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50 Ways to F**k the Planet [Paperback]

Mark Townsend , David Glick
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9 Sep 2011

In a world where we're bombarded with advice on going green, authors Mark Townsend and David Glick take a refreshing line and tell us how NOT to go green. Indeed, they're here to help us f**k up the planet good and proper. And it's easier than you think.

An irreverent celebration of environmental doom and gloom, 50 Ways to F**k the Planet takes the 'eco-handbook' in an outrageous new direction, exposing fifty very real and very scary threats facing the world today and showing just how entertaining and easy it is for us to make them worse.

Forget the future. Why expend our energy on a lost cause? This is the defeatist (but not altogether unrealistic) stance taken by Townsend and Glick as they revel in the dire fate of our planet. Combining bleak facts with hilariously ironic commentary, the authors applaud our environmental incompetence and stick two fingers up at the whole damn thing. Punctuated with checklists and handy hints to f**k things up faster, this book is for those who want to stop pretending they are responsible world citizens and just get with the party. How much you get involved is up to you, but don't be fooled into thinking that doing nothing is any better.

From the familiar honeybee, whose dwindling numbers have huge repercussions on our food chain, to the environmental implications of the smoking ban, the topics cover endangered species and declining terrain as well as social (mis)conduct and the devastating effects of commerce. Outspoken and unabashedly brazen, this is your ultimate countdown to the end of the world.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (9 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007279884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007279883
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Townsend is an award-winning journalist and is currently the Crime, Defence and Legal Affairs Correspondent for The Observer.His numerous accolades include British Environmental Journalist of the Year and he was runner-up in the Foreign Press Association for his war reporting in Afghanistan.Townsend is an active and committed writer, whose work has focused upon crucial and explosive topics.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read on 'green' issues of the day 10 Sep 2008
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At last a 'green' book that is enjoyable and interesting, it does not preach but does educate. Great stuff ! A perfect Christmas or birthday present for teenagers, students and anyone interested in the environment who wants to have the facts at their fingertips but wants to learn them in an enjoyable way. Great street cred for a student book shelf. Reviewed by the taste makers of our era, Pete Tong, Alexander McQueen, Zac Goldsmith, Nick Cave, Zoe Ball and Norman Cook, David de Rothschild, Harvey Goldsmith, Georgio Locatelli... need I say more !
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4.0 out of 5 stars environmental cult classic 9 Sep 2008
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Go figure what sort of book gets bigged up by everyone from Alexander McQueen, Pete Tong, Nick Cave and Rosie Boycott. Or if you can't get figuring - get reading. Get reading anyway. It rocks...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 28 Oct 2008
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This text was recommended to me by a family member and I must admit I was initially very sceptical as environmental issues have never really interested me. However, after reading the first few pages I was pleasantly surprised by Townsend's refreshing, contemporary style of conveying key messages on an existing but ever-exacerbating problem.

The clever use of humour and irony coupled with the obvious thorough and meticulous research which he had put into this masterpiece had me completely captivated from beginning to end. If you crave a read that is informative, thought-provoking, witty and inspiring then look no further.

This book will leave you hankering for more to the extent that, upon completion, your only disappointment will be that this gifted author did not discover 100 ways to f**k the planet! Without question my favourite book of 2008 so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars F**K Amazing 15 Oct 2008
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Brilliant read - humorous - well researched - informative and makes one think regarding the enviroment - not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really made me think! 8 Sep 2008
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Picked this book up, who wouldn't with that title, and found myself actually sympathising with the "green" agenda. A highly intelligent and instructive read particularly for old cynics like me.
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I really enjoyed reading this entertaining insight into environmental issues that affect us all. An amusing book that 'makes you think' about our carbon footprint. This is both clever and funny at the same time - I'd highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars laugh so much you'll cry 9 Sep 2008
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That's my Christmas shopping sorted... will be buying copies for my mates, especially the ones now living in America who will appreciate the wit. What a change to read up on environmental issues whilst having a damn good cackle at the same time. It's a really funny read on a very serious topic and brilliantly written... thanks Townsend and Glick! I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars laugh and learn 9 Sep 2008
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Mark Townsend has managed to write a hilarious book on a deeply serious subject. It should be read by anyone with even a passing interest in the environment. No make that it should be read by everyone. Extremely well written, extremely funny, extremely thought-provoking.
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