What will the world look like in 2050 if we take action to get global warming under control? What will the world look like if we won't?
Imagining a world in which these two scenarios play out, In Our Hands: A Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis looks at the individual and collective actions we must take to shape our future and avoid environmental and societal collapse.
At this crucial point in time, In Our Hands is more relevant than ever. Packed with information, ideas, and resrouces, this book inspires us to move from concern to action. The choice is literally in our hands. By collaborating across generations we can build a more resilient and healthier world.
About the Author
Wilford developed future planning scenarios for a number of multinational corporations, including Citibank and Toyota. He was the leader of a research team in 1992 that developed The Wealth of Nations Index using 63 variables to measure each nation's economic, information technology and social-well being. In 2008 he was the author of a book entitled The Tactics of Hope, How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing our World.
Wilford has also been deeply involved in outdoor and environmental education, including being chair of the board of the NatureBridge Golden Gate campus and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). In 1994 Wilford led the support team on Mount Everest of NOLS instructors who removed 5,000 pounds of trash off the high camps and introduced the notion of Leave No Trace to Everest mountaineering.
"Over the past decades, Wilford has created and led several large conferences exploring the issues addressed in this book, including two Quest for Global Healing gatherings in Bali, Indonesia in 2004 and 2007 for over 1,000 participants from forty countries, and the Beyond Sustainability conference that took place at the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii in 2010. Wilford has a BA from Yale, a law degree from Berkeley, and a PMD degree from the Harvard Business School. He lives in Sausalito California.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Two Futures
Chapter 2: The Probable Future—How Our Actions Led to Our Collapse—Looking Back From the Year 2050
Chapter 3: The Possible Future—How We Saved Ourselves—A REvolution of Values and Actions
- Looking back from the year 2050
- We woke up to the threat of global warming and stopped burning carbon
- We rejected the politics of fear
- We embraced higher human values
- We re-defined wealth, progress and the “good life”
- We began addressing the population challenge
- We moved toward connection and cooperation
Chapter 4: The Possible Future—Who Made It Happen and What Did They Do?
- A “REvolution” led by Millennials, supported by Boomers, and all of us
- Why the Boomers?
- Individual action: the power of many “ones”
- From ME to WE: Everyone on Board for the REvolution
• Women’s Organizations
• Not-for-Profit Organizations
• Businesses, Social Entrepreneurs and “Intrapreneurs”
• Architects and Builders
• The Legal Profession
• Mainstream Media, Documentaries, and Social Media
• Educational Institutions
• Religious and Spiritual Groups
• Agriculture and Food Industries
• States, Cities, Towns and Local Communities
• National Governments
• The United Nations
Now, in 2050: a more resilient, sustainable and prosperous world…
Chapter 5: What Specific Actions Are You Going to Take?
- Your Commitment
Chapter 6: Resources for Learning and Action
I. Our Major Challenges
A. Global Warming and Climate Change
B. Related Challenges
2. Overdevelopment and Consumption
3. Degrading Land, Water, and Ocean Resources
4. Plastics in the Environment
5. Climate Refugees
6. Species Extinction
II. Hope for the Future
A. Future Visions
B. Renewable Energy Revolution
C. Economic and Business Solutions”
III. Exploring Values and Consciousness
A. The Evolution of Consciousness
B. Personal Growth, Spirituality, and Encore Years
C. Thought Leaders
IV. Environmental Activist and Educational Organizations
A. Activist Organizations
B. Interfaith Organizations
C. Educational Organizations
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