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Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics - the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Fortunately, Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable. There is No Planet B maps it out in an accessible and entertaining way, filled with astonishing facts and analysis. For the first time you'll find big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of the day laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots - questions of how we live and think. (Book description courtesy of the publisher)

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Common Reader!

Palm Beach State College is proud to introduce the 2020-2021 Common Reader: There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee. 

There is No Planet B is a well-researched exploration of timely environmental issues. Mike Berners-Lee has organized the book in a question/answer format, making it easy for readers to engage in the topics that are most important and pertinent to them. Packed with infographics, statistics, and engaging writing, this book is bound to promote cross-curricular discussion, research, and community involvement.

Professors who are interested in adopting the book for their classes should contact:

Palm Beach Gardens: David Pena at

Lake Worth: Rob Krull at

Loxahatchee Groves or Belle Glade: Iris Fiallos-Finstad at

Boca Raton: Kim Copeland at

Meet the Author

Mike Berners-Lee

Mike Berners-Lee consults, thinks, writes and researches on sustainability and responses to 21st century challenges. This is his third book.

Mike is the founder of Small World Consulting, an associate company of Lancaster University, which works with organisations from tech giants to supermarkets. Small World is a leader in the field of carbon metrics and their use.

He is a professor at Lancaster University’s Lancaster Environment Centre, where his research includes sustainable food systems and carbon metrics. He co-ordinates the Global Futures event series which are freely open to all and explore big global challenges in multidisciplinary ways.

Information courtesy of author's webpage


Twitter: @MikeBernersLee