Not the End of the World
How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet
by Hannah Ritchie
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Pub Date 11 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 10 Feb 2024
Random House UK, Vintage, Chatto & Windus
** THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER **
‘A book for anyone who finds it difficult to believe in a better future’ THE TIMES
Feeling anxious, powerless, or confused about the future of our planet? This book will transform how you see our biggest environmental problems -- and how we can solve them.
A STYLIST BEST NON-FICTION 2024 * A GUARDIAN BIGGEST FICTION AND NON-FICTION FOR 2024 * A WATERSTONES ‘BOOK YOU NEED TO READ IN 2024’ * A GUARDIAN ‘FIVE GREAT READS’
We are bombarded by doomsday headlines that tell us the soil won't be able to support crops, fish will vanish from our oceans, that we should reconsider having children.
But in this bold, radically hopeful book, data scientist Hannah Ritchie argues that if we zoom out, a very different picture emerges. The data shows we've made so much progress on these problems, and so fast, that we could be on track to achieve true sustainability for the first time in history.
Packed with the latest research, practical guidance and enlightening graphics, this book will make you rethink almost everything you've been told about the environment, from the virtues of eating locally and living in the countryside, to the evils of overpopulation, plastic straws and palm oil. It will give you the tools to understand what works, what doesn't and what we urgently need to focus on so we can leave a sustainable planet for future generations.
These problems are big. But they are solvable. We are not doomed. We can build a better future for everyone. Let's turn that opportunity into reality.
'Practical and truly essential' MARGARET ATWOOD * 'Does for the environment what Hans Rosling did for health' BILL GATES * 'Invigorating, inspiring, often surprising' DAVID WALLACE-WELLS * ‘I find it hard to express how much I love this book’ RUTGER BREGMAN * 'An unmissable myth-busting book to save our planet – read it' TIM SPECTOR
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How delightful to have a comprehensive book on the environment which talks about the good news as well as the bad. Unusually, the author gives a balanced analysis of the state of the world and acknowledges the immense strides that have already been taken to deal with the problems such as poverty, food production, and clean energy, as well as setting out the challenges still facing the world. The underlying optimism of this book mark it out from the deluge of disaster stories which may sell books but omits fully half the story. Proselytising on environental issues has created an environment where only doom-ridden stories have been acceptable. The author of this book has had the coutrage and clearness of vision to take an unbiased and expert view. This book does not underestimate in any way the fact that the world is facing imminent and serious problems but by including the advances that human cooperation and technology can achieve the book provides a much needed fuller picture. An expert view which includes acknowledgement of environmental successes as well as serious dangers is very welcome.