Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie / Slow Death by Rubber Duck
Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes--now, it's personal. The most dangerous pollution, it turns out, comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. To prove this point, for one week authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us. Using their own bodies as the reference point to tell the story of pollution in our modern world, they expose the miscreant corporate giants who manufacture the toxins, the weak-kneed government officials who let it happen, and the effects on people and families across the globe.
Slow Death by Rubber Duck -- the testimony of their experience -- exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives, from the simple household dust that is polluting our blood to the toxins in our urine that are created by run-of-the-mill shampoos and toothpaste. Ultimately hopeful, the book empowers readers with some simple ideas for protecting themselves and their families, and changing things for the better.
"This book is a powerful reminder that what we do to Mother Earth, we do directly to ourselves. Read it to see why we have to change the way we live and get off our destructive path." -- David Suzuki
“Fantastically important—an indispensable guide to surviving in an industrial age.” -- Tim Flannery, author of Now or Never and The Weather Makers
Rick Smith is a prominent Canadian author and
environmentalist and Executive Director of Environmental Defence
A biologist by training, Rick completed his doctoral research on an endangered subspecies of freshwater harbour seal in arctic
Bruce Lourie is an influential leader and thinker in