I was pleasantly surprised by how simple terms this book uses to explain what’s going on in our world right now, and which are the most urgent challenges related to world climate.
Here are a couple of points, I think are worth thinking more than twice to get familiar with this problem. (Personally, I brought down some myths and popular beliefs).
1. The two biggest sources of emissions today are what we use to build things (cement, steel and plastic), and how we plug (electricity). It’s very interesting to read why cement and steel release so many gases and why searching for “green” cement is very important.
2. The important role governments play in all this (wether they’re local, state or national wise). Like parents with their kid, governments need to lead by example. They are also responsible for incentivizing the private sector and startups to raise their R&D spends and bring new technology to life.
3. Somewhat similar to the previous point. How policies play a critical role, to push forward technology, and also get rid of the old one. At the same time, policies need to be in sync with the market requests and the releasing of products and new methods to bring down emissions.
4. The solution to have zero emissions by 2050 (or even reduce them by 2030) has so many angles and perspectives. There’s no one single thing that solves this. As individuals we can start looking after some extra money we can pay in “green premiums” in our current bills (electricity, water, gas, etc), and so “create a demand” and send signals to companies that we care about reducing emissions.
Overall, an awesome read. Now to start taking some action.