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Seeds of Hope

Chapter 2 | October 2022 | 58 pages

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THANK YOU Welcome This is a photo book about our planet in the early days of the 21st Century. Its images were collected and curated with love and hope by people like you. Today, it serves as a wake- up call. It reveals the burden our home is bearing well over a hundred years into an energy experiment that is beginning to go badly wrong. It gives you a front-row seat to melting glaciers, polluted cities, and dying forests. It shows you communities ravaged by flood or by drought. It highlights the extreme impacts of fire, To the folks at Getty Images who wind, and ecosystems out of balance. It is an invitation to look with your own eyes on the stark reality of a planet in peril. It is also a peek behind the curtain at the seeds of hope that said yes to using their photo exist in creative solutions being developed every day to reimagine how energy is generated collection. and used and how ecosystems might yet be saved. WITH YOUR OWN EYES is a collection of hopeful images too, reminding us that there is much To Shepard Fairey for donating four yet worth working our very hardest to save and restore. It’s also a call for you to join us. We are magnificent pieces of cover art. building a movement of difference-makers who know that, together, we can do just about anything. It is not too late. To the other artists who allowed us If you are reading this, you are already making a difference. When you share it with someone, to share their work with the world. you amplify your impact, and ours. If you want to do even more, The Carbon Almanac, and the movement it is inspiring needs you. We need your perspective. We need your passion. We To the dozens of volunteers whose need YOUR energy. hands and creative energies We hope this will stand as a testament to how close we came to a bad outcome, and as a brought this vision to life. reminder that humans can do more good than harm if we point our collective efforts in a shared direction. The time is now. Let’s go!

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Seeds of Hope Co-creative Solutions We’re glad you’re still here. Some of that isn’t easy to look at. It’s not too late to make a difference. In fact, lots of people just like you already are, everyday. There are big things to do like change the source(s) of energy we use to fuel our world and small things like planting a garden, eating plants more than animals, and managing our own carbon footprint. Let the pages that follow inspire you. We hope you will tell a friend, show a co-worker, and get involved. Over at The Carbon Almanac you will find a community of difference-makers and dozens of ways that you can help.

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A solar power plant in Gaza City, where a growing number of citizens are turning to photovoltaics technology for a more consistent power supply. Mohamed Abed/AFP Photo via Getty Images. 2016.

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Les Mees, France’s largest solar energy farm, covers nearly 200 hectares (500 acres). Boris Horvat/AFP via Getty Images. 2011.

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A wind turbine near a coal-fired power plant. acilo/E+ via Getty Images.

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Wind turbines among the fields of Cumbria, England. Michael Betts via Getty Images.

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Electric car charging station in Germany. Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

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Electric car charging, Thailand. seksan Mongkhonkhamsao/Moment via Getty Images.

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An electrically powered train is fast-charged at station in Baden- Wuerttemberg, Germany. Marijan Murat/dpa (Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images). 2021.

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The “Pipistrell Velis Electro” plane in Nice, France. The aircraft has a flight range of 1 hour. Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images. 2021.

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Coronavirus shutdown and series of storms result in clearer air in downtown Los Angeles. David McNew/Getty Images News via Getty Images. 2020,

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Healthy green corals at the Great Barrier Reef’s Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia. Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images. 2019.

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A feather star (Crinoidea) in the Indian Ocean at Raja Ampat islands, Indonesia. Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images. 2005.

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Urban garden at Riverside Park Farm, New York City, NY. John Lamparski/Moment Mobile ED via Getty Images. 2014.

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Urban gardening on the rooftops of Belo Horizonte, Minas, Gerais State, Brazil. Ricardo Funari/Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images. 2016.

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100 sq ft urban micro-farm in Boulder, CO. Managed by a group of teens who rode bikes from home-to-home growing food and learning regenerative farming skills with Boundless Landscapes. © Mara Rose. 2020.

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Green building with vertical garden façade. Artur Debat/Moment via Getty Images.

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The Edible Garden Wall created in downtown Los Angeles, tended by the organization Urban Farming and homeless volunteers. Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. 2010.

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A farmer planting vegetables in the vacant land near a construction site in downtown Jakarta, Indonesia. Risa Krisadhi/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images. 2015.

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Urban garden at Riverpark Farm, New York City, NY. John Lamparski/Moment Mobile ED via Getty Images. 2014.

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A 20,000 square foot edible urban garden at Grant Park, in downtown Chicago. Julie Thurston Photography/Mobile Moment ED via Getty Images. 2013.

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Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Brooklyn, New York. Education Images/Citizens of the Planet/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. 2010.

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City farm in London Docklands. Pawel Libera/LightRocket via Getty Images. 2009.

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Squash plants grow in front yard. Diana Haronis/Moment Mobile ED via Getty Images. 2013.

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A multi-level, prefabricated, modular green home, Santa Monica, CA, Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. 2013.

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Anti-desertification plantations in the Tengeli desert in Ningxia Province, China. Lucas Schifres/Getty Images News via Getty Images. 2007.

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A child wanders through a paddy field. Chittagong, Bangladesh. Majority World/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. 2000.

THANK YOU It’s not too late… The Carbon Almanac is a book about energy. It is full of facts about the ways we’ve used energy to make a mess of things and the creative solutions we’re developing to turn the tide. It is also about a different sort of energy. The energy of hope and connection. The ability that For showing up. humans have to solve problems and to make things better. It’s not too late to make a difference, but none of us can solve this challenge on our own. For bearing witness. We need each other to make a difference at a scale that matters. We need to move beyond individual, isolated, effort and join in collective action. For sticking with it. If you’re here, you are already a difference-maker. Find more of us at The Carbon Almanac For the difference you’ve made. where you’ll find dozens of ways to join a global movement to fight climate change. If not now, when? For taking the next step….

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