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Leo Barasi: The Climate Majority; Apathy & Action in an Age of Nationalism
David Hone: Putting the Genie Back; Solving the Climate and Energy Dilemma
Leo Barasi is a freelance consultant on climate change policy and campaigns. He writes regularly for the Guardian, New Statesman, Open Democracy, Climate Home, and on his own site, Noise of the Crowd. He is an experienced media commentator and a regular guest on the podcast Polling Matters. He was awarded the 2014 Sustainable Futures Prize by Birkbeck, University of London, from where he holds a master’s degree in Climate Change Management.
Leo Barasi’s important and timely new book, The Climate Majority, is not about the climate deniers or the climate activists. It’s about apathy, about those who don’t talk about global warming, the billions of people who have heard plenty about climate change and acknowledge there’s a problem, but who are just not engaged enough to stimulate the change required to stop it.
Preventing extreme climate change is one of the hardest tasks humans have ever faced. Rising nationalism and the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement are blows to progress. However only by influencing those who have, so far, remained outside the debate, will we have a chance of building a climate majority to back the measures required to avoid disaster.
'Apathy is arguably, the greatest barrier to action on climate change. Leo’s book shines a much-needed light on this oft-forgotten topic and, crucially, suggests a compelling way forward.' - Leo Hickman, editor of Carbon Brief.
David Hone works as Chief Climate Change Adviser at Shell International Ltd and has been involved with the climate change issue for 15 years. He is a board member, (and former Chair), for the International EmissionsTrading Association, (IETA), and Washington-based think tank Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions, (C2ES). David is the only expert working within the energy industry engaging in this debate publicly through his blog and previous books in this series: 2°C Will Be Harder Than We Think and Why Carbon Pricing Matters.
David questions whether it is realistic to believe that workable solutions can be found to cover the full range of services delivered by fossil fuels, and whether warming can be limited to the agreed global goals of the Paris Agreement. Putting the Genie Back explores the climate issue from its very beginnings through to the end of the 21st Century and looks in depth at the transition challenge we collectively face.
Understanding climate change is, for many of us, confusing. Not just the science but the array of solutions put forward by politicians, business people, academics and activists. In this new book, David draws on his vast experience of working in the energy industry and he investigates whether, as deployment of new energy technologies accelerates, solutions can be found to cover the full range of services delivered by fossil fuels and if warming can be limited to the agreed global goals.
'Putting the Genie Back is a sobering and insightful look at our global climate challenge and how we arrived at this point. Hone then pragmatically describes solutions, if our combined political will can be summoned to the task. A clear-eyed view of the possible.” - Bob Perciasepe, President of C2ES and former EPA Deputy Administrator.
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