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Crisis, Opportunity, and the Power of Hope

By Frances Moore Lappé and Small Planet Institute Team

For your review and feedback!


Despair is humanity’s worst enemy, I believe, so we—the whole Small Planet team—have created an easy-to-digest tour of inspiring ways US cities, states, and farms are stepping up to meet the climate crisis. Plus we explore key lessons from abroad. Knowing that hope has power—as it organizes our minds toward solutions—we focus on surprising, motivating actions already underway in both Red and Blue states, and often in bipartisan collaboration  .


We prepared this initial, on-line-only edition of It’s Not Too Late!—for your review—during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our goal has been to make it easy for readers to weigh in to make it stronger. In the next few months, we will then incorporate all your feedback and choose how best to publish the result.


Our goal is to inspire determination to take these solutions, and more, to scale. Very simply, learning that so much more is happening than we’d known has fired us up, and we sure hope it will motivate you!


Plus, the moment is right. With a new administration in Washington committed to climate action, we hope all our readers will use these stories to push forward the most effective Green New Deal possible. It is not too late to prevent the worst, but every day we delay makes it harder.

So, download your book. Then dive in, knowing we are eager for your input to make it stronger as well as your advice for sharing this edition ever-more widely.



Introduction  Humanity's Emergency & Vast Opportunity


Chapter 1      The Power of Possibility


Chapter 2     Tools that Work


Chapter 3     Choosing the Greenest Green


Chapter 4     Climate Stories of Possibility


Chapter 5     Down to Earth—More Plants, More Peat... Less Meat


Chapter 6     Trusting the Power of Courageous Action


Into Action

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