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Individuals can’t expect the conservative Congress to act on environmental issues. Instead, says Takoma Park resident Diane MacEachern, a former Sierra Club staffer and the author of Save Our Planet (DTP/Dell), citizens must institute their own waste-reduction and recycling programs. Save Our Planet was originally published in 1990, as a rekindled environmental movement prepared to celebrate Earth Day; this new edition lists 750 ways to tread softly on the natural world—and, says MacEachern, emphasizes “common-sense measures that work for everyday people.” While the author doesn’t let polluters like chemical producers and the federal bureaucracy off the hook, most of her eco-tips demand no action by “big government” (container-deposit legislation is one exception). And carpools and cloth shopping bags are just the beginning: Save Our Planet recommends the 10 best “gas-sipping” cars; little-known-but-effective nontoxic cleansers and pest repellents; landscape hints for peak household heating and cooling, and in-kitchen composting methods.