Taken from The World Future Council www.worldfuturecouncil.org

"Here’s the book we’ve been waiting for, a thorough, up-to-date, and above all proportionate response to our climatic predicament. When I say proportionate, I mean: it tells us how to solve the problem we really have, not the one we wish we had. It’s truly important!"
Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org

The post-Copenhagen world requires a fresh look at the big picture. In the absence of international agreements, what steps can be taken nationally, regionally and locally to reduce both carbon emissions and carbon concentrations? The former can be achieved through a transformation in energy production, saving and use, and the latter through biological carbon sequestration. This book sets out examples of these strategies, in policy and practice, from around the world. In addition, the essential question of the active participation of all sectors of society in this transformation is considered through examples of existing initiatives, and the wider issue of democratic reform.

A Renewable World was developed in conjunction with dozens of world experts and features solutions on renewable energy, biosequestration, energy sufficiency, energy for developing countries, green collar jobs, cities, transport, agriculture and food, regional economies, and civil participation and democracy. It seeks to clarify what can be done, and how we can all benefit, long into the future.

Extract taken from introduction

The living planet we inhabit has effectively become a disposable world. We have been using resources as though there were no tomorrow. We have been dumping our wastes in the air, on land and in the sea with little concern about the consequences. We have been living off nature’s capital rather than its annual income. It is time to take the right steps to make it a renewable world.

''In this book we are trying to address a number of urgent issues in a holistic way, acknowledging that those alive today have a greater responsibility to future life than
any generation before – because of our unprecedented numbers and the enormous global impacts of our ubiquitous uses of energy and technology.''

''Dealing with climate change – and its environmental, economic and social consequences – is the greatest challenge for human security in the 21st century – especially
when one takes into account tackling poverty and truly sustainable development at the same time. There has been a great deal of research and much recent publicity about the huge problems facing us, but plausible proposals on how to deal with these are, so far, woefully inadequate. A few reports have given some indication about what can actually done about climate change, but very little has so far been written about how the necessary changes can be brought about. This book deals with its chosen subject as an ethical problem that needs to be addressed on behalf of future generations, as well as those alive today.''

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A Renewable World: Energy, Ecology, Equality(pdf link)