Operation Sustainable Human

A four-step scientific guide to combat climate change (high impact made simple)

Non-Fiction - Environment
76 Pages
Reviewed on 10/02/2019
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Author Biography

Dr Chris Macdonald is a British scientist and best-selling author. To get in touch with Chris and to see his latest projects, you can visit his Instagram page: @DrChrisMacdonald

    Book Review

Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite

In Operation Sustainable Human, Chris Macdonald delivers a clear-cut series of critical changes everyone can make to help combat global warming and its negative effects. In order to provide the simplest and most effective solutions to people who want to act against the current climate crisis, Macdonald has whittled down the commonly found lists containing hundreds of points to four ‘action items’ that strike directly at the most significant causes of global warming. The food we eat, consumer psychology, political systems, and our methods of travel all play a substantial role in worsening global warming but implementing the basic changes Macdonald suggests can play a considerable role in turning the tide against global warming.

Macdonald proposes a simple yet optimized strategy to combat climate change. This strategy is based around life-style changes in four key areas and is concise and basic enough that anyone can implement it. Macdonald’s presentation of facts, with clear citations throughout, and direct discussion of the problem we all face when it comes to global warming and its side effects, such as plastic pollution, is highly readable while his encouraging tone helps combat the sense of being overwhelmed and incapable of combatting this crisis. Macdonald also busts several myths as to the contributing factors of global warming, as well as addressing the negative impact of these myths on the general population. Although the discussion of political systems and their impact is centered on the USA, the core elements are applicable worldwide. This short book packs a powerful punch as Macdonald not only provides an actionable strategy to combat climate change but the encouragement that even an individual person can make a difference.

Ray Simmons

I hope all climate change deniers get a chance to read Operation Sustainable Human by Chris Macdonald. It is a great book and I hope it can spark awareness and call to action for those who don’t believe the crisis is real. They are out there. Make no mistake about it. Climate change has been pushed to the front of the Democratic Party’s Debates this year. Thanks in no small part to people like Bernie Sanders and Elisabeth Warren. But despite a growing movement for action from leaders like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and the young people of the Sunrise Movement, the Democratic party did not think that climate change deserved its own night for debate. I think this is a baby boomer mindset. I hope we can get past it one day.

Operation Sustainable Human is beautifully written. It outlines that our only salvation may be the fact that young people are demanding action now. They realize that they and their children will be the ones to pay the biggest price for our excess. It lays out a four-step scientific plan that is easy to read and understand. Chris Macdonald is a scientist, and this book is fact-driven. But it is written for the common man. In fact, it is written for every man. The writing is straightforward and simple but backed up with footnotes and references from respectable journals and magazines. The only problem I see with this book is that most people who are not “woke” to the problem of climate change may not bother to read it so buy two and give a copy to a friend.

Renee Guill

Operation Sustainable Human: A four-step scientific guide to combat climate change (high impact made simple) by Chris Macdonald is a book that helps you learn more about climate change and ways we can prevent it. He talks about the mission and gives you simple steps to change your life and help the planet’s life as well. Chris Macdonald uses facts and numbers to show you just what is needed. He also shares a list of references to help his cause. Not only does he give you facts but he also explains why things are bad and what to do about it.

I thought that Operation Sustainable Human was a fascinating read. I love how Chris Macdonald even helps the cause by saying if you buy a paperback book they will plant ten trees and gives the website trees.org to check it out. I was in awe of the facts he gives, especially the one about cows; things you don’t think about when buying meat products. It made me think again about becoming a vegetarian. I also liked that he gave scientific facts but not in a way that is confusing, for those of us who are scientifically challenged.

Chris Macdonald also shares an impressive list of references, in case you want to check the info yourself. If you ever thought about climate change and how you can help, this is a great place to find out. He gives you easy ways to start helping out and tells you why these actions will help. I liked that it was a fast read as well. Definitely worth looking into.

Erin Nicole Cochran

Chris Macdonald’s book, Operation Sustainable Human, reads like a call to arms. In its pages, the message within it clearly comes across and resonates. The message is that we need to help the planet now. Humans are already suffering from pollution. And future generations will be extremely shortchanged, living difficult lives that could have been prevented had we only made a change in the way we eat, travel, and buy. Macdonald’s voice is steady and strong throughout: “We will need to remain cautious in these strange times as it is far easier to justify current choices than depart from our comfort zones.”

Operation Sustainable Human by Chris Macdonald shocked me with some of the disclosures that were touched upon, some that I couldn’t and would never have even thought to anticipate. The situations that involve the fashion industry in particular, as well as the industry of farming, and the role that plastic plays even as we are being formed as babies were just a few that woke me up out of my own comfort zone. Operation Sustainable Human won’t just help you in making the world a better place by its detailed missions. It will instill inside you the desire to be the fire that gets others to join you on the journey to make the earth not just a livable place one hundred years from now, but one that will be better than it was in our own yesterday. So, tell your friends, your neighbors and whoever else will listen, Operation Sustainable Human is the cure for today and tomorrow.

Bingo Pyjama

A Timely Read

For the last decade the daily barrage of depressing news about the environment has made it increasingly difficult to get out of bed, metaphorically speaking. Chris Macdonald is here to help. His clear-eyed call to action is positive, easy to understand, and an “easy to action” guide that answers the question all of we overwhelmed humans have been asking; ”But what can I do?”

Joseph Warren

This isn't some document of soft suggestions and vague ideas that pulls back to avoid hurting someone's weak feelings. That is not to say the book is lashing out and attacking either. This book presents the topic as a report, presenting facts and stomping myths. It doesn't choose politics beyond stating the truth of the subject. It, however, doesn't just spew out statements on their own either. There are citations, tons and tons of citations. So if at any point you want to learn more, you doubt a claim or do not think the statement has enough information it's all waiting for you to continue your own research.

Maithy Le

Extremely interesting and very simple to read book! This book definitely deserves 5/5 stars. I decided to purchase this because of its description that claims it's "easy to read." It really was! The book was amazing in its execution of explaining each step in combating climate change and the reasoning behind it.

James Cordoba


A really motivating book. It spells out exactly what needs to be done, what is actually happening and what we can do to help. A great read, I now understand the importance of all this, and it is actually very empowering understanding that we can actually do something about it. cheers, I appreciate the hardwork gone in to this, and just by buying it 10 trees have been planted !!!

Mohd Khalif

A Must Read Book!

This is a 5 star book. The author is good at combing through the data and finding the most impactful ways to combat climate change. One of the perks of this book is that each step is explained in detail with the reasons behind it.

Michelle Smithson

Personally.... I bought this book by randomly choosing it and I was very surprised! The book was unexpectedly easy to understand. It contains lots of great information yet it is very straight forward. Looking forward to the next book by the author : )

Huddie Bennett

Great, succinct overview of how to have the greatest impact on climate change. Chris has an easy to understand and empathetic approach to information sharing. He has done the research and wants nothing more than to educate and help tackle this monumental issue facing our world today.

Mike Coto

A must read! Love this book!!!

Susan Millar

This book succinctly states core information about the climate crisis and presents four of the most effective ways to address it. Macdonald urgently yet kindly implores us to take the lead in changing both our individual choices about consumption and in demanding system change from politicians and corporations. It is essential reading for all humans who care about themselves and their children, as well as the other creatures on this amazing planet, Earth.

John Morris

I really wish more people would read this book! So good.