Climate change is the most important crisis humanity has faced, but we still confront huge barriers to resolving it. So, what do we do, and is there hope for humanity? The problem itself is complex, and there’s no single solution. But by understanding the barriers to resolving global warming and by employing a wide range of solutions—from shifting to clean energy to planting trees to reforming agricultural practices—we can get the world back on track.
Just Cool It is David Suzuki at his most passionate. In this book, he offers a comprehensive look at the current state of climate science and knowledge and the many ways to resolve the climate crisis, imploring us to do what’s necessary to live in a better, cleaner future. When enough people demand action, change starts happening—and this time, it could be monumental.
Those who feel disempowered by the challenges of climate change will benefit from this carefully argued, accessible primer from Suzuki (The Legacy), a scientist, broadcaster, and prolific writer, and author Hanington (Everything Under the Sun). The authors give an excellent overview of the science behind alarming global weather changes as well as the seemingly intractable obstacles represented by political denial in a fossil fuel addicted economy. The text easily flows into how personal choices such as non-car commuting, conserving energy, reducing consumption, and making conscious choices that reduce reliance on industrial agriculture can have a collective impact on stemming the tide of global warming. With logical and helpful case studies, they praise the rapidly evolving potential of wind, solar, and geothermal power while dispelling greenwashing myths about more traditional energy sources, including nuclear power, biofuels, hydro megadams, and garbage incineration. Most crucially, the authors persuasively argue that the technical know-how for positive, affordable, environmentally friendly solutions already exists, but only an engaged, vocal citizenry will be able to tackle the political and psychological forces that continue to prevent the transition to a sustainable world and stabilized climate.