Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics, pandemics - the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? How can we take control of technology? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do, as individuals?
Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is full of hope, practical, and enjoyable. This is the big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of our day, laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots - questions of how we live and think. This updated edition has new material on protests, pandemics, wildfires, investments, carbon targets and of course, on the key question: given all this, what can I do?
What the critics say
'This is a massively entertaining compendium of bite-sized facts ... It's also massively important, given the current state of the planet.' Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
'What is amazing and unique about this wonderful book is that it simultaneously addresses the practical every day questions troubling so many of us in these turbulent times while also clearing away the fog obscuring our paths into the future. And it does so in beautifully clear language. This truly is The Handbook we all need to flourish on our small planet.' Stewart Wallis, Executive Chair, The Wellbeing Economy Alliance
'Who should read There is No Planet B? Everyone. Mike Berners-Lee has written a far-ranging and truth-telling handbook that is as readable as it is instructive.' Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker and author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
'A much-needed, critically important, straight-talking handbook for absolutely everyone on our long-suffering planet. We ignore it at our peril.' Mark Carwardine, co-author (with Douglas Adams) of Last Chance to See
'... it is intended as a sort of Alexa to tell you how to live in a more planet-friendly fashion ... The book is as jargon-free as possible to ensure maximum reach, while endnotes hold details for the technically minded. Amazingly, it manages to make the complexities of planet-scale economic and environmental interconnectivity fun: a platter of potential doom, served with a smiley face and sparkler ... There is no Planet B is a rallying cry for a generation worried that they will inherit a world shorn of nature's wonders and of the freedoms and opportunities we take for granted. Buying the book and adopting its key guidelines and mindset will go a long way to ensuring the planet we hand on may just be liveable.' Adrian Barnett, New Scientist