2016 updated edition
now available free on-line
Twenty-five years of human effort have failed even to slow climate change, let alone reverse it. Climate Insurgency lays out a strategy for protecting the earth’s climate: a global nonviolent constitutional insurgency.
Climate Insurgency starts with a brief history of official climate protection efforts “from above” and non-governmental ones “from below” that explains why climate protection has failed so far. It proposes a global nonviolent insurgency for climate protection to overcome that failure. It outlines the public trust doctrine as a legal basis to legitimate global climate insurgency; shows how to make national economies climate-safe; presents a plan to justly distribute the global costs and benefits of climate protection; and tells how a global insurgency can make governments and economies meet their obligations to protect the climate.
The 2016 updated edition features a new Prologue that analyzes the Paris climate agreement and describes how the global climate insurgency has begun to emerge.
The author is making this book available free on the web to make it as widely available as possible to those who want to understand and help halt climate change. The author encourages and gives permission to anyone to reproduce this book in whole or part in any medium. Please help spread the word! Download Climate Insurgency here.
What they are saying . . .
“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 and The Shock Doctrine
“An exceptionally valuable contribution to thought, feeling, and action on this greatest challenge that has ever confronted humanity as a whole. All in all, the most stimulating response to climate change that I have encountered. I think it is one of those books that could make a difference!”
— Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice, Princeton University
“Deeply informed, and also wise, Jeremy Brecher lays out a persuasive strategy for a global popular insurgency that just might save the planet. Brecher knows a great deal about movements, so read this book, take heart, and join up!”
— Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, City University of New York Graduate Center, and author of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America
“The finest pro-activist work I know, on the most crucial topic under the sun.”
– Patrick Bond, Professor of Political Economy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
About the author
Jeremy Brecher (www.jeremybrecher.org) 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!, which was recently published in a revised fortieth anniversary edition. He has been writing about climate protection strategy since 1988; he is a founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability (www.labor4sustainability.org); he was arrested in the first White House protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. Over the course of half a century, he has participated in movements for nuclear disarmament, civil rights, peace in Vietnam, international labor rights, global economic justice, accountability for war crimes, and many others. He holds a Ph.D. from the Union Graduate School and has received five regional Emmy Awards for his documentary film work.