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Named a Guardian Best Audiobook of 2020, this optimistic and agenda-setting look at the climate crisis is perfect for listeners of Rutger Bregman and Yuval Noah Harari.  

We can survive the climate crisis. This book tells us how.

Practical, optimistic and empowering, The Future We Choose is a book for every generation, for all of us who feel powerless in the face of the climate crisis.

We have two choices for our future, which is still unwritten. It will be shaped by who we choose to be right now. So, how can we change the story of the world?

The Future We Choose is a passionate call to arms from former UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, and Tom Rivett-Carnac, senior political strategist for the Paris Agreement. We are still able to stave off the worst and manage the long-term effects of climate change, but we have to act now. We know what we need to do, and we have everything we need to do it. 

This is the final hour: it can be our finest.

But we must act now.

©2020 Christina Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

"One of the most inspiring books I have ever read." (Yuval Noah Harari)

"Figueres and Rivett-Carnac dare to tell us how our response can create a better, fairer world." (Naomi Klein)

"Inspirational, compassionate and clear. The time to read this is now." (Mark Ruffalo)

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How to survive the climate crisis

There is a lot a scare mongering over climate change and many people, me included, are painfully aware of the issue but feel helpless to stop it. This book by Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Chistiana Figeures , daughter of former Costa Rica president Jose Figueres Ferrer; and Tom Rivett-Carmac from the UK who is descendent of former chairman of the East India company, Their geopolitical backgrounds could not be more different but they are galvanised in their opposition to the causes and the impacts of greenhouse gases and the resultant climate change that we have all witnessed over the past twenty years. This book proves there is more to the climate crisis than Greta Thunberg and provides compelling evidence for anyone who has ever been in any doubt about whether this is real or not. The authors take the reader / listener to the cliff edge to demonstrate what could happen if the world does not adhere to the promises made in the Paris Agreement and then give practical and relevant advice via a 10 point plan as to how we can all do our bit to protect the planet from overheating. This is a survival guide that we should all read.

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Good information, but solutions are weak

The authors are very passionate and enthusiastic, which is great. However, in my opinion, the solutions for how we will achieve REAL change are not pushed enough. Whilst we all need to become educated towards creating a better environment for all, individuals or even groups of people are not able to compete with the damage that the huge corporations are doing, making it very difficult to have any impact at all. Whilst the authors have done a great job in convincing all of the nations to think about climate change in the Paris Agreement, it seems that this agreement is only a mere promise that 'we will do more', where each nation decides their own goals, rather than having any ambitious targets. Would love to see more development happening within the huge corporations, rather than trying to convince people that 'turning off your lightbulb' will have a major impact. In conclusion, love that people are trying to do something positive towards climate change, just think we are pushing in the wrong direction relying on individual passion and protests to achieve a goal, rather than targeting the corporations.

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Essential reading for all humans

An inspiring, beautifully written and thought provoking call to action. Both heart-breaking and optimistic, this is the manual we all need to jolt us into action for 2020.

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Read or listen to this book. It’s important for our future. Even if you feel like you’ve heard to all just take it in, listen and encourage your children to take an interest.

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Must read

In the midst of a climate emergency thisnis essential reading. Well delivered, gives clear points on what we can do individually and gives hope.

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This book perfectly encapsulates the liberal mindset that has led to the crisis. While the author of this comment whole-heartedly support measures to drive down emission, I think the approach favoured in this book is toothless, as one might sense that while they see themselves as committed to reducing emission, they never dare to criticise the system responsible, capitalism, even if they might acknowledge problems caused by capitalism, such as inequality. Sometimes, I cringed, especially the part essentialising women. Indeed, we should emancipate women, but you may do that without generalising. Also, alleviating inequality would also benefit women, as would abolishing capitalism al together. The liberal mantra goes: critique everything except liberalism itself… Also, they preach democracy but fail to mention that the market has never been democratic. And they implore people to engage in politics but not to join a union. I mean, come on!

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A call to a positive future

A well written and positive view of the future that is both needed to survive but also a vision of how that future can be more positive, empowering and just. The authors are uniquely positioned to tell the story of the fight to save us but also offer a candid personal, view of the changes of mindset that come about from taking on this vital challenge. I was challenged but also inspired.

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How to become a militant optimist

An accessible take on how we can and must take immediate practical steps to avoid climate catastrophe. The most positive aspect is stressing how exciting the fight will be to change the basis of how we live. An impressive and inspiring read

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Unless you are barely aware of the climate crisis there is nothing here for you.

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A positive and inspiring book

A great book that first highlights two possible futures humanity faces - one where climate change runs its course and one where people take action to stop it. It then highlights how to get to that second possible future. A clear and inspiring book that lists simple steps we can all take to not only save the planet, but to make everything better for everyone.