For many of us, the Climate Crisis looks like a brick wall, something the internal combustion-driven economy will slam into and total the system we grew up in. John J. Berger, Ph.D., author of Solving the Climate Crisis: Frontline Reports from the Race to Save the Earth, explored the path forward without getting up with the doom-saying that discourages people from taking action. While John warns of the consequences of continued inaction, his travels and research uncovered stories about progress in building green cities, sustainable business erupting in the Red States, and the many changes in our infrastructure, business, and government practices that are being pioneered around the world, and the changes we can all make in our buying, diet, and when we vote.
Translating our aspirations for a sustainable life as individuals into social change is more complicated than at any time in history. Not only are we more connected, but we are also inundated with fear-based storytelling that doesn’t help us make better decisions. John’s travels at the frontline of the green transition show that the future can be brighter, better, and more equitable than today’s economy, which is slowly starving due to the pollution and global warming it has produced. Living sustainably, taking responsibility for the environmental impact of a business, and communities making investments in renewable, circular economy infrastructures are showing the way to a post-fossil fuel world. Solving the Climate Crisis: Frontline Reports from the Race to Save the Earth is available on Amazon, at Powell’s Books, and in local bookstores.