The Future We Choose

Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac

The Future We Choose



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Climate change has put us in a dire situation. We are living in the most critical decade ever known in human history: we have either reached the end of the road, or we are standing at the beginning of a new era. We can still fight the climate crisis, but it depends on many factors, and especially on our behaviour. In The Future We Choose, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, known as the main drivers behind the 2015 Paris Agreement, analyse the potential risks of our continued inertia, and outline opportunities still available to us, explaining how we can save the planet and actually choose the future we want.

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Analysis and key concepts


Climate change is the biggest threat to humanity, and if we don’t take action in the next decade, we risk extinction


Creating a sustainable future is possible, but it will require major changes and we will have to remain stubbornly optimistic and completely focused on collaboration


Technology is a huge asset in ending the climate crisis, but we must use it responsibly


It is not too late to fight the climate crisis, but the big systemic changes we need will require the involvement of government agencies and political action




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Christiana Figueres is one of the world's leading authorities on climate change and served as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010 to 2016. Following the failure of the Copenhagen conference in 2009, she headed international negotiations that led to the historic Paris Agreement in 2015, and which was unanimously signed by 195 countries.

Tom Rivett-Carnac is a British political lobbyist who specialises in international diplomacy, energy policy, and climate change. He was Christiana Figueres’ political strategist from 2013 to 2016, including during the negotiations that led to the signing of the Paris Agreement. He founded Global Optimism with Christiana Figueres, an organisation that focuses on environmental and social change, and also hosts the podcast Outrage + Optimism.

Publishing house:

Vintage Books