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The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
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In The Future We Choose, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac—who led negotiations for the United Nations during the historic Paris Agreement of 2015—have written a cautionary but optimistic book about the world’s changing climate and the fate of humanity. 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.
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Street Date:
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        A practically minded manifesto for personal action in the face of climate change from the leaders of the negotiations at the 2015 Paris Agreement. Figueres, a baby boomer, is a daughter of a three-time president of Costa Rica, a country that has one of the best environmental records of any in the world; Rivett-Carnac is a Gen Xer who descends from a head of the British East India Company. The difference in age and circumstance is enough for them to write, "we were born in two different geological periods." They are united, both organizationally and intellectually, in a quest to overcome the worst of climate change--one that might be futile given that the rates of greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. The authors challenge each individual to do what governments and corporations cannot or will not do. One plank might be paraphrased by the old labor motto "Don't mourn, organize," save that the authors do save room for mourning: "There is no chance of stopping the runaway warming of our planet, and no doubt we are slowly but surely heading toward human extinction." The psychological dislocation caused by this realization could be enough to send people into basements for the rest of their lives, but the authors propose a series of concrete actions and tenets: "Let go of the old world," they counsel, and acknowledge that some of the old ways of the past can never be recaptured again, even as nostalgia proves an enemy that "can distract us from the urgent work ahead." Just so, they urge, "Defend the truth." When populist and nationalist leaders seek out scapegoats, be prepared to fight back with science to replace the pseudoscience. The authors close with a timetable for personal actions that contribute to a "regenerative world," from abjuring the consumerist politics of old right now to cutting your emissions in half by 2030. At once depressing and inspiring: We may be doomed, but this book urges us to at least try to do something about our demise.

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        Coauthors Figueres and Rivett-Carnac, founders of Global Optimism, an organization focused on bringing about environmental and social change, believe we have a moral obligation toward future generations to limit global warming to no more than 1.5° Celsius. They argue that this decade is our last, brief window of opportunity for halving carbon emissions by 2030, and it will take immediate changes in our thinking patterns, priorities, and actions to achieve this goal. From planting lots of trees to reducing wasteful consumption, they suggest ten actions that will enable us to decarbonize our lives and economy. While the authors persuasively explain the steps for their plan, their advice seems directed at those with means. After all, how does one convince those living in poverty or near it to buy into a decarbonizing program? The book doesn't necessarily have all the answers.

        VERDICT Overall, the authors' optimistic, can-do advice for mitigating the worst effects of global warming will help environmentally engaged readers find direction and purpose. An excellent companion to David Wallace-Wells's The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.--Cynthia Lee Knight, formerly with Hunterdon Cty. Lib., Flemington, NJ

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