Our Ministry for the Future reading: part 3

“And you need the Alps.” (p. 340)
  1. On the theme of violence: did the terror attacks we’ve seen so far succeed in changing human behavior, reducing our carbon usage?
  2. What do you think of the novel’s weaving together of fiction and ideas so far?
  3. How plausible would widespread use of YourLock be?
  4. Badim’s new religion of climate change: what do you think that might look like?
  5. The book has been silent on academia so far. What role do you think colleges and universities could play in this world of the 2030s?
  6. Ministry staff offer this list of targets to attack for cutting back emissions in a serious way: “Carbon pricing, industry efficiency standards, land use policies, industrial process emissions regulations, complementary power sector policies, renewable portfolio standards, building codes and appliance standards, fuel economy standards, better urban transport, vehicle electrification, and feebates, which is to say carbon taxes passed back through to consumers.” (251) Which of these do you see as most likely for humanity to tackle now?
  • New York state divested its pension funds from oil companies
  • The leading Kim Stanley Robinson website has a huge post on the novel, with links to tons of resources, including a fine shout-out to this very online book club.

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Futurist, speaker, writer, consultant, educator. Author of the FTTE report and ACADEMIA NEXT. Creator of The Future Trends Forum.

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