I noticed in the Acknowledgments of the book, and from the podcast Outrage and Optimism, that Christiana’s two brothers died while the book was getting published. Her father, and brother who were both former presidents of Costa Rica, are both given credit for Costa Rica’s progressive green policies. This made me curious about the family history, which I found to be fascinating! So, for you history buffs, or really anyone interested in the origins of this remarkable family’s dedication to preserving life on this planet, I encourage you to dig into the Fugueres family history. I am not vouching for the accuracy of Wikipedia, but I think you will find it interesting!
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I found this discussion about The Future We Choose by The Climate Council of Australia for anyone that wants to listen in, or hasn't had time to read the book. I found it interesting to hear what the Aussies think.
Thanks for the inspirational thoughts, Linda!
Last night at our monthly meeting we discussed the term “Stubborn Optimism,” a word I believe coined by Christiana Fugueres, and a theme of the book. To piggyback on that discussion, I recently became aware of a recurrent phrase from the Obama administration that embraces a similar concept, and seems simplistic at first glance. That phrase is “Hard things are hard”. Obama is known to have a plaque on his desk with those words. It does help me to put our present challenges and difficulties in perspective, and to acknowledge that we are not the first generation to face what look like insurmountable odds. Across human history people have stood up to challenges that at the time were no less intimidating than those that we confront today. The Future We Choose acknowledges that this is one of those hard things that IS hard, and puts us in the company of humans that stood up to the test and didn’t give up when the going got hard.