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448 Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac: The Future We Choose

“The Future We Choose” outlines a hopeful and actionable roadmap for addressing the climate crisis and building a sustainable future.



"The Future We Choose" by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac presents a compelling call to action in the face of the climate crisis. The authors, who played key roles in the Paris Agreement negotiations, provide a roadmap for individuals, communities, and governments to shape a sustainable and equitable future. Through personal anecdotes, expert insights, and practical strategies, they inspire readers to take immediate action and make conscious choices to mitigate climate change.


  1. Title: The Future We Choose 
  2. Authors: Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac 
  3. Publishing Year: 2020 
  4. Publisher: Knopf Length: 
  5. Approximately 4 hours and 48 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. Urgency and Agency: Emphasizing the need for urgent action, the book empowers individuals and communities to drive change and hold leaders accountable.
  2. Optimism and Courage: Figueres and Rivett-Carnac highlight the importance of maintaining hope and finding the courage to tackle the climate crisis head-on.
  3. Transformative Adaptation: The authors advocate for transformative changes in various sectors, such as energy, transportation, agriculture, and finance, to create a sustainable future.
  4. Collaboration and Solidarity: The book emphasizes the significance of global cooperation and unity in addressing the climate crisis effectively.
  5. Individual Choices and Impact: Figueres and Rivett-Carnac emphasize that every individual's choices and actions matter and contribute to the collective effort of combating climate change.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Climate change doesn't care whether you're a Republican or a Democrat; it will affect you either way."
  2. "A low-carbon lifestyle is not about depriving ourselves; it's about liberating ourselves from the shackles of overconsumption."
  3. "It's time to replace 'retail therapy' with 'climate action therapy.'"
  4. "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you climate change, build resilience."
  5. "Saving the planet is a team sport, and we all get to be superheroes.

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "We have arrived at a fork in the road: one path leads to despair and irreversible damage, the other to opportunity and sustainable prosperity."
  2. "The choices we make over the next decade will determine the future of humanity for centuries to come."
  3. "The climate crisis is not just about carbon emissions; it is about values, morality, and the future we want to create."
  4. "The absence of an international agreement on climate change is a failure of imagination and leadership."
  5. "Our survival depends on embracing the reality that we are all connected and interdependent."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing economic growth and environmental sustainability.
  2. Addressing the disparities between developed and developing countries in the fight against climate change.
  3. Navigating the conflict between short-term interests and long-term global stability.
  4. Deciding on the role of fossil fuel companies in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
  5. Choosing between individual convenience and collective responsibility in lifestyle choices.

5 examples

  1. The Paris Agreement - an international treaty aiming to combat climate change, named after the city where it was adopted.
  2. Greta Thunberg - a prominent teenage climate activist who gained global attention for her efforts to raise awareness about the climate crisis.
  3. Renewable Energy Association (REA) - an organization promoting renewable energy sources and technologies in the UK.
  4. Elon Musk - the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, known for his involvement in sustainable energy solutions and space exploration.
  5. Extinction Rebellion - an environmental movement advocating for immediate and decisive action on the climate and ecological emergency.

Referenced books

  1. "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson
  2. "The Uninhabitable Earth" by David Wallace-Wells
  3. "Doughnut Economics" by Kate Raworth
  4. "This Changes Everything" by Naomi Klein
  5. "Drawdown" edited by Paul Hawken

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