There Is No Planet B
A Handbook For The Make Or Break Years
Big picture of how humanity can thrive in the twenty-first century; a book of realistic hope from a leading environmental author.
|Titel:||There Is No Planet B|
|auteur:||Berners-lee, Mike (lancaster University)|
|Uitgever:||Cambridge University Press|
|Plaats van publicatie:||03|
|Afmetingen:||215 x 138 x 18|
Mike Berners-Lee thinks, writes, researches and consults on sustainability and responses to the challenges of the twenty-first century. He is the founder of Small World Consulting (SWC), an associate company of Lancaster University, which works with organisations from small businesses to the biggest tech giants. SWC is a leader in the field of carbon metrics, targets and actions. His previous books include How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything (2010) and The Burning Question: We Can't Burn Half the World's Oil, Coal, and Gas. So How Do We Quit? (2013, co-written with Duncan Clark). This book explores the big picture of climate change and the underlying global dynamics, asking what mix of politics, economics, psychology and technology is really required to deal with the problem. Berners-Lee is a professor in the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University, where he develops practical tools for thinking about the future, and researches the global food system and carbon metrics.
'Books about climate change usually make for grim reading. It is refreshing, then, to come across one that takes a different approach, presenting itself as a 'handbook' for how humanity can thrive in dark times … The book is full of lists of what individuals can do to help the planet (such as eating less beef and voting for politicians who understand climate change) … Berners-Lee's greatest contribution is that he tackles this head on, taking a panoramic approach that runs from geeky facts about energy efficiency to musings about how to create a more truthful culture … The central question that the book addresses, though, is probably the greatest issue of our time: how can we keep living happily on this planet? As the world continues to warm, it is a question that will become ever more urgent. Berners-Lee does not have all the answers, but certainly makes a noble start.' Leslie Hook , Financial Times
Acknowledgments; Notes on units; 1. Introduction; 2. Food; 3. More on climate and environment; 4. Energy; 5. Travel and transport; 6. Growth, money and metrics; 7. People and work; 8. Business and technology; 9. Values, truth and trust; 10. Conclusion: thinking skills for today's world; 11. Big picture summary; 12. What can I do? Summary; Appendix: climate change basics; Alphabetical quick tour; Endnotes; Index.
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