This chronicle will mark the start of the fifth year in which my wife Arlene and I have been sending out these climate change chronicles. My topics have come from books on various subjects related to climate change. Not being a scientist I have been dependent upon authors able to translate the science into something I would understand.
I have searched, in particular, for writers with a broad understanding of the world-wide, international impacts of climate change.
I looked for someone who could communicate the science through stories that people could understand.
I hoped to find authors who could translate knowledge into action, particularly at the community level.
Finally I wished there were someone who saw the need for a vision similar to that of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme, a vision of “a mutually enhancing relationship between our species and Earth.”
Needless to say my requirements were demanding and perhaps unrealistic. They remained unfulfilled until last week when a friend lent me a book entitled “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis.” It was written by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac who were among the architects of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change
Then I looked at the end of the book. The authors thanked almost two-hundred people for the help they had given, many of whom we either knew or had heard about. I was particularly attracted by a strong recommendation from one particular person on the flyleaf.
Yuval Noah Harari says:
“This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. It takes a hard look at the frightening realities of climate change but concludes that humans can still deal with this threat. Moreover the book presents the existential challenge as a unique opportunity to build a more just world and to make ourselves better people. Most important, the authors adopt a very practical approach, and suggest ten concrete actions that each of us can take in order to create a better future for all the residents of Planet Earth. I hope we all take this message to heart.”
Here are the ten concrete actions the authors recommend and expand upon.
- Let go of the old world.
- Face your grief but hold a vision of the future.
- Defend the truth.
- See yourself as a citizen–not a consumer.
- Move beyond fossil fuels
- Reforest the Earth.
- Invest in a clean economy.
- Use technology responsibly.
- Build gender equality.
- Engage in politics.
It is a small book, barely one hundred and seventy pages. My advice is to get the book and read it. It is a real guidebook for dealing with climate change.
Mike and Arlene Bell