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Sometimes solving climate change seems impossibly complex, and it is hard to know what changes we all can and should make to help. This book offers hope. Drawing on the latest research, Mark Jaccard shows us how to recognize the absolutely essential actions (decarbonizing electricity and transport) and policies (regulations that phase out coal plants and gasoline vehicles, carbon tariffs). Rather than feeling paralyzed and pursuing ineffective efforts, we can all make a few key changes in our lifestyles to reduce emissions, to contribute to the urgently needed affordable energy transition in developed and developing countries. 

More importantly, Jaccard shows how to distinguish climate-sincere from insincere politicians and increase the chance of electing and sustaining these leaders in power. In combining the personal and the political, The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success offers a clear and simple strategic path to solving the greatest problem of our times.

©2020 Marc Jaccard (P)2020 Cambridge University Press

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"I cannot think of another book that covers this ground. Mark Jaccard has done a huge service, helping to lay out the vexed ground of climate information, disinformation, and conflicting conclusions. In doing so, he helps pave the way for a meaningful conversation on effective solutions to the climate crisis. This is a must-read and must-teach book." (Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University, and author of Why Trust Science?

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At times a bit technical, this book walks the reader through the policies that can be implemented to address climate change, mostly from their economic efficiency and political acceptability standpoints; and concludes with a strong call to citizen engagement. In an interesting chapter, the author critiques Naomi Klein’s book This changes everything: Capitalism vs the climate, in what struck me (a fan of Naomi Klein) as a quite effective manner: to try to reconstruct capitalism as a precondition to addressing climate change makes an already very difficult task immensely more difficult. Pointing to various examples such as Norway’s rapid transition to electric cars, Jaccard makes the case that we can address climate change within our current economic structures. He suggests criteria for distinguishing “climate-sincere” and “climate-insincere” politicians - and urges us to go beyond our comfort zone in supporting the former. He draws an analogy with the 1930s, when relatively few people both saw where Hitler was headed and spoke out or acted to prevent what became WWII. Those of us who can see how catastrophic climate change is, have a responsibility to act to the limits of what non-violent citizen engagement will allow. The reader is very good as well, placing lots of emphasis where needed.

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  • Lyn Bender
  • 2020-02-28

Stunning, revelatory , hopeful in the climate emergency crisis.

This well researched book , is highly readable despite combining the two areas of common illiteracy. What is politically possible and what is essential for saving our planet. It proceeds to a denouement that will not disappoint the activist, the climate sincere politician ,or the economist. One of the more hopeful books written on solutions to our dire climate impasse. Professor Mark Jaccard is pragmatic yet passionate ,serious yet at times humorous, in this impressive work.

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  • MatGodFraProSet
  • 2020-07-06

Excellent text. Badly read.

An incredible book, deeply, imminently relevant. A voice of expertise, Jaccard shines forth a necessary light to clear up the field of climate change, which has been littered with so much muck and confusion it’s become nearly unapproachable for the layman.

That being said, I have to voice that the voice actor reading this can be CRAZY OBNOXIOUS. He often acts out quotes, and the sniveling, sarcastic voice he puts on to represent the opposition really breaks the flow. It’s almost unbearable at times. The JFK quote at the beginning of chapter nine, read in a terrible impression, was really a nail in a coffin here.

That being said, the written content of this book is prime. Still very much worth it!