Five Times Faster
Rethinking the Science, Economics, and Diplomacy of Climate Change
by Simon Sharpe
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Pub Date 29 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 01 Jun 2023
We need to act five times faster to avoid dangerous climate change. As Greenland melts, Australia burns, and greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, we think we know who the villains are: oil companies, consumerism, weak political leaders. But what if the real blocks to progress are the ideas and institutions that are supposed to be helping us? Five Times Faster is an inside story from Simon Sharpe, who has spent ten years at the forefront of climate change policy and diplomacy. In our fight to avoid dangerous climate change, science is pulling its punches, diplomacy is picking the wrong battles, and economics has been fighting for the other side. This provocative and engaging book sets out how we should rethink our strategies and reorganise our efforts in the fields of science, economics, and diplomacy, so that we can act fast enough to stay safe.
‘Pace is truly what matters in the climate fight - and the idea in this book that intrigues me the most is that a certain kind of reductionism has blinded us to the common interests that need to guide our work if it's going to happen in time.’ Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
‘As the world is suffocating under extreme weather events, widespread food and water scarcity, destruction of ecosystems, and a series of other interrelated climate-linked crises, Simon Sharpe’s book is a breath of fresh air … Five Times Faster takes you on a captivating - yet alarming - journey through the complexities of climate change … Simon’s book is an important leap in the right direction.’ Mariana Mazzucato, University College, London, and author of Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism