refine, and Rehabilitate. After outlining the scientific basics of climate change and explaining the logic of the code he prescribes, the author describes carbon-friendly technologies and behaviors we can adopt in our daily lives. However, he acknowledges that individual action, while vital, is insufficient. To achieve global sustainability, he insists that we must make the fight against climate change "go viral" through conspicuous conservation.

The Carbon Code is a tool of empowerment. People don't need to be climate change experts to be part of the solution! In this book, Brett Favaro shows you how to take ownership of your carbon footprint and adopt a lifestyle of conspicuous conservation that will spur governments and corporations to do the same. Climate-friendly action is the best decision on every dimension—economics, health and well-being, and social justice. Saving the planet is, after all, about saving ourselves. The Carbon Code provides a framework to do this, and helps you to become a hero in the fight against climate change.

About the author

Brett Favaro is a research scientist at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He lectures widely on applying scientific approaches to creating a sustainable future for the planet.

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Editorial Reviews

"Less of a harangue and more of a how-to guide, the book explains in refreshingly forthright terms how technological advances are making it easier and cheaper to be green."

Financial Times

"Favaro offers a range of tips to help wean us off the frequent-flying habit."


"The Carbon Code is a wise, carefully optimistic book. Let’s hope it is widely read and that individuals and organizations take the Carbon Code to heart."

An Outside Chance

"Favaro provides clear analyses of the issues surrounding consumption of resources... Recommended."


"A critically important contribution to our on-going national debate about how to deal with climate change (now an even more pressing issue given President Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the Paris accords and surrender of world leadership on the issue) Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, The Carbon Code: How You Can Become a Climate Change Hero is an urgently necessary and needed addition to both community and academic library Environmental Studies collections in general, and the Climate Change supplemental studies lists of students and non-specialists general readers with an interest in the subject."

Midwest Book Review

"This readable, passionate, and rational effort covers diverse aspects of lowering carbon emissions. The author is a marine biologist with a deep understanding and personal instinct for systems thinking and global concern. I loved the book and it deserves a wide audience."

Quarterly Review of Biology

"The Carbon Code is a manual for action... it is a useful compendium of state-of-the-art actions that just about anyone can take to reduce one's carbon footprint."

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

"This would be an ideal book for anyone who would like to learn about climate change and what they can do as an individual to lower their carbon footprint."

Canadian Field Naturalist

"... useful and unique... this would be an ideal book for anyone who would like to learn about climate change and what they can do as an individual to lower their carbon footprint."

The Canadian Field-Naturalist