The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carnac [7/10]

What do you read about global warming? More facts and prognostications? For me, definitely yes. Nihilistic doom tomes? Again, yes for me. Rousing calls to action? Yes from me but most such seem to fall limp in my hands. So it is with great delight that I proclaim that “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis” is a heartfelt, well structured polemic that strikes home. Perhaps the reason the book succeeds is the fulsome pedigree of both authors, key architects and on-board managers of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. Christina Figureres, with the aid of Tom Rivett-Carnac, were instrumental in succeeding, beyond any expectation, in extracting commitments almost across the globe. They know about despair but they choose hope and they acted towards hope and they made it work, at least for that precarious moment in time. Now, in this book, the two of them present a stark choice over the next decade and then offer three “mindsets” to spur purposeful action and then ten chiming, broad-category actions. “The Future We Choose” is a pulsing froth of exhortation that, at least for me, rings intensely true. A wonderful book for this dark age.

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