September has arrived, summer vacation season is over and it's time to get stuff done — not just for the month ahead but for the future of the planet.
The Green New Deal:<p>To start off our list, this month brings not one but two books about the need for a Green New Deal.</p><p>First up, <em>Shock Doctrine</em> author Naomi Klein offers us <a href="https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/On-Fire/Naomi-Klein/9781982129910" target="_blank"><em>On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal</em></a><em>. </em>This collection of new and previously published reports examines the state of the environment around the world, ranging from the Great Barrier Reef to the Vatican. And as you'd expect from a firebrand like Klein, this impassioned, justice-oriented book presents a call for immediate transformation of the systems that have produced the climate crisis (and so many other crises along the way).</p><p>Taking a slightly different path, economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin brings us <a href="https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250253217" target="_blank"><em>The Green New Deal</em></a>, a cautionary tale that warns the world economy (if not the world itself) will fall apart in under ten years if we don't take immediate action to mothball extractive energy technologies. Subtitled "Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth," Rifkin's book serves as a call for world governments to decarbonize their economies, post-haste.</p>
Wildlife and Conservation:<p><em><a href="https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-missing-lynx-9781472957344/" target="_blank">The Missing Lynx: The Past and Future of Britain's Lost Mammals</a> </em>by Ross Barnett — Eurasian lynx were wiped out in Britain 1,300 years ago, but there's now an effort to bring them back to their old stomping grounds. Could other species, even megafauna, soon follow? Barnett look at the lynx and other extinct British species to see what we've lost following their disappearance from the ecosystem and what we might gain from rewilding projects. Along the way, he asks if these types of projects should even be conducted at all. That's a timely, important question in this era when we're even talking about brining extinct species like the mammoth back to life.</p><p><a href="https://us.orcabook.com/Gone-is-Gone-P11995.aspx" target="_blank"><em>Gone Is Gone: Wildlife Under Threat</em></a> by Isabelle Groc — Aimed at teenage readers, this profusely illustrated and thoroughly researched book looks at <a href="http://www.ecowatch.com/tag/endangered-species" rel="noopener noreferrer">endangered species</a> around the world — and what we can do to help them. Conservation icon Jane Goodall provides the foreword. (For juvenile readers, check out a similarly themed book out this month: <a href="https://www.runningpress.com/titles/louise-mcnaught/survival/9780762496396/" target="_blank"><em>Survival</em></a> by artist Louise McNaught and writer Anna Claybourne.)</p><p><a href="https://shop.nationalgeographic.com/products/national-geographic-the-photo-ark-vanishing" target="_blank"><em>Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals</em></a> by Joel Sartore — Critically endangered and extinct-in-the-wild species get the spotlight in this stunning, 400-page photography book, the latest in Sartore's "Photo Ark" project for <em>National Geographic</em>. This could be your last chance to see many of these species, so take some time to linger on each image and reflect on the very real faces of impending extinction.</p>
Climate Change:<p><a href="https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374712525" target="_blank"><em>We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast</em></a> by Jonathan Safran Foer — If we want to fight climate change, we (individually and collectively) need to put down the breakfast sausages and rethink many of our other agricultural products. A stylishly written and thought-provoking book from the author of <em>Everything Is Illuminated</em> and <em>Eating Animals</em>.</p><p><a href="https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374718527" target="_blank"><em>The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America's Coasts</em></a> by Gilbert M. Gaul — Hoo boy, the coastal destruction coming our way due to climate change and <a href="http://www.ecowatch.com/tag/endangered-species">sea-level rise</a> is going to be <em>expensive</em>…and taxpayers will carry the costs. Gaul, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, recounts the history of coastal development (or over-development, to be precise) and lays out the case for changing the way we regulate and subsidize risky construction.</p>
Activism and Environmental Justice:<p><a href="https://ecwpress.com/products/whose-water-is-it" target="_blank"><em>Whose Water Is It, Anyway? Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands</em></a> by Maude Barlow — One of the world's most notable water-justice activists provides a step-by-step guide to help communities keep themselves from going dry due to the actions of irresponsible companies and governments. (Check out our <a href="https://therevelator.org/barlow-water-privatization/" target="_blank">interview with Barlow</a>.)</p><p><a href="https://btlbooks.com/book/unearthing-justice" target="_blank"><em>Unearthing Justice: How to Protect Your Community From the Mining Industry</em></a> by Joan Kuyek — Covering everything from how to stop a new mining project to figuring out how to clean up an abandoned mine, this important book offers activists a primer for taking on all manner of extractive industries that can harm human health and the environment.</p><p><a href="https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/salmon-and-acorns-feed-our-people/9780813584195" target="_blank"><em>Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature and Social Action</em></a> by Kari Marie Norgaard — A sociological look at North American colonialism, focusing on the Karuk Tribe of northern California and their political struggles for environmental justice and food sovereignty.</p>
And Two More for Good Measure:<p><a href="http://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9780745687391" target="_blank"><em>Waste</em></a> by Kate O'Neill — A simply titled book about a very complex issue: What do we do with all of our <em>stuff</em>? From <a href="http://www.ecowatch.com/tag/food-waste" rel="noopener noreferrer">food waste</a> to plastic recycling to the remnants of our ubiquitous electronics, O'Neill examines the politics and future of what we throw away.</p><p><a href="https://islandpress.org/books/rainforest" target="_blank"><em>Rainforest: Dispatches From Earth's Most Vital Frontlines</em></a> by Tony Juniper — A gorgeous, thoughtful and increasingly necessary book examining the roles that rainforests around the world play in regulating our planetary systems. Juniper, a noted environmentalist who has spent decades working on rainforest conservation, devotes a good portion of this book to the threats that human-caused fires pose to these essential ecosystems — a timely topic, to say the least.</p><p>That's our list for this month, but don't stop here: You can find dozens of other recent eco-books in the <a href="https://therevelator.org/tag/revelator-reads/" target="_blank">"Revelator Reads" archive</a>.</p>
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Jon Queally
"Gold over life, literally."
That was the succinct and critical reaction of Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein to reporting on Friday that President Donald Trump had personally intervened — after a meeting with Alaska's Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy on Air Force One in June — to withdraw the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) opposition to a gold mining project in the state that the federal government's own scientists have acknowledged would destroy native fisheries and undermine the state's fragile ecosystems.
- EPA Likely to Approve Mine That Threatens Alaska's Largest Salmon Hatchery - EcoWatch ›
- Clean Water Act Rollback: Trump's EPA Limits States’ and Tribes’ Rights to Block Pipelines - EcoWatch ›
- Trump Admin Reverses Obama-Era Restrictions on Pebble Mine Near Alaska's Largest Salmon Nursery - EcoWatch ›
'Huge Victory' for Grassroots Climate Campaigners as NY Lawmakers Reach Deal on Sweeping Climate Legislation
By Julia Conley
Grassroots climate campaigners in New York applauded on Monday after state lawmakers reached a deal on sweeping climate legislation, paving the way for the passage of what could be some of the country's most ambitious environmental reforms.
By Jessica Corbett
A group of activists, experts and writers on Wednesday launched a bold new campaign calling for the "thrilling but neglected approach" of embracing nature's awesome restorative powers to battle the existential crises of climate and ecological breakdown.
'This Is a Big Deal': Warren Vows to Ban New Leases for Fossil Fuel Drilling Offshore and on Public Lands
By Jessica Corbett
Environmental activists and advocacy groups praised Sen. Elizabeth Warren Monday after she promised that if she is elected president in 2020, she will ban new fossil fuel extraction leases for federally controlled lands and waters.
By Jessica Corbett
Ahead of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland next week—which convenes the world's wealthiest and most powerful for a summit that's been called both the "money Oscars" and a "threat to democracy"—the group published a report declaring, "Of all risks, it is in relation to the environment that the world is most clearly sleepwalking into catastrophe."
Six months since Hurricane Maria battered the island of Puerto Rico, the island is the site of a pitched battle between wealthy investors—particularly from the technology industry—and everyday Puerto Ricans fighting for a place in their island's future.
By Jake Johnson
With people across the globe mobilizing, putting their bodies on the line, and getting arrested en masse as part of a broad effort to force the political establishment to immediately pursue ambitious solutions to the climate crisis, new research published on Monday provided a grim look at what the future will bring if transformative change is not achieved: colossal flooding, bigger fires, stronger hurricanes and much more.
By Jessica Corbett
A small group of Amazon workers is receiving big praise for their efforts to force their employer to be a better steward of the planet.
Naomi Klein: 'New York City Is Taking a Game-Changing First Step in Turning the World Right Side Up'
The following is a speech given by Naomi Klein in New York City on Jan. 10.
I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for this historic announcement that New York is divesting from fossil fuels and suing five oil majors.
That was fast. Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) unanimously prohibited donations from fossil fuel companies, the DNC voted 30-2 on Friday on a resolution that critics say effectively reverses the ban, The Huffington Post reported.
The resolution, introduced by DNC Chair Tom Perez, allows the committee to accept donations from "workers, including those in energy and related industries, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates individually or through their unions' or employers' political action committees" or PACs.
By Jessica Corbett
As Hurricane Florence officially made landfall Friday, and forecasters warn of "life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding," some attention has turned to residents across mandatory evacuation zones in the Carolinas and Virginia who chose to stay or were unable to leave, and how the poorest often pay the highest price when faced with a natural disaster.
By Naomi Klein
LET'S REWIND A BIT, to the week Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. At that moment, I was reeling from witnessing not one catastrophe but two. And I don't think we can understand the true danger of the Trump disaster unless we grapple with both of them.
I was in Australia for work, but I was also very conscious that, because of the carbon involved in that kind of travel, I might not be able to return for a long time. So I decided to visit, for the first time in my life, the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, a World Heritage Site and Earth's largest natural structure made up of living creatures. It was simultaneously the most beautiful and the most frightening thing I had ever seen.