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Race For Tomorrow


From the publisher:

In this extraordinary journey through 26 countries, Simon Mundy meets the people on the front lines of the climate crisis, showing how the struggle to respond is already reshaping the modern world – shattering communities, shaking up global business, and propelling a groundbreaking wave of cutting-edge innovation.

HOW is China’s green energy push driving a hazardous mining rush in Congo?


WHY is a maverick scientist building a home for engineered mammoths in northeast Siberia?


CAN an Israeli fake meat startup make a fortune while helping to save the Amazon?


WILL Greenland’s melting sea ice put its people at the centre of a global power struggle?

WHO are the entrepreneurs chasing breakthroughs in fusion power, electric cars, and technology to suck carbon from the atmosphere?


As the impacts of climate change cascade across the planet and the global economy, who is battling to survive the worst impacts – and who is chasing the most lucrative rewards?


Telling unforgettable human stories from six continents, this is an account of disaster, of promise, of frantic adaptation and relentless innovation, of hope, of survival, and of the forces that will define our future.

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'ONE OF THE TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2021: A work of hugely impressive breadth... Mundy combines individual stories with wider geopolitical analysis, solutions-driven projects and the big corporate stories that will really make a difference.'


‘An inspiring piece of work that deserves a broad audience … Read this book both to understand the urgency of climate action, and to recognise, too, the agency we still have’

— Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, Penn State University, and author of The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet

'A formidable piece of work... In terms of its scope, its ambition, and its commitment to tell all sides of the grand story of the climate crisis, I can’t think of a climate book that’s in quite the same league as this one.'

— The Earthbound Report

‘He takes it down from this 30,000-foot view to people on the ground … I took a great sense of hope’
— Richard Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory

‘Contains a lot of really, really interesting hard science and market-based solutions, [and] some extraordinary examples of technology … Very useful indeed’

— Andrew Marr, presenter of the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show and Start the Week

'Simon Mundy's is a brave, informed and rational voice in today's frenzied media landscape. Grab a copy of his book, Race for Tomorrow – it promises to be a vital read.'

— Diana Neille, journalist and documentary film director

Race for Tomorrow: the book to read on climate change.... This people-first approach to the climate crisis is exceptionally compelling. Whilst governments make grandiose claims for reaching certain targets at COP26, it’s the reality on the ground that Simon is most concerned with ... Such bare-faced honesty, as opposed to any high-horse polemics, is a refreshing and engaging aspect of both Simon and his book.'



‘[Puts] a human face on the most important story of our times. This book is eloquent and humane – a vital work of storytelling’
— Henry Mance, author of How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World

‘Utterly unlike any book yet written in this field. Packed with vivid human stories, from the most desperately challenged communities to the highest levels of global business and politics, it’s an essential guide to how the climate crisis is transforming the modern world’

— Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra Group

'It’s a brilliant book! An optimistic, unpatronising account of what humankind CAN do to address climate change. Practical positive activism at its best.'

— Rob Rinder, television/radio host and columnist


‘Simon Mundy’s vivid and informed despatches from the front line of climate change reveal not only the catastrophes imposed by global warming (which are hidden from most of us) but the best and brightest of responses to them … Don’t wait. Read it now before the race is lost’
— Adam Nicolson, author of The Sea is Not Made of Water


‘Mundy’s book reads like a thriller  – which is only appropriate for a reporter covering the front lines of the climate crisis, the biggest story of our generation. Superb...a must-read’
— Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees and Our Final Warning

‘A gripping story of individuals, communities and societies who are grappling with the myriad challenges of climate change. A must read for every concerned global citizen’
— Nandan Nilekani, author of Imagining India

'Cannot recommend highly enough. The pace of a thriller, a whole bunch of amazing geeky stuff about climate change I didn’t know AND an uplifting message. Genuinely smartifying.'

— Alex Andreou, actor, writer & presenter of The Bunker podcast

‘A clear, dispassionate, well-written and disturbing chronicle … Simon Mundy has given us a non-technical must-read book for anyone anxious about the massive threat to our present economic and cultural survival’

— Professor David Cabot, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork

‘A pacy, riveting global tour of our fracturing planet; completely fascinating’
— Ben Rawlence, author of The Treeline

'I absolutely loved Race for Tomorrow. Well written, incredibly well researched, it's a book that connects the climate crisis to the life of people most impacted by it. I devoured it in two sittings.'

— Laura Danks, author of Almost Forever

'A must-read collection of intensely human climate-change stories… What I appreciate most about this remarkable book is that Simon at no time judges, hectors or patronises through his opinion. He recognises a deeply complex problem for what it is and seeks to stimulate in the reader sufficient curiosity and empathy to find out more.'

— Richard Hill, chief executive, Ocean Generation

'Your next beach read? A book on climate change. No, really…. Race For Tomorrow reports extraordinary human stories [and is] packed with a heady travelogue from around the world. [Mundy] tried to find the stories that remained as yet untold…. While Race For Tomorrow charts the inequality, exploitation and violence caused by climate change, it is charged with a sense of hope too.'

British GQ

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