Surviving Climate Change


"An insightful and inspiring collection from some of the foremost thinkers on climate change. Not to be missed." Mark Lynas, author of High Tide (2004) and Six Degrees (2007). "[This book] makes a clear and compelling case that we cannot head off climate disaster except by radically rethinking the social, cultural, economic and political ground rules which govern our lives. … A visionary and hopeful book — an essential survival guide in turbulent times." Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP for South East England Climate change is a pressing reality. From hurricane Katrina to melting polar ice, and from mass extinctions to increased threats to food and water security, the link between state-corporate globalisation and planetary blowback is becoming all too evident. Governments and business keep reassuring the public they are addressing the climate threat. This book brings together some leading activists who disagree. They expose the inertia, denial, deception — even threats to our civil liberties — which comprise mainstream responses from civil and military policy makers, and from opinion formers in the media, corporations and academia. An epochal change is called for in the way we all engage with the climate crisis. Key to that change is renowned climate activist Aubrey Meyer’s ‘Contraction and Convergence’ framework for limiting global carbon emissions. His contribution and that of other leading environmentalists, including Mayer Hillman and George Marshall, make this a vital guide to how mass mobilisation can avert the looming catastrophe. David Cromwell is the author of Private Planet (2001) and is co-author, with David Edwards, of Guardians of Power (2006). He is a researcher at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and the co-founder of the Crisis Forum (www.crisis-forum.org.uk) with Mark Levene. Mark Levene is an environmental activist and a historian at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Genocide in the Age of the Nation-State (2005). He is also founder of Rescue!History, a network seeking to understand the historical origins of climate change.

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