Before the election of Donald Trump the world was already speeding toward climate catastrophe. Now President Trump has jammed his foot on the global warming accelerator. Is there any way for the rest of us to put on the brakes?
Climate insurgency is a strategy for using people power to realize our common interest in protecting the climate. It uses mass, global, nonviolent action to challenge the legitimacy of public and corporate officials who are perpetrating climate destruction.
A global climate insurgency has already begun. It has the potential to halt and roll back Trump's fossil fuel agenda and the global thrust toward climate destruction.
Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual tells how to put that strategy into action – and how it can succeed. It is a handbook for halting global warming and restoring our climate – a how-to for climate insurgents.
Jeremy Brecher is the author of more than a dozen books on labor and social movements, including Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action and his classic labor history Strike!, recently published in a revised fortieth anniversary edition by PM Press. He has been writing about climate protection since 1988, most recently in his book Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival (2015). He holds a PhD from the Union Graduate School and is a cofounder of the Labor Network for Sustainability. In addition to being awarded five regional Emmy Awards for his documentary film work, Jeremy was arrested in the early White House sit-ins against the Keystone XL pipeline.
"Against Doom lays out key elements of a far-reaching, global-scaled, pragmatic, people-powered strategy to topple the power of the fossil fuel industry and the institutions behind it."
– David Solnit, author of Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World
"In Against Doom, Brecher has provided the climate movement with two essential tools: a moral framework for the struggle against fossil fuels, and an actual plan for victory. By blending sober social movement analysis with the fire of grassroots activism, this book shows that there is a genuine, and winnable, case against the fossil fuel economy – a case to be argued in the streets as well as the courtroom. It's an essential volume for anyone committed to social change in the fight against climate change."
– Joseph Hamilton, Climate Defense Project
"Jeremy Brecher has managed to combine his passion for justice with the wisdom gleaned from decades of research, writing, and personal engagement in social movements and condense them into this short and accessible strategy document. Having benefited from his guidance on a variety of campaigns over the last twenty years, I look forward to collaborating with other organizers and activists in using this book as a blueprint for building a global climate insurgency."
– John Humphries, Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs
"A crisp, clear, and savvy synthesis of key concepts and ideas that will help the global climate justice movement to succeed. Brecher outlines many feasible climate solutions that should give all of us hope, despite the odds."
– Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate