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Publisher's Summary

Climate change: It is arguably the most urgent and consequential issue humankind has ever faced. How we address it in the next 30 years will determine the kind of world we will live in and will bequeath to our children and to theirs.

In The Future We Choose, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac - who led negotiations for the United Nations during the historic Paris Agreement of 2015 - have written a cautionary but optimistic audiobook about the world's changing climate and the fate of humanity. The authors outline two possible scenarios for our planet. In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris climate targets. In the other, they lay out what it will be like to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world. They argue for confronting the climate crisis head-on, with determination and optimism. 

The Future We Choose presents our options and tells us what governments, corporations, and each of us can and must do to fend off disaster. 

©2020 Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“The Paris Agreement was a landmark for humankind. In this timely and important book, two of the principal creators of that agreement show us why and how we can now realize its promise. I hope it is widely read and acted on.” (Jane Goodall, author of In the Shadow of Man)

“This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. The book takes a hard look at the frightening realities of climate change, but concludes that humanity can still deal with this threat. Moreover, the book presents the existential challenge of climate change as a unique opportunity to build a more just world and to make ourselves better people. Most importantly, the book adopts a very practical approach, and suggests 10 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.” (Yuval Harari, best-selling author of Sapiens and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century)

"There could not be a more important book." (Richard Branson)

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This is something that should be listened to by decision makers globally

In light of the current Pandemic and the shutdown of the world’s economies. Any of the suggested solutions offered at the end of the book could be used by leaders around the world to restart their economies and Kickstart a renewables revolution. We should not return to business as usual. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Rufus of Sol
  • 2020-03-04

Mandatory for Humanity

I would love to say this book is a mandatory listen for all humanity, and in fact it is. However, while the book touches on many topics we all should think seriously about, its presentation seems too elitist to truly reach out and capture the attention and concerns of the people it needs to address. Despite this point, the books brevity makes it a hopeful starting point.

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  • Adrian Guerrero
  • 2021-03-24

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A few too many stories about imaginating a green future. I was hoping for statistics.

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  • Babs
  • 2020-12-21

The importance of respect for nature

As much as we ought to be careful about the way we deal with the planet we live on, listening to this book was an unpleasant experience. Some parts are very true, some are refreshing. Being told how to vote is beyond the acceptable. Without the patronising tone this book would be superb.

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  • Richard Baxter
  • 2020-12-02

Burst your bubble!

A serious yet uplifting vision for overcoming the greatest threat facing humanity, the clinate crisis. Love the ten point action plan in part III!

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  • Shawn Oueinsteen
  • 2020-09-24

Cheerleading for Climate Activism

One small section of this book described personal experiences at the Paris Accords meeting. That was new and interesting. Otherwise it was mostly "preaching to the choir." The book is very persuasive, but probably all listeners are already committed to the cause. The authors read the book, but they were surprisingly good, especially Rivett-Carnac. Figueres preached a touch of Buddhism, which was a bit off-putting. All-in-all, though, it was easy to listen to and was a reasonably gt climate book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-08

Climate Crisis book of the decade!

This book sets the basic framework for how to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It can be done and MUST be done. This book should be mandatory reading for students everywhere. Our task is daunting, but not impossible!

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  • Joshua Groh
  • 2020-06-08

Exceptionally Inspiring

I sincerely enjoyed listening to this book and am planning on buying a paper copy. It provides a clear, data-driven history of where we’re at as a planet and lays out an inspiring roadmap of where we need to go from here to ameliorate our environmental woes. Well done.

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  • LV
  • 2020-05-06

A book for NOW! A Must read!

In the midst of a pandemic, as we try to understand and deal with the all the repercussions and continuing consequences of Covid-19, here is a book that will cause you to stop, think and hopefully make us realize that what we've been doing is wrong, on so many levels.
This is a book for now, for our children, for our grandchildren, for generations to come!

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  • shackga
  • 2020-04-28

Great summary of climate issues

The authors who narrated this book are leaders in the climate change movement. The story captures the challenges, concerns, and progress. Kudos to those who heed and listen.

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  • L. PEREZ
  • 2020-04-08

Excellent!

Excellent book, warrants my first book review. Plus congratulations to Christiana and Tom on their accomplishments on climate agreement. And audiobook performance as good as any professional narrator.
By the way, impressive parallel between climate crisis as explained by the authors, and current pandemic... Importance of optimism. Impact of individual actions on common good: "we all win or we all lose". Importance of international collaboration: what a different situation we would be living if western world had jumped to rescue China. Importance of reducing inequality, even if out of self interest. Science vs populism: difficult battle when mixing politics and social media.