The Solutions are Already Here: Strategies of Ecological Revolution from Below (Paperback)
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“Demonstrates how we have the means at hand to extinguish the blaze and reset our wayward course towards a more livable and just planet for all.”—Simon Spring, author, The Anarchist Roots of Geography
Are alternative energies and Green New Deals enough to deliver environmental justice? Peter Gelderloos argues that international governmental responses to the climate emergency are structurally incapable of solving the crisis. But there is hope.
Across the world, grassroots networks of local communities are working to realize their visions of an alternative revolutionary response to planetary destruction, often pitted against the new megaprojects promoted by greenwashed alternative energy infrastructures and the neocolonialist, technocratic policies that are the forerunners of the Green New Deal. Topics include:
*The Situation Now and Our Likely Futures
*The Ecological Crisis beyond Carbon
*Foxes Building Henhouses: Government Promises and Market Solutions
*The Solutions Are Already Here: We Have Stopped Pipelines, Airports, Highways, and Mines
*Finding Our Place in a Damaged Ecology
*Fighting Where We Live: From Cities to Habitats
*A Thousand Worlds Struggling to Be Born: Ecosystems of Revolt
*Ecological Revolution: The Best Strategy in Success or Failure
*Ecological Imaginations: Plotting a Total Transformation of Human Existence
*Justice and Reconciliation: Making Sure Mass Murder Doesn't Pay
*Present Steps in the Networking of Local and Global Spaces
Gelderloos interviews food sovereignty activists in Venezuela, indigenous communities reforesting their lands in Brazil, and anarchists fighting biofuel plantations in Indonesia, looking at the battles that have cancelled airports, stopped pipelines, and helped the most marginalized to fight borders and environmental racism, to transform their cities, to win a dignified survival.
As the climate crisis worsens, we must look to revolutionary strategy for justice. Here is the information everyone needs to understand the problem and plot new, path-breaking, even revolutionary solution.
About the Author
Peter Gelderloos is a writer and movement participant. He is the author of How Nonviolence Protects the State, Anarchy Works and Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation. He has contributed chapters to anthologies Keywords for Radicals and Riots and Militant Occupations.