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Crap at the Environment Paperback – 17 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340962550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340962558
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 23.2 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,474,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Expect to hear plenty more about him' (Observer)

'Something worth smiling about' (Australian Bookseller & Publisher Magazine)

'A practical, often amusing, always insightful and pragmatic look at what individuals can do about global warming - worth reading!' (Sydney Morning Herald, PICK OF THE WEEK)

'Packed with brilliant observations and sharp one-liners' (The Times on A Light-hearted Look at Murder)

'Intelligent, humane and desperately funny' (Independent on Sunday)

'Eloquence and wit . . . an absolute gem' (Metro)

'Woody Allen and William Boyd have had a bastard love-child and his name is Mark Watson' (Stephen Fry)

'Watson operates on more octane than the average car, but his observations are charming as well as funny' (Sunday Times on CRAP AT THE ENVIRONMENT)

'Unfailingly funny' (Sunday Age)

'A sharp comic mind wielded to devastatingly hilarious effect' (Adelaide Advertiser)

'A delight' (New Zealand Herald)

Book Description

Green (ish), keen (definitely) - Perrier-winning Mark Watson is halving his carbon footprint and, in Danny Wallace Join Me-style, he's taking you with him.

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Mark Watson might be preaching to the converted as far as I am concerned, being as I am already a green writer and campaigner. That aside I would have no trouble giving this book to my less than green friends or relatives.

Even I learnt a thing or two from this book, well to put it another way I was re-told a thing or two I had conveniently forgotten. Such as methane being 25 times more damaging than co2, making me drastically consider my cheese intake.

The book might not be as high energy as some of Watson's stand up but it is a bloody book. It is however funny, light hearted and has the feel of chatting in the park rather than being preached at.

If you are green and your mates are crap buy it for them but make sure that you read it first.
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I've enjoyed Mark Watson's Radio 4 appearances over the last few years, and I'm always glad to see him pop up on the odd TV panel show, so I think it's fair enough to pin my colours to the mast at the offset and say that I opened the book as a fan. Thankfully, I also closed the book as a fan, and possibly even a bigger one.

Mark Watson's aim is that over the course of a year he'll learn more about the environment and mend his polluting ways. It's all set up rather nicely to be one of those themed comedy journals that have become so popular. You know the type; say yes to lots of people with the same name as you while travelling around with a fridge on your back. Many examples now seem to start with a zany premise that barely manages to raise the merest hint of a smile, and then flog it tirelessly while going nowhere. This book starts with a rather studious idea, but builds an interesting tale around it. On the comedy front it's a winner hands down. Watson is an undeniably likable fellow to follow around for a few hundred pages, and he frequently manages to be laugh out loud funny. It loses its way a little towards the end, but that is easily forgivable as it never becomes a chore.

The environmental points weave into the humorous tale of the author's green journey seamlessly. Such a stern message could easily jar against the tales of 24-hour comedy shows and railway adventures, but they never get too serious to become preachy, and, to my mind, didn't go too far to the other extreme and end up as flippant either. That said, it's not transformed me into an environmentalist either, but that was rather unlikely. However, I not only enjoyed the read, but I now think of it when someone offers me a plastic bag, so it must have worked on some level.
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I'd read a few reviews saying that the book wasn't all that great, but, bought it on the fact that, I find Mark Watson amusing, & figured his book would be too. Yes, in a nutshell, it's basically his 12month quest to stop being crap at the environment, but, it's an eye-opener too. It's an interesting read, & people should read this book - if more out of interest than anything.
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One of the other reviewers on this site criticizes Mark Watson for not going deep enough into environmental issues in this book. This is to make the fundamental mistake of ignoring the title of the book and, furthermore, Mark Watson's main objective in writing it. The whole idea was to start from a point of general ignorance about green issues, but with a nagging conscience, and to investigate them so as to become more informed. Armed with this information Mark could then make changes to his lifestyle and encourage other people to do the same; which is exactly what he did when he set up CATE. (Crap At The Environment, for those not up with their acronyms)

In the book Mark explains how he created and ran CATE, the successes and failures of the network of ambitious eco-friendly bloggers, taking workshops on climate change run by Al Gore and, eventually, being trained to run his own seminars about environmental issues. It's a fascinating journey to read about with his brand of humour providing laughs throughout. Anyone who was involved in CATE from the start will enjoy reading back through the tasks and anyone new to Mark Watson's efforts to save the planet will finish the book knowing a bit more about climate change than before; or at least armed with enough information to try and make their own attempts to save the planet.
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