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To solve the seemingly-insurmountable climate crisis, we have to take collective action, drive societal change and accelerate the net zero economy using a plan of speed and scale. And we have to start now. In Speed and Scale, award-winning author and investor John Doerr convenes the world's foremost change-makers to show us how we can, if we fully commit to a high-stakes ac To solve the seemingly-insurmountable climate crisis, we have to take collective action, drive societal change and accelerate the net zero economy using a plan of speed and scale. And we have to start now. In Speed and Scale, award-winning author and investor John Doerr convenes the world's foremost change-makers to show us how we can, if we fully commit to a high-stakes action plan, cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reach Net Zero by 2050. He shares practical efforts that we must take, applying Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) - the simple but powerful tools that scale small ideas into global movements - to our climate goals, setting out the standards that we need to reach as leaders. Featuring exclusive interviews with the world's most influential climate thinkers, including Bill Gates and Al Gore, this is the definitive plan of action which will save our planet.


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To solve the seemingly-insurmountable climate crisis, we have to take collective action, drive societal change and accelerate the net zero economy using a plan of speed and scale. And we have to start now. In Speed and Scale, award-winning author and investor John Doerr convenes the world's foremost change-makers to show us how we can, if we fully commit to a high-stakes ac To solve the seemingly-insurmountable climate crisis, we have to take collective action, drive societal change and accelerate the net zero economy using a plan of speed and scale. And we have to start now. In Speed and Scale, award-winning author and investor John Doerr convenes the world's foremost change-makers to show us how we can, if we fully commit to a high-stakes action plan, cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reach Net Zero by 2050. He shares practical efforts that we must take, applying Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) - the simple but powerful tools that scale small ideas into global movements - to our climate goals, setting out the standards that we need to reach as leaders. Featuring exclusive interviews with the world's most influential climate thinkers, including Bill Gates and Al Gore, this is the definitive plan of action which will save our planet.

30 review for Speed & Scale: A Global Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now

  1. 4 out of 5

    Titiaan

    Speed and Scale is an action plan to solve the climate crisis, written in the style of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). The main objective to solve the climate crisis is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 59 Gigatons in 2020 to 0 Gigatons by 2050. Doerr divides his action plan (i.e. the book) into two parts. The first part treats the six areas in which we must reduce emissions: transport, electricity, food, nature, industry, and carbon reduction. This is what we must do. Then, Doerr lists Speed and Scale is an action plan to solve the climate crisis, written in the style of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). The main objective to solve the climate crisis is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 59 Gigatons in 2020 to 0 Gigatons by 2050. Doerr divides his action plan (i.e. the book) into two parts. The first part treats the six areas in which we must reduce emissions: transport, electricity, food, nature, industry, and carbon reduction. This is what we must do. Then, Doerr lists four types of interventions to deliver on these emission reduction goals (Doerr calls these "accelerants"): policy, movements, innovation, investment. This is how we must do it. There are many roadmaps to net zero. I found this one worth reading for a few reasons: - The book is comprehensive, quantitative, and precise yet highly accessible to people who are intelligent but do not have domain knowledge. For instance, each of the first six chapters lists the current yearly emissions of that domain and the target emissions by 2050. Graphs are highly legible and full of insights. - The book includes profiles from some of the world's leading founders, investors, politicians, researchers, and organizers, with whom Doerr has built relationships through a very successful career. These profiles are masterfully woven into the chapters. As a result, the book is not just informative but also inspiring. You realize that in solving this complex problem lies tremendous opportunity for wealth creation and human flourishing. - The book provides clear scaffolding for action. While it is not meant to prescribe actions you can take as an individual consumer, it provides a great overview of the areas worth tackling. In summary, I think this is a must-read for any intelligent leader trying to put their head around how to tackle climate change. For those who have been studying this for a while, the book will provide a clear overview, fresh insights, and inspiration to carry on.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Papafets

    Covering 59 giga tons of carbon emissions and eliminating social inequities in one book is a tall order. I get it, the book is a call to action. A broad brush approach will leave readers with the idea our forests can be locked up and everything with be ok. When using words like protect, preserve, eliminate deforestation, readers come away believing locking our forests up will lead to optimum sequestration. It won’t. Forests are not like oceans where fish return when fishing is eliminated. Unmana Covering 59 giga tons of carbon emissions and eliminating social inequities in one book is a tall order. I get it, the book is a call to action. A broad brush approach will leave readers with the idea our forests can be locked up and everything with be ok. When using words like protect, preserve, eliminate deforestation, readers come away believing locking our forests up will lead to optimum sequestration. It won’t. Forests are not like oceans where fish return when fishing is eliminated. Unmanaged forests grow old, weak and crowded, where beetles thrive, trees die, and fuel for devastating wildfires accumulates. Doerr refers to improving forest management but readers will interpret this as “leave the forests to manage themselves.” Good forest management includes harvesting, road building, tree planting and controlled burning. “Measure What Matters”. Readers will not find a number for the sequestration potential for our 144 million acres in our National Forest system ( National Parks and Wilderness Areas not in this number). Our National Forests have been poorly managed. One report stated the National Forests in California are only 25% of what they could be with good management. Readers should walk our National Forests to witness the old, dead and dying beetle infested burned over forests managed by the Forest Service. By investigated well managed forests in Canada and Germany readers will see what our National Forests could become. Climate change misconceptions include forest wildfires. The magnitude of forest wildfires are caused by poor forest management. Readers should look to well managed forests to see the vast differences in wildfires. Paradise, CA was destroyed by a wildfire originating on the Pulga National Forest where fuel had accumulated inviting destruction. Resource managers are covering their tracks by using climate change as an excuse for poor forest management. A forest manager should be added to the list of experts in Doerr's Acknowledgements. Doerr believes we will combat climate change only if we continue to elect Democrats. With this being historically unlikely Doerr should share with readers the half-life of CO2 is 1000 years. Temperatures are going to rise. Be prepared. Goerr should also review research that demonstrates a plants ability to add stomata when elevated levels of CO2 are introduced. Commercial greenhouses add CO2 to invigorate plant growth. Holding all other variables constant as the level of CO2 rises is not reasonable. What Doerr refers to as deforestation is in many cases land being repurposed for pastures (bad cows) and row crops. Pastures and row crops also consume CO2. Brazil has enough arable land to feed the world. What if Brazil produced all the plant based food required to feed the world and eliminated cows? Current pasture lands would be restored to forests or low tiled farm land. A lot of what Doerr is passionate about will happen but not necessarily the way he envisions it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Seiji

    Some interesting short interviews with people in the game Useful overview if you haven't read something like Project Drawdown and Designing Climate Solutions. Otherwise the Objectives and Key Results are not that new, maybe a bit more quantified in magnitude/cost and due date. Yes, we need more R&D and investment, but the bottleneck in the U.S. is political. There are chapters on politics & policy and on movements, but they seemed overly rosy and lacked details. Some interesting short interviews with people in the game Useful overview if you haven't read something like Project Drawdown and Designing Climate Solutions. Otherwise the Objectives and Key Results are not that new, maybe a bit more quantified in magnitude/cost and due date. Yes, we need more R&D and investment, but the bottleneck in the U.S. is political. There are chapters on politics & policy and on movements, but they seemed overly rosy and lacked details.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Saurabh Sharma

    As we start to comprehend the measures required to solve for climate crisis, this book lays out an ambitious plan to zero out emissions across industries and markets. While it won't be a one-size-fits-all approach, coherent policies, actions, breakthrough innovations, and investments would define the path ahead. Every player in the ecosystem - governments, organizations, investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, individuals - will have a role to play in decarbonizing the global economy and to t As we start to comprehend the measures required to solve for climate crisis, this book lays out an ambitious plan to zero out emissions across industries and markets. While it won't be a one-size-fits-all approach, coherent policies, actions, breakthrough innovations, and investments would define the path ahead. Every player in the ecosystem - governments, organizations, investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, individuals - will have a role to play in decarbonizing the global economy and to tackle the crisis - with speed and at scale. A highly recommended read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Quazzo

    This is a MUST READ book for everyone - John Doerr succinctly lays out what the world must do to prevent a climate disaster of epic proportions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bing Gordon

    A tour de force that gives focus and hope for the 4 voters in our family. The clarity of thinking is compelling. The personalities, stories and testimonials are impossible to ignore. Doerr demonstrates the power of OKR’s to put instincts and values into action. As my daughter said after reading, “I hope your generation takes climate as seriously as this book does.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Neil Hunt

    A stimulating and provocative read; surprisingly optimistic. Part 1 puts forward a specific plan to get to net zero by 2050, with very specific OKRs (of course!) to track progress: - 6Gt from electrifying transportation (including personal cars, but also trucking, busses, planes, and ships) - 21Gt from decarbonizing the grid (renewables, and storage) - 7Gt from agriculture (sustainable practices, and vegetable proteins) - 7Gt from nature (protecting and restoring forests, reforestation, oceans an A stimulating and provocative read; surprisingly optimistic. Part 1 puts forward a specific plan to get to net zero by 2050, with very specific OKRs (of course!) to track progress: - 6Gt from electrifying transportation (including personal cars, but also trucking, busses, planes, and ships) - 21Gt from decarbonizing the grid (renewables, and storage) - 7Gt from agriculture (sustainable practices, and vegetable proteins) - 7Gt from nature (protecting and restoring forests, reforestation, oceans and kelp) - 8Gt from industry (sustainable manufacturing and efficient buildings) - 10Gt from sequestration None of these are easy, but all are doable, given significant effort, investment, and a good few breakthroughs. (which are fairly predictable given research funding). However, the challenge of scaling them fast enough gives the book its title! The second part is about getting it done - politics, policy, movements, and investment. This second part is the more important, in my mind. There are plenty of texts on the technologies (e.g. Gates "Avoid a Climate Crisis") and there are many ways to slice and dice the 51Gt/year that we need to cut, but nothing helpful on actually getting the systemic changes necessary to get it done! This feels far more actionable than e.g. Michael Mann's "New Climate War" (also a powerful read). Most who read this book will feel compelled to make a few personal changes, and rethink how to circumvent the gridlock and push for government action - especially at the local and state level.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hemant Wagh

    A lifesaving plan John Doer's book Speed and Scale is a must read for those who care about our planet. Love the way he has put down the plan on a simple paper napkin and approached the objectives using the OKR approach. The five key objectives, lest we forget are ① Electrify Transportation ② Decarbonise the grid ③ Fix food ④ Protect Nature ⑤ clean p industry ⑥ Remove carbon . A well laid out plan but a mountain to climb before us. Highly reccomend this book. A lifesaving plan John Doer's book Speed and Scale is a must read for those who care about our planet. Love the way he has put down the plan on a simple paper napkin and approached the objectives using the OKR approach. The five key objectives, lest we forget are ① Electrify Transportation ② Decarbonise the grid ③ Fix food ④ Protect Nature ⑤ clean p industry ⑥ Remove carbon . A well laid out plan but a mountain to climb before us. Highly reccomend this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Doug Hungarter

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The first half is doom and gloom. Build awareness of all the areas that are fucked and need immediate attention. The second half focuses on the opportunities for innovation (and subsequently profit) that will motivate us to address the first half. It’s all delivered as a set of OKRs (Objectives and Key Results), a system that Google and other companies have used since the mid-2000s to track progress against sometimes staggering goals.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Conklin

    If someone wants to know what it will take to beat back the climate crisis this is a step by step approach on how to do that from a very successful venture capitalist. Great book not only about the critical crisis humanity is facing with environment, but also a business platform on how to deal with it. Inspired by this book and other readings about the climate crisis I recently had the piece published in the Roanoke Times. You can see it by going here: https://bit.ly/33UYeuz If someone wants to know what it will take to beat back the climate crisis this is a step by step approach on how to do that from a very successful venture capitalist. Great book not only about the critical crisis humanity is facing with environment, but also a business platform on how to deal with it. Inspired by this book and other readings about the climate crisis I recently had the piece published in the Roanoke Times. You can see it by going here: https://bit.ly/33UYeuz

  11. 4 out of 5

    Roger Rohweder

    Honest about the size of the tasks, but determined to save our planet, Doerr (and others) provide a road map to net-zero greenhouse gasses by 2050. You may be as surprised as I was by the the commitments already in place to fund the needed research/start-ups/scale-ups. If it wasn’t for our broken politics and some corporate resistance, one could actually become optimistic…

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anna McMahon

    This book contains a 5 star action plan, but it has a lot of other information and threads around the action plan which made it hard to read. If you are just interested in the action plan, here is the TLDR from the books website: https://speedandscale.com/wp-content/... This book contains a 5 star action plan, but it has a lot of other information and threads around the action plan which made it hard to read. If you are just interested in the action plan, here is the TLDR from the books website: https://speedandscale.com/wp-content/...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renu

    A great book to create awareness and urgency towards the climate crisis. But I wonder why books like this shy away from addressing the much-needed change in consumer behavior- a root cause of this crisis. I would like to see a list of steps an individual can take each day to play a role in this fight again climate change.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gaurav Dubey

    The OKR goals in this book are achievable but call me a pessimist i dont think we can get there with the current set of people who lead us. The authors comparison with world war 2 and the president bar napkin list on how to handle hitler is good but i feel its gotten a little past that. We are not dealing global warming like an emergency and therefore i have little hope..

  15. 5 out of 5

    Silas Mahner

    Great book. Very simple to understand and comprehensive plan for helping solve climate change. I listened to it and he had some great guests come in to offer their perspective. The biggest thing to me that I had not considered was the preservation of existing carbon capture mechanisms such as the Amazon.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nikhil Singh

    Not a page turner, but an incredible insight into the current state of the world, and a well-thought out plan on how to fix it. Seriously considering buying an electric car to help expedite the process on electrifying our transportation flee.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carter

    A lot of the material here, seems a bit suspect; There is perhaps, an unfounded optimism, that current industrial practices can be preserved, inspite of drastic changes to climate. I am not enough of an expert, to know definitively, if this approach would work.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    FULL of wonderful ideas and strategies that need to be implemented. Of course, one person alone will not be able to do so. But if you have a group of engineers or venture capitalists ready to make good things happen, there are lots of ways in this book to get the ball rolling.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Doerr certainly makes the “checkpoints” for solving the climate crisis more clear than most politicians…. but the content in his book is not new nor revealing to anyone who works in, or is familiar with, this space. I think it’d be a good read for those who are learning for the first time, though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kalle Wescott

    I read /Speed & Scale: A Global Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now/, by John Doerr: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/a... Dense!... with dozens of amazing co-contributors. I read /Speed & Scale: A Global Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now/, by John Doerr: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/a... Dense!... with dozens of amazing co-contributors.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Keven Wang

    This book should be read along side with Bill Gates “How to Avoid Climate Disaster”. Don’t hate it if it is not a VC/investment book. Get educated people.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kiswara Mihardja

    An entrepreneur is someone who does more than anyone thinks possible with less than anyone thinks possible. ― John Doerr

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Nolley

    People already into climate action and business will enjoy it and find this a great summary, but probably brings together things they've seen. People already into climate action and business will enjoy it and find this a great summary, but probably brings together things they've seen.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Krueger

    Arguably the most important book anyone can read right now, and why aren't you already? Arguably the most important book anyone can read right now, and why aren't you already?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Great info & well written

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Essential book for thos interested in climate change and doing something about it

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Y

    Shallow and broad, and mostly un controversial. Cliff notes version of how to wrap your mind around climate change issues.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Birgir

    Slightly too america focused over world focus. Could do with a bigger focus on city planning, active travel instead of the long focus on electric cars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    PJ Finley

    Thoughtfully detailed plan towards solving climate change. Doerr weaves in inspiring interviews with key players. Easy read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amandeep Anand

    Excellent read to sharpen one’s view on the leading causes of global warming and what steps we need to take to avoid catastrophe. Includes valuable insights from industry leaders and is a great resource for anyone looking to build a foundation on the topic.

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