by Peter Gelderloos
Are alternative energies and Green New Deals enough to deliver environmental justice? Peter Gelderloos argues that international governmental responses to the climate emergency are structurally incapable of solving the crisis. But there is hope.
Across the world, grassroots networks of local communities are working to realize their visions of an alternative revolutionary response to planetary destruction, often pitted against the new megaprojects promoted by greenwashed alternative energy infrastructures and the neocolonialist, technocratic policies that are the forerunners of the Green New Deal.
Gelderloos interviews food sovereignty activists in Venezuela, Indigenous communities reforesting their lands in Brazil and anarchists fighting biofuel plantations in Indonesia, looking at the battles that have cancelled airports, stopped pipelines, and helped the most marginalized to fight borders and environmental racism, to transform their cities, to win a dignified survival.
"Guides us beyond the greenwashing of the arsonist state, towards the regenerative agency of local communities. Gelderloos demonstrates how we have the means at hand to extinguish the blaze and reset our wayward course towards a more livable and just planet for all!" -- Simon Springer, author of The Anarchist Roots of Geography and Fuck Neoliberalism
About the Author:
Peter Gelderloos is a writer and movement participant. He is the author of How Nonviolence Protects the State, Anarchy Works, and Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation. He has contributed chapters to anthologies Keywords for Radicals and Riots and Militant Occupations.