Tackling the realities of what we need(ed) to do to tackle climate change (the book was first published in 2006), Monbiot does a great job of cutting through the bullshit. He’s not afraid to call us (and himself) out for our inaction – he tells it how it is.
In order to argue convincingly that his suggested measures could be effective, it’s necessary for Monbiot to go into a lot of detail. Although I found the details pretty fascinating, it was a little tough going at times. The vast complexity of both the measures to combat climate change and the effects that climate change is having on the planet go a long way to explaining our inaction — if we don’t understand it, why do anything about it?
Reading the book ten years after its publication means that I’m constantly wondering whether any of his suggestions have been put into action – my fear is that they haven’t. The book ends with a call to action – it feels all the more powerful when you know that things still haven’t really changed.