Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet (Hardback)
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Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 11/01/2024
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Optimistic and hopeful, Ritchie's rigorously researched volume demonstrates how far we have come towards creating a truly sustainable planet and what we should be focusing on to ensure further progress.

Feeling anxious, powerless or confused about the future of our planet? This book will transform how you see our biggest environmental problems -- and how we can solve them.

We are bombarded by doomsday headlines that tell us the soil won't be able to support crops, fish will vanish from our oceans, that we should reconsider having children. But in this bold, radically hopeful book, data scientist Hannah Ritchie argues that if we zoom out, a very different picture emerges. The data shows we've made so much progress on these problems, and so fast, that we could be on track to achieve true sustainability for the first time in history.

Packed with the latest research, practical guidance and enlightening graphics, this book will make you rethink almost everything you've been told about the environment, from the virtues of eating locally and living in the countryside, to the evils of overpopulation, plastic straws and palm oil. It will give you the tools to understand what works, what doesn't and what we urgently need to focus on so we can leave a sustainable planet for future generations.

These problems are big. But they are solvable. We are not doomed. We can build a better future for everyone. Let's turn that opportunity into reality.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784745004
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 555 g
Dimensions: 243 x 161 x 30 mm


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This is a book for anyone who finds it difficult to believe in a better future. It’s the most uplifting book I’ve read all year - Ben Cooke, The Times

It’s time to drop the vibes-based approach to environmentalism for something a little more robust - Matt Reynolds, Wired

Full of “radical hope” digging behind the doomsday predictions to find out ways we can and will make the world a better place - Stylist

Full of pragmatic, hopeful solutions . . . We urgently need her and people like her – optimists who’ll say: you know what, we can turn this around; look at these numbers, look at these solutions - Bibi van der Zee, Guardian

There is real peril in our widespread failure to understand just how much human lives have been improved through societal efforts . . . As Ritchie demonstrates, a better future for both people and planet is possible and even achievable - Earl C Ellis, Science

Is there any room for hope amid the doomladen headlines about the environment? Emphatically yes, argues data scientist Ritchie - Guardian

Not the End of the World uses data to illuminate the message that information – and engagement – can help us resist defeatism about the climate crisis - Imogen Dewey, Guardian Australia

I love Hannah Ritchie... I love this book. I emerged from it feeling hopeful, which is a high-priced commodity these days - JOHN GREEN

An inspiring data-mine which gives us not only real guidance, but the most necessary ingredient of all: hope - MARGARET ATWOOD, TED2023

The climate and environmental crisis now has its Hans Rosling. Hannah Ritchie has charted an invigorating, inspiring, often surprising tour of recent human history and the many marks of progress it contains. Will the world make good on that optimism in the future? That is up to the rest of us - DAVID WALLACE-WELLS, author of The Uninhabitable Earth

It shines with practicality and positivity . . . Let's get it into the hands of as many policy makers, politicians and fellow citizens as possible - RUTGER BREGMAN, author of Human Kind: A Hopeful History

The perfect book to start your new year reading on a hopeful footing - The Earthbound Report

Such a clear-eyed view of the state we're in - TIM HARFORD, author of How to Make the World Add Up

A refreshing perspective on the problems that the world faces, providing plenty of optimism while not sugar-coating the deep structural challenges at the root of it all - HELEN CZERSKI, author of Blue Machine

Data is a superpower. Let Hannah Ritchie show you the world as it really is. Then go out and change it for the better - MARK LYNAS, author of Six Degrees

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“Much needed counterpoint to the paralysing doom messages - read it to see we can make the changes needed!”

Exceptional book on climate change. Focuses on how we got here, what’s been achieved and what should really be our focus, this is a much needed counterpoint to the often paralysing doom-laden messages that hit the... More

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“An Interesting Read”

We are bombarded by doomsday headlines that tell us the soil won't be able to support crops, fish will vanish from our oceans, that we should reconsider having children. But in this bold, radically hopeful book,... More

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“Well worth a read - a glass half full”

Brilliant data scientist Hannah Ritchie is a glass half full kind of woman. This new book - Not the End of the World - is a data-driven exercise in slaying myths and laying out the grounds for optimism on issues such... More

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