New Delhi: Beyond the statistics of climate change, one of the biggest stories in human history is underway, with a diverse set of characters from every walk of life and every corner of the globe.
For his upcoming book Race For Tomorrow, journalist Simon Mundy set out on a two-year-long journey to capture these very stories and travelled across 26 countries and six continents.
The journey took him to the edge of a fast-shrinking glacier high in the Himalayas, and deep into one of the hand-dug pits where Congolese miners are risking their lives to profit from the green tech revolution.
Mundy’s book will be released on 13 December on SoftCover, ThePrint’s online venue to release select non-fiction books.
He visited Amazonian tribes fighting to save their rainforest from illegal cattle farming, and an Israeli startup growing eco-friendly beef in bioreactors.
He walked the shores of disappearing islands in the South Pacific, and through the frenetic clamour of China’s biggest electric car factory, to bring a comprehensive account of how climate change is affecting people’s homes, lives and livelihoods.
Of the people he met, the author says: “All of them are embroiled in a race that will set the course of our civilisation, and of the planet that houses it. These are their stories.”
Anand Mahindra, Chairperson of Mahinda and Mahindra, said this book is “utterly unlike any book yet written in this field.”
He further said: “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.”