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Wake Up and Smell the Planet:
The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day
Edited by Brangien Davis with Katharine Wroth

Wake Up and Smell the Planet - our book

7 a.m. The alarm goes off.

7:09 a.m. It goes off again. (There’s a special place in paradise for the inventor of the snooze button.)

7:15 a.m. You haul yourself out of bed and stagger into the kitchen for coffee …

But what kind of coffee? And what should you drink it from? And should you take a shower or a bath? Is it okay to shave with a disposable razor? Are those free-range eggs that your significant other is scrambling? How will you dispose of the kitty litter later?

Relax. Grist is here.

Wake Up and Smell the Planet is an antidote to the overwhelming amount of choices we all face regarding our individual impact on the globe. A compact, humorous and resourceful handbook, Wake Up and Smell the Planet covers a full 24 hours of the confusing and often contradictory options that lie in wait everyday. What to eat, what to wear, how to dispose of
dog poop or diapers, how to travel from point A to B—like a friendly, funny guide who isn’t afraid to share secret tips, Wake Up and Smell the Planet offers advice on how to “green” all sorts of daily decisions. From the moment you get up in the morning, until you finally lay your head down at night, Wake Up and Smell the Planet will get you through the day with your sanity—and values—intact.

Grist’s news about green issues and sustainable living is far from predictable, and so is the advice in Wake Up and Smell the Planet.

About Grist
A self-proclaimed “beacon in the smog,”, a nonprofit, independent, online magazine, was founded in April 1999, and over the past eight years has developed the most recognizable voice in environmental journalism: funny, opinionated, practical and intelligent. Grist offers in-depth reporting, opinions, reviews, advice, and a popular blog—all tailored to inform, entertain, provoke, and encourage its readers to think creatively about environmental problems and solutions.

Each month, Grist reaches over 700,000 unique individuals through its website and emails, and it has enjoyed particular success among readers in their 20s and 30s. Through syndication arrangements with other media outlets like and, Grist is reaching an even broader audience that extends into the millions. Grist has been featured in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Newsweek, and dozens of other national publications. Grist earned Webby™ People’s Voice awards in both 2005 and 2006 as the internet’s best magazine.

About the Editors
Katharine Wroth
has been an environmental writer for more than a decade and a member of Grist’s editorial team since 2004. She is the editor of Ask Umbra, the popular advice column that served as the inspiration for Wake Up and Smell the Planet. Wroth has contributed to outdoor-themed books including Time-Life’s Greatest Adventures of All Time and a history of Outward Bound. She lives in Massachusetts. Katharine is available for press interviews about Wake Up and Smell the Planet.

Brangien Davis is a writer and editor in Seattle, WA and publisher of Swivel magazine, a literary journal.

The Mountaineers Books is the non-profit publishing division of the 100-year-old Mountaineers Club of Washington state. Mountaineers Books launches Skipstone, a new outdoor lifestyle imprint in Fall 2007.

Wake Up and Smell the Planet
The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day
Grist Magazine, edited by Brangien Davis with Katharine Wroth
October 2007
176 pages 6×6 3/4, 2-color, illustrated throughout, paperbound
ISBN 978-1-59485-039-4