This book shows us how.

Take a deep breath and decide that collectively, we can do this.

And you will play your part.

We have just entered the most consequential decade in human history. The scientific assessment of climate change suggests this can either be our final hour, or our finest. The Future We Choose is an inspiring manifesto from Global Optimism Co-Founders, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. It explains what’s to come, how to face it and what we can do. 

Practical, optimistic and empowering, this is a book for every generation that shows us how we can move beyond the climate crisis into a thriving future.

''One of the most inspiring books I have ever read''
Yuval Harari, bestselling author of Sapiens

The Future We Choose launches on 25 February 2020 with a series of events around the world. Join a discussion near you.


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    ‘This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. The book takes a hard look at the frightening realities of climate change, but concludes that humanity can still deal with this threat. Moreover, the book presents the existential challenge of climate change as a unique opportunity to build a more just world and to make ourselves better people. Most importantly, the book adopts a very practical approach, and suggests 10 concrete actions that each of us can take in order to create a better future for all the residents of planet earth. I hope we all take this message to heart.’

    Yuval Harari

    ‘The Paris Agreement was a landmark for humanity. In this timely and important book, two of the principle creators of that agreement show us why and how we can now realise its' promise. I hope it is widely read and acted on.’


    PhD, DBE. Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

    Why we wrote The Future We Choose

    Humanity has come together to achieve great things and solve the seemingly impossible before, and we believe if we get the tools to enough people, their optimism and momentum will catalyse many others, and we will have achieved greatness again. When we are united by a common enemy or a shared goal, it is astonishing what is achievable. 

    Our experience is that optimism gets things done. In the negotiations leading up to the unanimous signing of the Paris Agreement, shifting to optimism after years of failed treaties convinced 195 countries that it was possible to enter a complex, binding international agreement. We’ve learned that Optimism is a strategy to change the world, not just a personal attitude.

    It is 5 years since the Paris Agreement was signed and its historic achievement is in serious danger. We must act now to realise its promise. All of the scenarios set out by governments to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees show a global peak in emissions this year, and halving emissions in the next 10 years. We stand at a moment of unprecedented consequence. Every day is a chance that will not come again.

    Learn more from the incredible conversations Christiana and Tom have had with David Attenborough, Richard Branson, Greta Thunberg, Ellie Goulding, David Miliband and many more on Outrage and Optimism.