ND Energy Book Discussion: The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

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Location: Zoom

The Future We Choose

Join ND Energy for its next book review and discussion on The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. Contact Ginger Sigmon or Barbara Villarosa for the Zoom link. You are welcome to join at anytime! 

Discussion Schedule

Discussions will be held on Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, August 13, from 12-1 p.m. (ET) as follows: 

July 29, Part I (Two Worlds) and Part II (Three Mindsets): (1) Choosing our Future, (2) The World We Are Creating, (3) The World We Must Create, (4) Who We Choose to Be, (5) Subborn Optimism, (6) Endless Abundance, (7) Radical Regeneration

August 13, Part III (Ten Actions): (8) Doing What is Necessary, 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 as a Consumer, Move Beyond Fossil Fuels, Reforest the Earth, Invest in a Clean Economy, Use Technology Responsibly, Build General Equality, Engage in Politics, Conclusion: A New Story

Book Description

Climate change is arguably the most urgent and consequential issue humankind has ever faced. How we address it in the next thirty 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 book 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.

About the Authors

Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on climate change. She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016.

Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen Conference of 2009, she was determined to lead the process to a universally agreed regulatory framework. Building toward that goal, she successfully directed the international negotiations from 2010, culminating in the historic Paris Agreement of 2015, signed unanimously by 195 countries.

Tom Rivett-Carnac is a leader in the fields of international diplomacy, energy policy, and climate change. From 2013 to 2016 Tom was Senior Strategy Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres.

He was responsible for political strategy to build a new type of collaborative diplomacy that broke the political deadlock on climate policy and finance through new partnerships and approaches. Leading a strategy team inside the Office of the Executive Secretary, he held this position up to and during the successful negotiations in Lima (COP 20) and Paris (COP 21), which resulted in the unanimous signing of the Paris Agreement.

Together, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac are Founding Partners at Global Optimism, a purpose driven enterprise focused on social and environmental change and co-hosts of the podcast, Outrage and Optimism. 'The Future We Choose' is their first co-authored book.

Originally published at energy.nd.edu.