By Jeremy Brecher
The response to climate change often runs the gamut from denial to despair. But for those who want to take action, LNS recommends Jeremy Brecher’s Climate Insurgency Trilogy. These three books provide a climate action strategy based on creating a global nonviolent constitutional insurgency. Read ’em and act!
Jeremy Brecher’s interactive online book Climate Solidarity: Workers vs. Warming is first and foremost a call to action for people and organizations to build a working-class environmental movement that can address the imminent threat of climate change, as well as the ongoing attacks on workers’ rights.
Brecher’s perspective on climate change and work offers a sharp and refreshing contrast to the “jobs vs. the environment” frame that is so commonly portrayed in the mainstream media. Beginning from the basic fact that working people wake up each and every day to engage in some productive economic activity in order to make a living and that this activity, to varying degrees, also contributes to climate change, he attempts to answer the following key questions:
- How is such a paradoxical state of affairs possible?
- How did we get in such a state?
- How can we change it?
- How can the working class transform itself to fight for climate protection and ultimately to reverse climate alienation?
Together these three books present a comprehensive look at the challenges and possibilities of protecting the earth’s climate through a global nonviolent climate insurgency.
Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival (2nd edition) presents the first history of climate protection movements “from above” and “from below”; explains why climate protection efforts have so far failed; and proposes a worldwide constitutional insurgency to overcome that failure.
Climate Solidarity: Workers vs. Warming presents a vision for the labor climate movement that provides a comprehensive and at times provocative view of the past, present, and future of how workers and the labor movement relate to climate change.
Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual tells how to put the climate insurgency strategy into action. It provides a handbook for climate insurgents.
Jeremy Brecher is the author of more than a dozen books on labor and social movements, including the labor history classic Strike!, recently published in an expanded fortieth anniversary edition by PM Press. He is a co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability.
Comments on Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival:
“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
Comments on Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual:
“Brecher methodically lays out an interlocking vision of direct action within a constitutional legal framework to build the powerful nonviolent climate insurgency necessary to turn the ship around. “Against Doom” smartly connects disparate threads of the existing climate movement and pulls them together with strategic vision. I finished the book fired up.”
– Jay O’Hara, Climate Disobedience Center, in Waging Nonviolence.
“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
Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival (2nd edition, LNS/Stone Soup, 2017). Available for free download.
Climate Solidarity: Workers vs. Warming (LNS/Stone Soup, in press, 2017). Available as a web book and free download.
Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual (PM Press, 2017).