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"sustainable grazing" and the benefits of "free-roaming livestock". With all respect, they don't seem to know what they're talking about or where they stand. There is no mention of agriculture except in the negative. They never mention how soil can sequester carbon. There is a very questionable assertion about what forests can do provide based on a widely discredited study. Forest are crucial, no question, but not a panacea as described here. It seems the book was done with haste. It's as if both authors had a full-time job and fit the book into their busy schedule. It contains more bromides that any one person should have to swallow. There are Ten "Actions". Like Defend the Truth. Yes, well, sure. Use Technology Responsibly. Move Beyond Fossil Fuels. After you have read the book you have no idea what to do. But wait, there is an Appendix: What You Can Do Now. That section can be summed up in one sentence: Think about what you can do now. This should have been a determining book from on high. Christian has that bully pulpit. Rather, it is something thrown together, littered with clichés and proverbial advice.
There’s basically nothing new in it, and after only a couple of chapters is obvious that you are facing a mixture of anecdotes and compilation from other sources.
The proposed actions, even if they are totally adequate, are no different than what you can find in any 500 word article in most newspapers these days.
The upside is the lengthy list of references and recommended books, because it gives you hope of finding something better.
This book makes saving the earth and exciting and wonderful and exhilarating task, not a burden. We still can save the world from pollution and climate change - and in the process, we can make it into something wonderful.
This book helped me have the clarity about the urgency, but instead of leaving me feeling helpless and hopeless, it helped me find a sense of agency, and the courage to start taking action from where I am, doing everything that's necessary, feeling vulnerable, unsure, scared, but motivated to build from there, to enjoy the process and learn while doing. It has helped me move from wanting to be more prepared or informed, to acting while getting informed and being prepared through experience.
I'm grateful to the authors, and my respect to Costa Rica ; ).
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It is not a long or comprehensive book. There is little or nothing on say methane or ice melt or IPCC reports. It is not a book to understand the science.
There is more on attitude, personal things you can do and a broader picture.
It is a little light on just how bad things might get if we don't act...then again, others have covered that.
I have felt at times paralysed by the climate change crisis but reading this book has helped me to see that there are things which I can do which will help to make a difference.
It also suggests practical suggestion to help addresses despair and feelings of powerlessness. Because both Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivette-Carnac played such a key role in the Paris agreement, they are able to speak from experience and with real authority, understanding how difficult change is but showing how it is possible.
There are a few hints at interesting anecdotes from the run up to Paris Agreement, but like rest of the book, there isn’t enough substance to back them up. I imagine this puts more people off taking action than it inspires.
Awful. Save your money, and the tree this was printed from and buy ‘Rewilding’ by Isabella Tree instead.
But I'm not quite sure who this book is for... it feels closer to 'No Planet B' but that worked well as it was a really useful handbook for anyone trying to work out what's going on and what they can do, which this book doesn't try to be.
Regardless, I hope it gets widely read because it is clear, empowering and hopeful.
A maximum of 30 yrs with positive action to reduce global warming targets set for each decade.
But the message running through the book after the depressing 1st chapter is positive and one of optimism optimism for a better quality of life whilst saving the planet.