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Waking the Frog

Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis

Tom Rand

248 pages
Ecw Press

An accessible discussion of ways to achieve a sustainable future

In a highly readable account, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, engineer, and philosopher Tom Rand looks to contemporary psychology, economics, business, and finance to explain our stasis in the face of one of the most fundamental problems of our time: why climate disruption might just be our very own pot of hot water and we, the frog, paralyzed in our inaction. But his account doesn’t just point fingers at the bad guys, it goes deeper — to our motivations, institutional lethargy, and deeply buried assumptions about market economics.

Waking the Frog is as much about solutions as it is an account of our present paralysis. Our ingenuity, technology, capital, and policy can work together to turn down the heat and simultaneously enable the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century.

Author Bio
Tom Rand is managing partner of the privately backed MaRS Cleantech Fund and senior advisor to the MaRS Discovery District. Tom was a successful entrepreneur in the global telecommunications sector and now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation as a venture capitalist, author, and speaker. His first book, Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, was shortlisted for the White Pine non-fiction award in 2012. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.