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The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres
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“Three centuries ago Jonathan Swift wrote, “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it.”21 How prophetic this turned out to be. A recent analysis by MIT shows that on Twitter lies spread on average six times faster than truth, and that truth never reaches the same level of penetration.22 Social media is an engine for the production and dissemination of lies.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“History has shown that when approximately 3.5 percent of the population participates in nonviolent protest, success becomes inevitable.102 No nonviolent protest has ever failed to achieve its aims once it reached that threshold of participation. In the UK, this would be 2.3 million people. In the United States, 11 million.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“For change to become transformational, our change in mindset must manifest in our actions.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“Consumerism traps us into thinking we can purchase personality.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“the fashion industry has an enormous carbon footprint. Textile production is second only to the oil industry for pollution. It adds more greenhouse gases to our atmosphere than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. Estimates suggest that the fashion industry is responsible for a whopping 10 percent of global CO2 emissions,26 and as we increase our consumption of fast fashion, the related emissions are set to grow rapidly.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“The planet will survive, in changed form no doubt, but it will survive. The question is whether we will be here to witness it.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“have practically disappeared from our diets.12 But the plant-based replacements are so good that most of us don’t notice the absence of meat and dairy. Most young children cannot believe we used to kill any animals for food.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“We can no longer afford to assume that addressing climate change is the sole responsibility of national or local governments, or corporations or individuals. This is an everyone-everywhere mission in which we all must individually and collectively assume responsibility.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“Melting permafrost is also releasing ancient microbes that today’s humans have never been exposed to—and as a result have no resistance”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“All too often in the face of a task, we move quickly to “doing” without first reflecting on “being”—what we personally bring to the task, as well as what others might. And the most important thing we can bring is our state of mind.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“Stubborn optimism needs to motivate you daily; you always need to bear in mind why you feel the future is worth fighting for.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“Textile production is second only to the oil industry for pollution. It adds more greenhouse gases to our atmosphere than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“With our support, regeneration can become the predominant direction of the future evolution of this planet.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“Anger that sinks into despair is powerless to make a change. Anger that evolves into conviction is unstoppable.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“We tend to cling to what we know and resist what is new—even when the new brings tremendous benefits. Opposition to onshore wind turbines in the UK is a good example. Even though onshore wind is now the cheapest form of energy6 (cheaper than coal, oil, gas, and other renewable sources), rural landowners have significantly resisted it, keen to preserve the appearance of the countryside. When the Conservative Party (which derives much of its support from these rural communities) came to power in 2015, it slashed subsidies and changed planning laws for onshore wind—leading to an 80 percent reduction in new capacity.7 Only now, with climate change awareness rapidly rising among the UK public, is support for onshore wind starting to outweigh an attachment to yesterday’s aesthetics.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“If democracy is to survive and thrive into the twenty-first century, climate change is the one big test that it cannot fail.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“If you have the option of voting with your money, make more educated decisions about the products you do need to buy. Buy”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“focus, and you will”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“It is in the interest of every country to bring all its resources to bear on problems across the world.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“Climate deniers are shamelessly protecting the short-term financial interests of the fossil fuel industry to the detriment of the long-term interests of their own descendants.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“Industrial agriculture and the food industry, which often prioritize profitable food over nutritious food, are almost as big a driver of climate change as fossil fuels. Yet much of the food produced is never eaten. It doesn’t even necessarily get to the people who need it. In the Global South, a lack of roads and storage facilities means that food often rots before it gets to people, and even if it does reach them in time, they might not have the money to buy it. In the Global North, food languishes in home and store refrigerators until well past its use-by date, or it is left uneaten on the plate at the end of a meal and then thrown away. Such waste then drives greater food production.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“To have at least a 50 percent chance of success (which in itself is an unacceptably high level of risk), we must cut global emissions to half their current levels by 2030, half again by 2040, and finally to net zero by 2050 at the very latest.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis