Time of Useful Consciousness

Time of Useful Consciousness

Acting Urgently on Climate Change

‘The speed with which the storm is gathering leaves little time for complacency or half-hearted action if we are to retain a democratic future.’

Our climate is changing, in ways that will have long-term impacts for us and for our children. Yet still we fail to take meaningful action. Why? And when will it be too late?

Ralph Chapman argues that we have only ‘a small and shrinking window of time’ before the pressures from climate change become too great for us to address them coherently. This BWB Text is a practical call to arms for New Zealand citizens and policy-makers alike, identifying actions that are urgent and critical for the creation of a green economy and a sustainable future.

What are BWB Texts?

BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Spanning contemporary issues, history and memoir, new BWB Texts are released regularly, and the series now amounts to well over fifty works.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Aug 2015
Pages: 120
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780908321414
ISTC: A02201500000012D
DOI: 10.7810/9780908321414

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'Vic Books 2015 Faves', Vic Books, 13 January 2016

'Nickie Muir: The joys of navigating climate change debate', Nickie Muir, Northern Advocate, 30 December 2015

'What Paris climate change agreement means for NZ', Ralph Chapman on 3News, 14 December 2015

Ralph Chapman with Wallace Chapman, Sunday Morning, Radio New Zealand, 13 December 2015

'NZ cities must get on the bus', Laurel Stowell, Wanganui Chronicle, 5 December 2015

'Larry Williams spoke with Professor Ralph Chapman about COP21', NewstalkZB, 30 November 2015

'New Zealand can make impact on climate change', Farming Show, 30 November 2015

'Conservation comment: Fight for climate future', R.K. Rose, Wanganui Chronicle, 30 November 2015

'Climate change Q & A: "New Zealand can and should do better"', Jamie Morton, New Zealand Herald, 28 November 2015

'Last chance to save the planet', Jamie Morton, New Zealand Herald, 28 November 2015

As one who has been immersed for years in the details of climate science and policy, Ralph Chapman's tone is one of quiet rage at the lack of urgency in the face of potential catastrophe, leavened with a determination to remain optimistic. Rebecca Macfie, New Zealand Listener, 24 October 2015

'Ralph Chapman talks about how the earth's climate is changing', Ralph Chapman with Wallace Chapman, Radio New Zealand, Sunday Morning, 30 August 2015

'Cool heads', Tom McKinlay, Otago Daily Times, 24 August 2015

'Window closing fast on climate change options', Ralph Chapman, Dominion Post, 4 August 2015


'Those who have been following the science since the IPCC predictions first gained popular currency will recognise the themes present in Chapman’s arguments. But I think the elegance of his writing makes these facts more accessible to those who may not be steeped in either climate science or environmental policy. At $15 a pop, from any bookseller of worth, this is another of those great little stocking-filler reads that are handy gifts for those tricky relatives who seem to already have "everything"'. Kerry Tankard, Te Awa, November 2016

‘Another timely and authoritative book dealing briefly but forcefully with the serious and long-term impacts on humans of climate change, for the present and future generations. In it, Ralph Chapman outlines how we are failing to take meaningful action at this time.’ Alan Mark, New Zealand Geographic