The future we choose Surviving the climate crisis

Christiana Figueres

Book - 2020

"In this cautionary but optimistic book, Figueres and Rivett-Carnac--the architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement--tackle arguably the most urgent and consequential challenge humankind has ever faced: the world's changing climate and the fate of humanity. In The Future We Choose, the authors outline two possible scenarios for the planet. In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris targets for carbon dioxide emission reduction.... In the other, they describe what it will take to create and live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world. They argue for confronting the climate crisis head on, with determination and optimism. How we all of us address the climate crisis in the next thirty years will determine not only the world we will live in but also the world we will bequeath to our children and theirs. The Future We Choose presents our options and tells us, in no uncertain terms, what governments, corporations, and each of us can and must do to fend off disaster"--

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Genres
Instructional and educational works
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"This is a Borzoi Book" --Title page verso.
Physical Description
xxvi, 210 pages : illustration, map ; 20 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-210).
ISBN
9780525658351
0525658351
Main Author
Christiana Figueres (author)
Other Authors
Tom Rivett-Carnac (author)
  • Introduction: The critical decade
  • Two worlds. Choosing our future ; The world we are creating ; The world we must create
  • Three mindsets. Who we choose to be ; Stubborn optimism ; Endless abundance ; Radical regeneration
  • Ten actions. Doing what is necessary
  • Conclusion: A new story
  • What you can do now.
Review by Choice Reviews

As stated here, part of the population believes that "global warming" is a hoax. Another sector believes in the reality of global warming and is striving to mitigate the problem. A third major group believes that global warming is a real threat, but not knowing what to do about it, is paralyzed into inaction. This excellent book, whose authors both played major roles in shaping the 2015 Paris International Climate Conference, will not convince the first group. Persuasion is not needed for the second group. The book's argument is directed toward the third group. The authors sketch out the many interrelated problems: politics, economics, jobs, health, the natural and built environment, and the availability of required resources. Their intent is to help readers develop the mental attitude necessary to create a livable future. They identify and delve deeply into three possible mind-sets, represented as: "stubborn optimism," "endless abundance," and "radical regeneration." An example of their attempt to alter the reader's mind-set is their discussion of a condition they call "nature-deficit disorder." The last half of the book presents ten steps, big and small, mental and physical, that individual readers and their larger communities can take to deal with the real, impending crisis of global warming facing all of humanity. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; two-year technical students; professionals. General readers.--A. M. Saperstein, emeritus, Wayne State UniversityAlvin M. Sapersteinemeritus, Wayne State University Alvin M. Saperstein Choice Reviews 58:03 November 2020 Copyright 2020 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A cautionary but hopeful report by the cofounders of Global Optimism and architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement outlines urgent measures that must be taken to adapt to or reverse climate change.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"In this cautionary but optimistic book, Figueres and Rivett-Carnac--the architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement--tackle arguably the most urgent and consequential challenge humankind has ever faced: the world's changing climate and the fate of humanity. In The Future We Choose, the authors outline two possible scenarios for the planet. In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris targets for carbon dioxide emission reduction. In the other, theydescribe what it will take to create and live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world. They argue for confronting the climate crisis head on, with determination and optimism. How we all of us address the climate crisis in the next thirty years will determine not only the world we will live in but also the world we will bequeath to our children and theirs. The Future We Choose presents our options and tells us, in no uncertain terms, what governments, corporations, and each of us can and must do to fend off disaster"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A cautionary but optimistic book about the world’s changing climate and the fate of humanity, from Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac—who led negotiations for the United Nations during the historic Paris Agreement of 2015.The authors outline two possible scenarios for our planet. In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate targets. In the other, they lay out what it will be like to live in a regenerative world that has net-zero emissions. They argue for confronting the climate crisis head-on, with determination and optimism. The Future We Choose presents our options and tells us what governments, corporations, and each of us can, and must, do to fend off disaster.