Summer Reading— A Review of Against Doom

Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual

By Bennett Baumer
The Indypendent
July 11th, 2017

One 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.

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