By Bennett Baumer
July 11th, 2017
clear and increasingly present danger to our architecture, socially
engaged or not, is global climate change, which portends rising sea
levels, more intense hurricanes and storms and an increase in extremely
hot days. It is such an immense problem that it is tempting to throw
your hands up and say we are all doomed. Take heart, climate activist
Jeremy Brecher thinks that if humanity caused the problem then it can
mitigate the worst damage. His Against Doom, A Climate Insurgency Manual
is a hopeful plan of action to prevent a catastrophic climate bust.
Brecher explores various pathways to challenge big fossil fuels’ grip on
politics and the economy. In the wake of President Trump’s intent to
withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords, it is
incumbent on cities and states to enact their own plans. The key is
building public pressure to enforce those plans in order to meet
targeted emissions reductions.
There is hope and action everywhere. The valiant Keystone XL and Dakota pipeline resistance showed the emergence of diverse coalitions ready to take militant action to prevent deepening fossil fuel reliance. We are racing against the clock, so read Against Doom and take action now.