These three essential books explain why a people-first approach to addressing climate change is the only way forward

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In 2006, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth seemed to finally rouse popular culture to the threat of climate change. It was shown to community groups, in schools, and even won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. Yet the film — and the host of “green” culture products it inspired — largely presented fighting climate change as a consumer-driven, individual pursuit. We were encouraged to recycle, replace light bulbs and appliances, make expensive renovations, and switch to renewable power.

Today, as uncontrollable fires ravage Australia and scientists warn we have until the end of the decade to radically transform our way of life, it’s clear that waiting for every consumer to change their purchasing habits won’t cut it. If we’re to have a chance at avoiding the worst-case warming scenarios, we’re going to need bold ideas like those espoused in the Green New Deal (GND) — ideas that would rapidly get us off fossil fuels, create a robust social safety net, and put decision-making power in the hands of communities. …


Paris Marx

Socialist, traveller, urbanist. MA Geog, McGill. I write critically on tech, cities, and media, and curate the Radical Urbanist newsletter: http://bit.ly/radurb

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