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Summary

The UK has declared a 'climate emergency' and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. 

So how do we get there? 

Drawing on actions, policies and technologies already emerging around the world, Chris Goodall sets out the ways to achieve this. His proposals include:  

  • Building a huge over-capacity of wind and solar energy, storing the excess as hydrogen.
  • Using hydrogen to fuel our trains, shipping, boilers and heavy industry, while electrifying buses, trucks and cars. 
  • Farming - and eating - differently, encouraging plant-based alternatives to meat-paying farmers to plant and maintain woodlands.
  • Making fashion sustainable and aviation pay its way, funding synthetic fuels and genuine offsets. 
  • Using technical solutions to capture CO2 from the air and biochar to lock carbon in the soil.  

What We Need to Do Now is an urgent, practical and inspiring book that signals a green new deal for Britain.

©2020 Chris Goodall (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"This is exactly the kind of mapping out that we need to make the zero carbon world happen. Chris Goodall's plan is well argued." (Mike Berners-Lee)

"Chris Goodall is the kind of person we need to lead us to safety faced with climate change. I learned so much. It's crisp, superbly researched - and remarkably calm. We can do this." (Tim Harford)

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Great book.

I enjoyed this book. it is very well organised, highlights the challenges without being too bleak to read and offers solutions that seem achievable. My only real criticism is that the voice of the narrator has made this book a difficult one to share. My wife, my friends and my children have all wandered into the kitchen while I have been listening, rolled their eyes and walked out "...another one of those books is it?...". I know it's not the most important thing in the world, but being preached at by a seemingly middle aged, middle class white sounding man has meant that the very important and engaging message this book provides is missed by a lot of people who would otherwise likely benefit from it. This may sound pedantic, and I'm sure plenty of people can give it a sneering response, but unless we make our messages as accessible as possible, we are not really doing our upmost to influence people and effect change.