America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, the new book by the esteemed environmentalist Gus Speth, contains a message of hope and a pathway to remaking our broken political and economic systems and solving our diverse challenges, from poverty, unemployment, and income inequality to climate change. “Things are much too bad for pessimism,” he says.
He issues a clarion call for activists of all stripes to join together and build a movement based on “‘a fusion of progressive causes’ to achieve the critical mass necessary to overpower the status quo,” as Maggie Fox, CEO of the Climate Reality Project writes in recommending the book.
Speth concludes the book: “Here is a good passage on which to end, from the poet Seamus Heaney:
“History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.”
“Full of hope, it is time to rise up and make history.”