We had a good meeting Wednesday, with a big thumbs up for The Ministry for the Future by Robinson. It’s a fictional visualization of the next 30 years or so, and how things might work out re: climate change. A wild ride with cataclysmic events, yet plenty of chapters are plausible expositions of solutions—from technical to economic. He has tackled the whole enchilada! And many of us appreciate his audacity and hard work in doing so. The general conclusion is hopeful, with some definite echoes of Doughnut Economics. If you haven’t read it, we'd recommend it!
We do have an extra week before the April meeting, because March has 5 Wednesdays. But we didn’t realize that at the meeting. It seemed like a good idea (and still does) to make April’s selection short and easily available. Hence, articles. Jason sent us several from The Economist, and Barb is going to send us some from Yes magazine. Take your pick or read them all. I can forward Jason’s articles to anyone who doesn’t have them (he can too). And Barb said she would send hers soon.
With something short for April, there should be time to acquire and start tackling something longer for May. The front-runner appears to be Bill Gates’ new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. Others in the mix:
Learning to Die in the Anthropocene by Roy Scranton (by the way, he has a newer one, We’re Doomed, Now What? of 2018)
Half-Earth by E.O. Wilson
Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency by Mark Lynas