New book reveals ... 12 Jan 2015

12th January 2015

New book explores why most of us get back under the duvet when climate change is mentioned

The award-winning Carbon Conversations project launches its new book In Time for Tomorrow? by Rosemary Randall and Andy Brown on January 14th 2015, £11.99, available at http://www.carbonconversations.org/Buy_Now and from selected bookshops.

“This lovely handbook covers it all...reckons honestly with the psychological impacts of a crisis that is far too easy for many of us to deny in our everyday lives...”
Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine.

Despite the urgency of climate change, most people close their eyes, turn away and hope that someone else will sort it out. Psychotherapist Rosemary Randall and engineer Andy Brown brought their unusual combination of psychological and technical skills together and set out to discover why.

“As a psychotherapist, I’ve spent my life helping people face their deepest fears and conflicts,” says Rosemary, “and I was sure that was relevant somehow.” “Engineering and science give us the tools to tackle the problem,” says Andy “but they’re no use if we can’t get people to listen and act.”

The pair formed hundreds of small groups across the country where they created a safe and welcoming space, encouraged people to ask searching questions about their lifestyles and climate change, and provided them with the information they needed to make real changes. “It turns out that many of the barriers to fixing climate change are really about our fears, our aspirations and our sense of aloneness,” says Rosemary. The Carbon Conversations project was born – facilitated small groups where people can explore what climate change means, discuss how to halve their personal carbon footprints and how to engage personally and collectively with this difficult subject.

The results of these group explorations (over 3000 people have taken part) have created In Time for Tomorrow? “This isn’t just a book to read and think about on your own,” says Andy. “It gives you a framework for getting together with friends, neighbours and colleagues and exploring the issues for yourself.”

In full colour, beautifully designed and packed with stories from participants, In Time for Tomorrow? offers practical ways to help us face one the most uncomfortable truths of our time – that we are responsible for climate change and that our lives need to change as a result. With empathy, humour and encouragement, the authors explain:

  • why climate change is so easy to ignore – the tricks that the human mind plays to defend us from painful realities
  • how to overcome the feelings of anxiety, anger and despair that make people turn away from practical action
  • how to talk about climate change to family, friends and colleagues without ending up in a fight
  • the nitty-gritty of halving a personal carbon footprint – what to do about your home, your travel, your diet and your money

“...truly remarkable...provides a framework for people to share the real reasons why they act the way they do...explores the landscape of hope...”

George Marshall, author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

As author Rosemary Randall says: “Climate change scares the pants off anyone who lets themselves think about it for more than two minutes but it’s urgent that we do think about it, urgent that we talk about it, and urgent that we act. We need to create safe spaces where people feel supported and listened to as they explore what climate change is going to mean for us and what we can do about it. That’s what In Time for Tomorrow? and Carbon Conversations offer.”

Groups are run by trained volunteer facilitators in communities and workplaces across the country. Carbon Conversations welcomes enquiries from anyone who would like to join or organise a group in their area: www.carbonconversations.org  info@carbonconversations.org Buy the book at http://www.carbonconversations.org/Buy_Now  

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Publication details:

In Time for Tomorrow? The Carbon Conversations Handbook by Rosemary Randall and Andy Brown, published by The Surefoot-Effect, ISBN 978-0-9931211-0-4. 214pp, full colour, illustrated. £11.99. Buy at http://www.carbonconversations.org/Buy_Now 

Contact and review copies:

For a review copy or to arrange an interview with the authors: email: ro@rorandall.org, 01223 313539, 07796 673148

Pictures: image of the cover and author portraits can be downloaded at http://www.carbonconversations.org/time-tomorrow/press

Award: Carbon Conversations was voted one of the twenty most promising solutions to climate change by the Guardian and the Manchester International Festival. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/jul/13/manchester-report-climate-change1