“Great fun to read; kind, tough, and often very funny.” Lord Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics
“We can rely on Jeremy Leggett to provide an interesting and insightful perspective.” Richard Branson, Virgin Group
“A vital message that deserves as wide an audience as possible.” Mark Lewis, Barclays
“Entertaining, informative and almost impossible to put down.” Nicci Talbot, Huffington Post
Humanity is in a race, a kind of civil war.
On the light side, the believers in a sustainable future based on clean energy fight to save us from climate change. The dark side defends the continuing use of fossil fuels, often careless of the impact it has on the world.
Jeremy Leggett fought for the light side for a quarter of a century as it lost battle after battle. Then, in 2013, the tide began to turn. By 2015, it was clear the the war could be won.
Leggett’s front-line chronicle tells one person’s story of those turnaround years, culminating in dramatic scenes at the Paris climate summit, and what they can mean for the world.
In this updated edition, an extra chapter summarises the events of 2016 and 2017 as they appear from the vantage point of another climate summit in Paris on the second anniversary of the original.
Jeremy Leggett is an award-winning social entrepreneur and critically-acclaimed author whose books include The Carbon War, Half Gone, and The Energy of Nations. He is founder and a director of Solarcentury, the UK's fastest growing renewable energy company since 2000, now developing and installing solar in a dozen countries on four continents. He is also founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with five percent of Solarcentury’s annual profit’s, itself parent to a non-profit social venture, SunnyMoney, that has sold almost two million solar lights in Africa. An Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, he has been described by the Observer as 'Britain’s most respected green energy boss'. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, has won a Gothenburg Prize, and was the first non-Dutch winner of a Royal Dutch Honorary Sustainability Award. He lectures on short courses in business and society at the universities of Cambridge and St Gallen, and is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. An occasional writer for national media including the Guardian and the Financial Times, he maintains a website blog on the opportunities and dangers of tech: www.jeremyleggett.net.
Jeremy Leggett gives a personal testimony of the dangers often ignored and incompletely understood - a journey through the human mind, the institutionalization of denial, and the reasons civilizations fail. It is also an account of tantalizing hope, because mobilizing renewables and redeploying energy funding can soften the crash of modern capitalism and set us on a road to renaissance.