1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $21.00

Buy for $21.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Climate change: It is arguably the most urgent and consequential issue humankind has ever faced. How we address it in the next 30 years will determine the kind of world we will live in and will bequeath to our children and to theirs.

In The Future We Choose, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac - who led negotiations for the United Nations during the historic Paris Agreement of 2015 - have written a cautionary but optimistic audiobook about the world's changing climate and the fate of humanity. The authors outline two possible scenarios for our planet. In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris climate targets. In the other, they lay out what it will be like to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world. They argue for confronting the climate crisis head-on, with determination and optimism. 

The Future We Choose presents our options and tells us what governments, corporations, and each of us can and must do to fend off disaster. 

©2020 Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“The Paris Agreement was a landmark for humankind. In this timely and important book, two of the principal creators of that agreement show us why and how we can now realize its promise. I hope it is widely read and acted on.” (Jane Goodall, author of In the Shadow of Man)

“This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. The book takes a hard look at the frightening realities of climate change, but concludes that humanity can still deal with this threat. Moreover, the book presents the existential challenge of climate change as a unique opportunity to build a more just world and to make ourselves better people. Most importantly, the book adopts a very practical approach, and suggests 10 concrete actions that each of us can take in order to create a better future for all the residents of planet earth. I hope we all take this message to heart.” (Yuval Harari, best-selling author of Sapiens and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century)

"There could not be a more important book." (Richard Branson)

Featured Article: The Best Audiobooks Under 6 Hours


Looking for an audiobook but don’t want to commit yourself for days... or weeks? Are you new to audiobooks? Do you have a short attention span, or not a lot of time to devote to listening? Maybe you're making the leap from podcast episodes to audiobooks, or perhaps you just want to listen to as many books as possible to meet your goals. We've got you covered with some of the best audiobooks under six hours in a wide variety of genres. These audiobooks may be short, but they're big on action, adventure, passion, knowledge, heartfelt feeling, and thought-provoking insights.

What listeners say about The Future We Choose

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    187
  • 4 Stars
    45
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    167
  • 4 Stars
    37
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    163
  • 4 Stars
    37
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Mandatory for Humanity

I would love to say this book is a mandatory listen for all humanity, and in fact it is. However, while the book touches on many topics we all should think seriously about, its presentation seems too elitist to truly reach out and capture the attention and concerns of the people it needs to address. Despite this point, the books brevity makes it a hopeful starting point.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

stories

A few too many stories about imaginating a green future. I was hoping for statistics.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

The importance of respect for nature

As much as we ought to be careful about the way we deal with the planet we live on, listening to this book was an unpleasant experience. Some parts are very true, some are refreshing. Being told how to vote is beyond the acceptable. Without the patronising tone this book would be superb.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Exceptionally Inspiring

I sincerely enjoyed listening to this book and am planning on buying a paper copy. It provides a clear, data-driven history of where we’re at as a planet and lays out an inspiring roadmap of where we need to go from here to ameliorate our environmental woes. Well done.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Let's have an uncomfortable conversation

Mind bending. Not planning on my usual air travel. There are so many things within driving distance I am super interested in.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A contagious frame of mind that led to collective wisdom

The authors in this book present two contrasting narrative styles: one chapter fearful and alarmist, and the next hopeful. The friction between these two chapters works well to underline a key point that we are still inside the window of time in which we have relative agency over the climate.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Textbook

amazing book !!! used this for a class and it was a great read learned so much!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Must Read/Listen

I wasn't expecting to be uplfited, to find this book to be so helpful in so many ways.

I haven't even finished listening.... however I have listened to Chapter 5 on Stubborn Optimism at
least 3 times. I have listened to Chapter 3, "The World We Must Create", at least twice.

I am looking forward to driving to listen to more. If you care about our planet this book inspires and
offers some very useful tools for being with our climate challenges.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great ideas and easy ways to change go forward!

enjoyed listening to this and it was a great reminder of all we can do!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Burst your bubble!

A serious yet uplifting vision for overcoming the greatest threat facing humanity, the clinate crisis. Love the ten point action plan in part III!