In Our Hands shows you the exciting, satisfying roles you can play to solve the climate crisis and just how you can create a better world for yourself, your children, and grandchildren by getting engaged. The book explains why global warming and climate change do not have to be scary topics. It succinctly explains the science of global warming and the challenges it is causing, then offers a pathway to success.
According to research by the Yale Program on Climate Communication 18% of Americans are alarmed by climate change and are taking individual, consumer and political actions to address it, while another 34% say they are concerned but in reality are not engaged. These 34% are sitting on the sidelines hoping that technological breakthroughs, government initiatives and/or the efforts of those 18% will solve the problem. But that 18% is not enough to win this race.
This book will inspire those "concerned but not engaged citizens" to jump in the boat and start rowing. If they do, the movement will become unstoppable. Looking back from 2050, the author presents two futures, one if we do take effective individual and collective actions, the other if we do not. The final chapter is filled with extraordinary resources for those who want to explore the issues further, from the shift to renewable energy to dealing with plastics and climate refugees.
As the subtitle suggests, In Our Hands is indeed a Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis .
As an audio book, only the first half, with best and worst case scenarios for our future, is interesting. The second half is not of any use on audio. In print, it can function as a guide that gives an overview of existing films, books and articles about climate change, but it makes no sense to make a spoken list all these resources.
Besides this, I expected a more original take on making more people actively involved. But this book doesn't give any new approach, it just advises to "watch films like Before the Flood and An Inconvenient Truth".