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A Planet to Win

Why We Need a Green New Deal

Kate Aronoff Alyssa Battistoni Daniel Aldana Cohen Thea Riofrancos

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Verso Books
12 November 2019
Political manifestos; Environmentalist thought & ideology; Global warming; Social impact of environmental issues
In October 2018, the IPCC published a report warning that the world would warm 1.5 C by 2040 without massive emissions reductions by 2030, with results more devastating than previously imagined. In November, the charismatic democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez won election to Congress. She stated that a Green New Deal would be a top priority. A week later, activists with the Sunrise Movement occupied Nancy Pelosi's office, calling for action on climate in the form of a Green New Deal. Ocasio-Cortez joined them, making global headlines. The Green New Deal is now a buzzword thrown around to signal the need for climate action-but no one quite knows what it means.

Winning Back our Future fleshes out what a Green New Deal could look like and draws the connection between climate change and capitalism, arguing that in order to confront one we must confront the other. With concrete proposals, such as ending subsidies for fossil fuel companies and funding a just transition to renewable energy, expanding public housing and transit, and a job guarantee program that emphasizes climate-friendly work, the authors offer a daring set of ideas to confront climate chaos and create a more equitable society.

Recognizing that inequality and climate politics are utterly inseparable, Winning Back Our Future draws on the inspiring history of environmental justice movements and sets out a bold framework for the transformative possibilities of a Green New Deal.
By:   Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Thea Riofrancos
Imprint:   Verso Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781788738316
ISBN 10:   1788738314
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   12 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kate Aronoff is a fellow at the Type Media Center and a contributing writer to The Intercept. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Intercept, The Nation, Harpers, Jacobin, Dissent, and In These Times, among other outlets. She has appeared on Democracy Now, On The Media, and numerous other television shows, radio programs, and podcasts. Alyssa Battistoni is an editor at Jacobin and a PhD candidate in political science at Yale University. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, n+1, The Nation, Jacobin, In These Times, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Verso blog, among other outlets. She has been interviewed on The Dig (where she has also served as guest host), and numerous other podcasts and radio programs. Daniel Aldana Cohen is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Nature, The Nation, Jacobin, Public Books, the Verso blog, and Dissent among other outlets. He has been interviewed on The Dig and Behind the News, and numerous other podcasts and radio programs. Thea Riofrancos is an assistant professor of political science at Providence College and the author of Resource Radicalisms, forthcoming from Duke University Press. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, n+1, Jacobin, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Dissent, and In These Times, among other outlets. She has been interviewed on the The Dig and Behind The News, and numerous other podcasts and radio programs. She also serves on the Steering Committee of DSA's Ecosocialist Working Group.

Reviews for A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal

A Planet to Win comes at the perfect moment, challenging us to find hope and build a more just world in the face of catas-trophe. The authors outline transformative solutions to the climate crisis that are economically viable and politically possible--if we organize and fight to win. - Varshini Prakash, Executive Director, Sunrise Movement The climate crisis presents an enormous, existential challenge to our species. But we don't have time to be overwhelmed. The enormity of the task requires even bigger ideas, strategies, and tactics. In this book, some of our sharpest, most lucid voices on cli-mate make a critical intervention in the burgeoning movement to save our planet. Read their book and join the struggle. - Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation Urgent, clear-eyed, and energizing, this book is a powerful example of the radical collaborative thinking we desperately need to avoid climate dystopia and win a world where the many can survive and thrive. - Astra Taylor, Director of What Is Democracy? Climate change is now deadly serious; that's why this deadly serious book is so welcome and so crucial right now. No more nib-bling around the edges--it's time to actually seize this moment. - Bill McKibben, author of Falter, cofounder of 350.org An excellent orientation to the ecological crisis we face and the Green New Deal that is the necessary start of our response. This book puts its finger right on the pulse of our moment. - Kim Stanley Robinson, author of New York 2140 A Planet to Win helps us imagine life under the umbrella of a radical Green New Deal. - Sierra Magazine


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