An illustration made up of partial, colorful images of five types of landscapes. From left to right: a monumental building and waterfall on the bank of a river; a small outpost or hut suspended above a swamp; a suburban scene where roads have been flooded or replaced with canals; a grassy village with a thatched-roof dwelling; and a tower in a desert with plants snaking up its side.

Book Launch: Climate Action Almanac (Online)

Event Details

Tracing Pathways to Positive Climate Futures

This event starts at 1:00 pm Arizona time, which is 12:00 pm Pacific and 3:00 pm Eastern.

When we think of climate, the stories we tell about the future are bad: megastorms, crop failures, and heat waves loom over us. These narratives are compelling, but can leave us feeling hopeless, helpless, and disillusioned.

To motivate broad-based change in the present, we need visions of positive climate futures grounded in both science and local geographical and cultural particularities. We need stories of change that bridge the urgent imperative for global coordination with values, resources, and community action, envisioning transformation that grows bottom-up and bottom-out, rather than top-down.

In the wake of the COP28 U.N. climate change summit, join Future Tense for the launch of a collection of such stories: The Climate Action Almanac, presented by Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination and the ClimateWorks Foundation. We’ll be in conversation with contributors to the Almanac from around the world who have charted possible pathways toward a vibrant, decarbonized future.

This event will take place in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Spanish. It is presented by Future Tense in collaboration with the ClimateWorks Foundation and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination and Convergence Lab.


Kim Stanley Robinson
Climate fiction author, The Ministry for the Future and New York 2140

Libia Brenda
Author, De qué silencio vienes
Climate Imagination Fellow, Arizona State University

Benjamin Ong
Author, The Backyard Before You
Ecologist, educator, and science/nature writer

Vandana Singh
Author, Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories and Utopias of the Third Kind
Climate Imagination Fellow, Arizona State University

Jason Anderson
Senior Program Director, ClimateWorks Foundation


Ed Finn
Coeditor, The Climate Action Almanac
Director, Center for Science and the Imagination