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Not the End of the World

How to be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet


Published January 2024

Not the End of the World

Feeling anxious, powerless, or confused about the future of our planet? This book will transform how you see our biggest environmental problems – and how we can solve them.

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Margaret Atwood, TED23

“Not the End of the World is an inspiring data-mine which gives us not only real guidance, but the most necessary ingredient of all: hope . . . practical and truly essential”

Rutger Bregman

“I find it hard to express how much I love this book. Hannah Ritchie brilliantly picks up where Hans Rosling left off. Her book shines with practicality and positivity. It will banish your feelings of doom, help you focus on what’s really important and make you want to be a part of the most effective solutions to our greatest challenges. Let’s get this book into the hands of as many policy makers, politicians and fellow citizens as possible.”


Bill Gates

"With comprehensive data and sometimes counterintuitive conclusions, Hannah Ritchie does for the environment what Hans Rosling did for health . . . I hope people around the world read this book, understand our planet isn’t a lost cause, and get inspired to help fix it."

Mark Lynas

“Data is a superpower. Let Hannah Ritchie show you the world as it really is. Then go out and change it for the better.”

David Wallace-Wells

“The climate and environmental crisis now has its Hans Rosling. Hannah Ritchie has charted an invigorating, inspiring, often surprising tour of recent human history and the many marks of progress it contains. Will the world make good on that optimism in the future? That is up to the rest of us.”

Stewart Brand

“Ecopragmatism at its best shines throughout this book. The surprising message in the data is that human civilization is far along toward solving planetary problems. Hannah Ritchie shows how building on the successful trends can finish the job”

Explore the Data

The book is packed with data and charts.

Explore the key trends for your own country, and learn more about the underlying sources.

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