Our Green Change by Australian author Sandra Radice is her first published memoir.
Breaking away from the stress, rush and pressures of modern city life and escaping to a sunny tropical island sounds like an idyllic fantasy.
Most people acknowledge that it’s just a fantasy and would never pursue the idea. But, Sandra Radice, her husband Tyron, and daughter Taylor did just that on their quest to live an eco-friendlier way.
Relocating from Sydney to Green Village in the sacred Ayung River, surrounded by the rich Balinese forest, to a serene and undisturbed hamlet that consists of bamboo houses and villas including a reputable Green School was no easy task.
The family discovered there were a lot of lessons to be learned. Not only was it a different way of living but also adapting to the way of Indonesian life such as language, healthcare, the roads and traffic, weather, food, and the spiritual culture.
Sandra Radice offers an insight to climate change while brilliantly weaving together warm and funny stories with her family in Bali. Amongst all the positives there were also the negatives especially when the global pandemic hit and the quest to return home.
Relocation to another country is certainly done through self-discovery, your personality, interests, skills, and strengths, to do this with a family I commend her. Whilst it may not have worked out as she envisioned Sandra and her family have gained so much about themselves and the environment.
The story is a good focus on what is happening in the world today and the future for generations to come. It gives you enough ideas on what you can do now to help. It is an uplifting novel that doesn’t focus on doom and gloom but rather on ways you can make the planet a better place.
The climate crisis is the biggest challenge of our time, and we all have a unique role to play. I loved her attention to help people see how their small part can still make a bigger impact because you are always influencing the people around you and this will pay forward to the people around them, and so on, in the long run.
I am a frequent traveller to Bali, and have visited the world-famous Green School, Green Village, it was an eye-opener, and I was very impressed. What I liked the most is that it is very feasible for those wanting a change, it has a remarkable community with sustainable living and housing. If Bali is in your future travel, I highly recommend visiting this place.
If you are passionate about making a change this book is insightful and a captivating read.
Thank you, Beauty and Lace and Shawline Publishing for the opportunity to read and review.
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My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.