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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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A book we all need to read

Climate anxiety is now a thing many face, adults and children alike, made worse by the narrative that has been perpetuated by those who stand to loose their wealth if humanity throws itself into the challenge of sustainable living. The narrative that says we as individuals are powerless to make any impact, that developing countries aren’t interested in climate change, that big business and politicians should be the ones making changes. Reading this book, The Future We Choose, has changed how I see the challenge before us. The authors first describe two possible futures: one with no change, and one in which we manage to limit warming to 1.5°c. They then look at three mindset changes that are needed so we can get out of our own way and start acting decisively. Finally, the book presents ten concrete actions, realistic, achievable, and based on environmental and behavioural science. So if you feel powerless, worried, anxious, or confused, this book is brilliant. If you’ve already made some changes but want more ideas, or clear, science-based arguments you can use to explain your choices to others, this book provides that too. Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac are both members of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and were instrumental in bringing about the Paris Agreement. Climate Change is a complex and contested problem with the potential to end all life on earth. Scientists say that the window of opportunity in which we can avert the worst outcomes is rapidly closing. We have at most 10 years to be firmly on the path of zero emissions and creating a circular economy using regenerative practices when it comes to managing our resources. I for one think it’s worth the effort and will be buying copies of this book for everyone I know as Christmas gifts!

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Stubborn optimism to tackle climate change!

Loved how this book is communicating an uplifting way forward by simply focusing on what can be done.
And I have already taken action myself! Thanks for the stubborn optimism mindset!

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Let’s get to it !!

Very accessible and inspiring . A good overview and map of what we need to do. Really enjoyed them both narrating also.

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Disappointing, dull and uninsighful. Let me save you the time. Stay positive, don’t give up. That’s it

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Stubborn optimism

This book offers something for everyone , who cares about the future of life on this planet.

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Everyone needs to listen to this.

I was gifted the book but never made the time to read it. Listening while working was a perfect alternative. I definitely vote for the long-form pod cast so this book was like a special super long pod cast treat 😆

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Shallow and stupid propaganda piece

Progressive propaganda piece. Devoid of any depth or complexity. Doesn’t address any serious issues or costs of the suggested course of action. Factually mistaken on several aspects, especially diet, health and the economy. Strangely cultish too, advocates for secular religion and mindfulness meditation. Would not recommend.

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  • papapownall
  • 02-03-2020

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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  • Earlofoval
  • 18-02-2021

This eloquent book stands as an inspiration for all of us - listen to it now

Christiana and Tom have written and performed an articulate compelling story. I really appreciated the complimentary counterpoise between their two voices, keeping the prose moving at pace. It graphically illustrates two alternating credible future scenarios outlining the consequences of continuing our lives unchanged or humanity collectively learning from our mistakes and changing the way we think and act. The well researched fluent narrative has fluidity and pace. Concluding with a comprehensive grounded achievable action plan that all of us can engage with. An excellent book which I would highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-2021

inspirational

easy to finish. good to align yourself with your ideals. easy to understand. good read

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  • Nick Metcalfe
  • 27-03-2021

Everyone should listen to this

It's a really important topic and interesting to learn about. The authors are well informed and present the information in a way that is clear and easy to understand. I recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-2020

An important and engaging book

An inspiring call to action, engaging narration and storytelling. Strong insights around mindset and what is needed to create change.

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  • Gee
  • 20-04-2020

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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  • Polly Longstock
  • 26-02-2020

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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  • London Pete
  • 13-10-2021

Inspiration for the optimistic (and pessimistic!)

This book is essential reading/listening for everyone. The authors deliver their words with a sense of purpose and engagement throughout. This is not somebody else’s problem - it is all of our problem - and this book gives insight and direction for how to tackle that problem collectively.

Read, listen and share with your friends and family, but also with those who are less engaged or more pessimistic about our future. It is not too late. We cannot rely on others or innovation to solve all of our problems “belief in innovation is no excuse for lack of a plan”. Make a plan and commit to delivering it so that you can look into the eyes of children and grandchildren to say “we did everything necessary”.

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  • Rachael Mitchell
  • 23-09-2021

Gives hope and ways we can all make a difference

Igniting hope, which is very much needed, this book is informative, decisive and sets out achievable actions we can all take to 'be the change we need and desire' for the future of this world and generations to come...

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