The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis

Written by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

OPL BOOK SUMMARY:  The Future We Choose makes it clear that two dates are essential to keep top of mind: 2030 and 2050. By 2050 we must have stopped emitting more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the planet can naturally absorb through the ecosystems. To do this we must begin a significant reduction in the 2020s and reduce by 50% by 2030. So the next decade is key to mitigate the worst of the climate changes. As we take a moment to wrap our minds around this — this decade, this means now.

Christiana and Tom take us through a quick tour of the terrible consequences. They ask the question where are you? The majority of people understand and “acknowledge the evidence but take no action because they don’t know what to do, or because it is far easier not to think about climate change. It is scary and overwhelming.” It is this global majority that can make a difference and we need to act.  

The book shares 10 actions that we can take to move toward meeting the reduction targets. One of them is seeing yourself as a citizen – not a consumer.  Changing this point of view lets you step back and think. Is this something I really need? Is this good for my quality of life and the planet? Changing your point of view, opens new doors and enables you to take new actions. 

The Future We Choose is both scary and optimistic and suggests ambitious ways to make a difference.  

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