Am I Too Old to Save the Planet?
Why American boomers are uniquely responsible for the climate crisis—and what to do about it.
Think you’ve waited too long to do something about climate change? Think again.
Am I Too Old to Save the Planet? A Boomer’s Guide to Climate Action explains how America’s most promising generation allowed climate change to become a planetary emergency - and what to do about it now.
A former foreign correspondent and vice president of the World Resources Institute, Lawrence MacDonald shares his journey to becoming a passionate climate activist. Packed with practical advice, his book invites fellow boomers to join the growing global movement to save the planet.
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This small book is a gem of great value: it will turn more of us older Americans from complainers and worriers into people who are fixing the problems that assail us. It makes a powerful case for generational action; if the kids can do it so can we! ~ Bill McKibben, founder of Th!rdAct and author of The Flag, The Cross and The Station Wagon
All my hand-wringing progressive friends need to read "Am I too old to save the planet?" now. MacDonald’s timely handbook on the climate crisis not only offers concrete steps we can take as individuals to transform the future but, importantly, invites us to join with others in collective action to bring about the systemic change that is needed. It’s about we, not me. ~ Helen Stoltzfus, Playwright, Performer, Co-Artistic Director, Black Swan Arts & Media
OK, Boomer, here's your chance to prove a thousand memes wrong. Lawrence MacDonald has written the ultimate, clear-eyed guide to make a difference, and it goes well beyond refusing the plastic bag at the checkout counter and other single actions. It's about feasibility, impact, and spreadability, as the book states clearly. Just do it indeed! ~ Gernot Wagner, Climate Economist, Columbia Business School and author of But Will the Planet Notice? How Smart Economics Can Save the World
As a member of the baby boom generation, I'm well aware of the skills and connections we acquire over our lives that can be used to make the world a better place. MacDonald's book provides a practical guide for people of a "certain age" who want to leave a livable planet for future generations. We can make a difference at any age. This book details the many things that boomers have to offer. ~ Madeleine Para, Executive Director, Citizens Climate Lobby
This thoughtful and highly readable book is an honest look at a powerful (and often under-appreciated!) generation and all they can still do to save our collective future. Lawrence MacDonald sounds an urgent call and offers concrete ways to take meaningful climate action. A critical book for our times. ~ Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action
Drawing on his experience as a climate advocate and a career in policy communications, MacDonald spells out in clear and actionable language what each of us can do, on our own and with others, to confront the existential challenge of our time. This is a how-to guide for those who want to do their part to stand up to the climate crisis. It’s essential reading for those who want to look our children in the eye - and leave them a livable future. It’s a message of hope grounded in the timeless truth that it’s never too late to make a difference. ~ Manish Bapna, President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council
I read many climate books, and I found fresh insights and useful reminders in this book. Lawrence MacDonald delivers a breezy walk through what people can do individually and, most importantly, collectively. Am I too old to save the planet? offers a handy synthesis for people at all stages of their climate learning and action journey. ~ Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One Podcast
This book is a powerful call to baby boomers to protect our world and our legacy from the calamity of climate change. It is not too late to ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit a healthy planet and enjoy a good life. This book provides a roadmap for reaching that goal. ~ Mona Sarfaty, Founder, Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
In tracing his own arc of awareness of the need for increased climate activism, Lawrence gives baby boomers a thoughtful and inspiring guide to up our game. Third Act’s mottos of ‘no time to waste’ and ‘old and bold’ are writ large on every page. ~ Deborah Kushner, Co-Founder, Th!rdAct Virginia
Lawrence MacDonald’s “Am I too old to save the planet?' answers strongly: No! We elders are living longer and healthier to take responsibility for this essential role. We were born for this, and now is our time to act as good ancestors! MacDonald’s masterpiece shows us the way. ~ John Sorensen, Founder, Elders Action Network
OK boomers, you're up! Lawrence MacDonald has given his generation a warm invitation and a road map (remember those?) for bringing their much-needed power and experience to the climate movement. Whoever we are, MacDonald reminds us, we are already exactly who we need to be to respond to the climate crisis with integrity and compassion. To anyone at any age who is ready to find your place among the climate protectors fighting for the common home we share, welcome--this book is for you. ~ Joelle Novey, Director, Interfaith Power and Light, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia
As a late boomer myself, I couldn't put this book down. MacDonald brings moral clarity and practical know-how to the urgent premise: Boomers can and should do more to fight climate change. Be careful, this book could change your life. ~ Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Cute title and it did hook me and make me curious. And the book was better than I expected. I think most readers are going to do what I did and skip the first few chapters to get to the meat of it which is what Boomers CAN do. I liked that it wasn't just general suggestions, but rather did cater to us Boomers and where we are in life. In fact the book does that quite well; I found much of it to be relevant to me and how I live, so though I was prepared to scoff at this book (yes, I'm that kind of boomer) I found myself impressed. This would not be a bad book to keep on your reference shelf and to challenge yourself to take a few of the suggestions to heart. Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. To the other generations: Get this book as a holiday present for the boomers in your life! ~ Sara Aoyama (Reviewer)