272 pages, 3 figures, 4 photos
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 corporate globalisation and planetary blowback is becoming all too evident. Governments and business keep reassuring the public they are going to fix the problem. 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 Aubrey Meyer's proposed 'Contraction and Convergence' framework for limiting global carbon emissions. This book, which also includes contributions by Mayer Hillman and George Marshall, is a powerful and vital guide to how mass mobilisation can avert the looming catastrophe.
An insightful and inspiring collection from some of the foremost thinkers on climate change. Not to be missed. - Mark Lynas, author of High Tide (Flamingo/HarperCollins, 2004)
"Surviving Climate Change 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. From their different perspectives, the authors together eloquently argue that global equity must be at the heart of any global climate agreement, and therefore that the contraction and convergence model is the only serious framework currently available as an equitable global tool for climate change mitigation. Such a framework will depend on genuine grassroots action to secure its success. This book will become a vital point of reference for anyone who believes that neighbourhood and community initiatives will be essential in rising to the challenge that is climate change. This is a visionary and hopeful book - an essential Survival Guide in turbulent times." - Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP for South East England.
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