A new book, entitled ‘The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis’ and written by two leading experts in the field, comes to provide an answer: We are definitely running late, but we are in the nick of time to tackle the environmental catastrophe.

Written by Christiana Figueres, former UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, and Tom Rivett-Carnac, senior political strategist for the Paris Agreement, ‘The Future We Choose’ provides the hopeful message that we are still able to prevent the worst and manage the long-term effects of climate change, but there is no more time for complacency: We have to act now.

In this way, rather than focusing solely on what is going wrong, the authors choose to highlight that it is on our hands to save the planet, and what we can do to achieve it.

Except from offering an insightful look at the different scenarios we might encounter, based on the choices we make individually at present, the authors provide 10 actions we can all perform to help mitigate the worst scenario.

What makes this book special is that it is not aimed to make the readers understand the science and physics behind the climate crisis, but it focuses on the importance of people’s attitude instead, with personal things they can do in a broader picture.

In particular, the authors attempt to shape the right mindset we need to develop towards climate change, achieving the most important step for change: To make the reader think about the world they are leaving their children, while dealing with the feelings of powerlessness against this global crisis.

Overall, this read will serve as a reminder that we have still an opportunity to change the story of the world: We know what we need to do, we have everything we need to do it and every action counts. This book is a call for action to safeguard our world.

Did you know?

A special IPCC report on Climate Change published in late 2018 stressed that:

  • Global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C;
  • Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would need to reduce global net human-caused CO2 emissions by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching 'net zero' around 2050.
  • Coral reefs would decline by 70-90% with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all would be lost with 2°C.