All human advances have been connected to advances in producing and using energy. We are now at a new crossroads and the path we take will be key to our survival.
Understanding the full economic picture is the first step to making the right choices. What is the true cost and impact of our options? Is there a viable strategy for converting to 100% renewables and reaching zero emissions? How would this impact the world economy?
No period in global history resembles what humanity is about to experience. Explore the key global forces converging to create the complexity of change, our crisis of confidence in facing the options, and how we can take charge of our destiny.
Human history can be viewed as a repeating spiral of ingenuity—ratchet (technological breakthrough), hatchet (resulting natural disaster), and pivot (inventing new solutions). Whether we can pivot effectively from the last Big Ratchet remains to be seen.
With all of the earth’s five mass extinctions, the climate changed faster than any species could adapt. The current extinction has the same random and rapid properties, but it’s unique in that it’s caused entirely by the actions of a single species—humans.
“We must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Farewell Address to the Nation
January 17, 1961
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Explore how environmental changes influenced evolution, and how dramatic climate instability over the past 6 million years may have shaped human adaptations.
Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy in 2016, surpassing the net growth of all other energy sources including coal, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Justin Gillis, New York Times
Global warming is daunting. So here’s a place to start: 17 often-asked questions with some straightforward answers.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
The late David MacKay’s groundbreaking book offers a definitive and lucid overview of the case for renewable energy. Download it free.