How Are We Going to Explain This? (Digital Audio, MP3)


An international bestseller, the first climate book that doesn't leave the reader depressed: realistic and hopeful, witty and clarifying

SKU: 9781782837800


'One of the most important books I've read this year. How Are We Going To Explain This? is a crystal clear treatise on where we are, and what we need to do right now. Especially recommended for those who feel hopeless.' Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists

'At a time when despair, malign fabrication and partisanship are combining to prevent vital action, How Are We Going To Explain This is a much-needed, joyful, clear and practical companion. Read this – it could save your planet. Give it to your friends and colleagues – it's their planet, too.' A.L. Kennedy

'Shines a light on the path forward with clarity and determination.' Christiana Figueres Architect of the Paris climate agreement, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016

'As more of humanity adjusts to living with crises – we need books like this, which tell us what we can do – from small steps to big ones – to find our way to a new normal.' May Boeve, Executive Director and 350 Action Fund


'There's a new story in the making, one in which the consequences of our actions add up – and every contribution is meaningful.'

If climate change is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced, then why are we doing so little? Will the corona pandemic make it worse or better? And where do we go from here?

Drawing on the latest climate science, Jelmer Mommers helps you find hope in the midst of the climate crisis. He describes how we got here, what possible futures await us, and how you can help to truly make a difference.

'As a journalist, Jelmer Mommers has broken important stories about how we got in our current climate mess; as a thinker, he shows us there may still be some ways out, if we move with grace and speed. A fine account of where we stand, and where we could go if we wanted to!' Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, activist and founder of

'Climate change is a story so often told in the future tense. But Mommers roots it firmly in the present. The problem, the consequences and the solution – right here, right now.'
Leo Hickman, editor of Carbon Brief