After speaking at the opening ceremony of the Paris Climate Change summit in November 2015, The Prince of Wales began work on a plain English guide to the subject. Recognising that many people lacked the time and opportunity to study the science and implications of climate change, The Prince teamed up with two experts, Dr. Tony Juniper and Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, to produce a short illustrated book which covers the causes of climate change and how it is related to human activities, what we can expect to happen as a result, the challenges this will pose to people and what can be done to avoid the worst effects of it.
The book was peer reviewed by six experts in accordance with the procedures governing the publication of scientific papers, and in January 2017 was published by Ladybird Books as part of a new series of guides for adults. The book went straight into The Sunday Times’ best seller list on the week of its release and stayed there for several weeks thereafter. Although produced primarily for grown-ups, the book was also written to be accessible and to pique the interest of children.