Jan – Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman
In his latest book, the internationally bestselling author of Utopia for Realists Rutger Bregman makes the argument that it is realistic as well as revolutionary to assume that people are good. Bregman reframes some of the world’s most famous studies and events to provide a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. His approach ultimately invites us to believe in human kindness and altruism to achieve actual change in our society.
The book has received critical acclaim, with Stephen Fry and Yuval Noah Harari amongst its most fervent supporters. Our Strategic Director Jan was also one of them:
I really enjoyed reading Humankind this year. Working in cleantech, one often wonders about the sometimes-selfish behaviour of humans. Why don’t we reduce emissions faster? Why don’t we do more to prevent the climate crisis from happening? Rutger Bregman – you might know him from his speech in Davos or his previous book Utopia for Realists – paints a new, hopeful picture. He takes some of the world’s most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a fresh perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. This book offers hope – wherever and whenever you might need it.
Lucia – HLK Newsletter
HLK is an Austrian online publication focusing on energy, air conditioning, refrigeration, heating and ventilation. In addition to sharing news articles, they also publish whitepapers and send out a weekly newsletter.
Don’t worry if it has flown under your radar so far, because it has caught the attention of our PR Manager Lucia:
While HLK’s newsletter primarily focuses on the Austrian HVAC industry, it is still really informative for all things sector-coupling and shows how renewables are relevant in many spheres.
Fiona – Dan McDougall’s ‘Life on thin ice’ article
While awareness of the impact of climate change on mental health continues to grow, most articles tend to focus on Western populations. In his Life on thin ice article, Dan McDougall takes a different approach, writing about mental health at the heart of the climate crisis from the point of view of Greenlandic Inuits who are witnessing and grieving Greenland’s melting.
Our Brand Manager Fiona discovered the article this year and felt particularly moved by it:
This beautifully presented article stood out for me in 2020. The link between mental health and the climate crisis, especially for indigenous communities living on the front lines of a changing world, has not received much attention so far in environmentalism. This article helped me empathise further with the communities who will experience, or already are experiencing, the brunt of the climate crisis.
Lee – Adam Vaughan’s Fix the Planet Newsletter
When Adam Vaughan joined New Scientist, we all knew this was great news for environmental journalism. At the beginning of 2020, he launched his weekly newsletter Fix the Planet, which focuses on solutions to the climate crisis and offers reasons for hope.
Like many of us, our PR Manager Lee receives a gazillion newsletters in his inbox – but Fix the Planet never goes unread:
New Scientist’s Adam Vaughan began his Fix the Planet newsletter at the beginning of this year. Each week, he offers reasons to be optimistic in the fight against climate change with the latest stories and trends from the worlds of science and technology that will impact businesses and the public alike. If you haven’t subscribed yet, then make sure you do in time for 2021!
Helene – BlackRock CEO’s Larry Fink letter to CEOs
Sustainable investing is a growing yet niche industry, with many investors still reluctant to significantly back ESG investment. However, things may be changing. In his annual letter to CEOs in January, BlackRock’s CEO Larry Fink sent the clear message that the risks posed by climate change to the world of finance can no longer be ignored.
BlackRock is the world’s largest asset management company, overseeing $7 trillion worth of investments. So when its CEO speaks, the industry pays attention. And so did our Working Student Helene:
This letter from Larry Fink gives me hope that in the next few years there really will be a fundamental change in the sustainability of business. When the CEO of the world’s largest asset manager, with a huge influence over the boards of the world’s largest companies, calls for purpose and ethics to be at the heart of corporate behaviour, it is a very important and significant step in the right direction. And it makes me happy to see how sustainable investment is moving from a niche topic into the mainstream.
Manon – Ask Umbra
Ask Umbra is a section on Grist where one of its advice columnists answers questions from readers about life during climate change. They cover a wide range of topics, from “does saving for the future matter when there may not be a future?” to “I am not a fish. Why should coral reefs matter to me?”
It has been one of our PR & Content Executive Manon’s favourite regular readings this year:
Working in B2B cleantech means most of my days are spent thinking in quite technical terms with a professional audience in mind. Ask Umbra is a great content series to get more in touch with issues directly impacting end consumers and people not working in sustainability. It also inspires me to find new ways of talking to a mainstream audience.