Alex Steffen In Carbon Zero: "Please, Don’t Just Read: Reimagine"
"If that were the end of the story we could all just start drinking now. Hell, I’d buy the first round. But it’s not. We still have a choice," he reassures us in the book. While he says the outcome is certainly not the rosiest, we do have the opportunity to save our planet and ensure that the changes we experience aren't world-ending ones. What does he say we have to do to ensure that our planet doesn't warm up by more than 2 degrees (the optimal temperature that will keep us from moving into the "catastrophic" category)? We have to bring our carbon emissions down to zero. Carbon neutrality, he says, is possible—but will require a committed effort from everyone on Earth. In the book, and in his speeches, Steffen sheds light on the seemingly impossible—yet completely attainable—goal of creating a climate-balanced global economy. He is honest, but optimistic, and says that preparing for a carbon-neutral future will not only ensure that we protect our planet—but that we also experience a higher quality of life in the process.