Surviving Climate Change

Surviving Climate Change : The Struggle to Avert Global Catastrophe

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Climate change is a pressing reality. Hurricane Katrina, melting polar ice and increased threats to food and water security show that planetary blowback is becoming all too evident.Governments and business keep reassuring the public they are going to fix the problem. This book brings together some leading activists who disagree. They expose the inertia, denial, deception -- even threats to our civil liberties -- which comprise mainstream responses from civil and military policy makers, and from opinion formers in the media, corporations and academia.An epochal change is called for in the way we all engage with the climate crisis. Key to that change is Aubrey Meyer's proposed Contraction and Convergence framework for limiting global carbon emissions. This book, which also includes contributions by Mayer Hillman and George Marshall, is a powerful and vital guide to how mass mobilisation can avert the looming catastrophe.show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532567X
  • 9780745325675
  • 1,252,178

About David Cromwell

David Cromwell is co-founder / co-editor of Media Lens (www.medialens.org) and a researcher at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. He is author of Private Planet (2001) and co-author of Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media (Pluto, 2006). In 2002, he co-founded the Crisis Forum (www.crisis-forum.org.uk) with fellow Southampton academic Mark Levene. Surviving Climate Change: The Struggle to Avert Global Catastrophe, edited by Cromwell and Levene, was published in 2007 by Pluto. Mark Levene is an environmental activist and a historian at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Genocide in the Age of the Nation-State (2005). He is also founder of Rescue!History, a network seeking to understand the historical origins of climate change.show more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction: Survival Means Renewal, Mark Levene and David Cromwell - Both University of Southampton Part I The Big Picture 1. The Case for Contraction and Convergence, Aubrey Meyer Part II The State and its Apparatus 2. Thinking the Worst: The Pentagon Report, Dave Webb - Leeds Metropolitan University 3. Preparing for Mass Refugee Flows: The Corporate Military Sector, Steve Wright - Leeds Metropolitan University 4. Britain, Political Process and the Consequences for Government Action on Climate Change, James Humphreys Part III Critical Players 5. First they Blocked, Now do they Bluff? Corporations respond to Climate Change, Melanie Jarman 6. Mostly Missing the Point: Business Responses to Climate Change, David Ballard - University of Bath 7. The Mass Media, Climate Change and how things might be, John Theobald and Marianne McKiggan 8. Having the Information but what do you then do with it? The Scientific and Academic Communities, Jonathan Ward - University of Bristol 9. Asleep on their Watch: Where were the NGOs?, George Marshall Part IV The Challenge Ahead 10.Clearing the Pathways to Transformation, Susan Ballard and David Ballard 11. Averting Climate Change: By Force, Persuasion or Enlightened Self-Interest ? Jim Scott Afterword: Where Do We Go From Here? Mayer Hillman - Policy Studies Institute, London Appendix 1: A Layperson's Glossary of the Global Politics of Climate Change, Tim Helweg-Larsen (Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynelleth, Wales) and Jo Abbess Appendix 2: Climate Change campaigns and other relevant links Notes on Contributors Indexshow more

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'An insightful and inspiring collection of essays from some of the foremost thinkers on climate change' -- Mark Lynas, author of High Tide (Flamingo/HarperCollins, 2004) 'A vital point of reference for anyone who believes that neighbourhood and community initiatives will be essential in rising to the challenge that is climate change' -- Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP for South East Englandshow more

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