Twenty-five years of human effort have failed even to slow climate change, let alone reverse it. Climate Insurgency lays out a strategy for protecting the earth s climate: a global nviolent constitutional insurgency. This short book starts with a brief history of official climate protection efforts from above and n-governmental ones from below that explains why climate protection has failed so far. Then, it proposes a global nviolent insurgency for climate protection to overcome that failure. Historian and longtime activist Jeremy Brecher presents a public trust doctrine that can legitimate global climate insurgency in national and international law. He shows how to make national ecomies climate-safe and points the way toward justly distributing the global costs and benefits of climate protection. In addition, he lays out a new strategy to make governments and ecomies meet their obligations to protect the climate.
Jeremy Brecher (www.jeremybrecher.org) is the author of more than a dozen books on labor and social movements, including Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action and his classic labor history Strike!, which was just published in a revised fortieth anniversary edition. He has been writing about climate protection strategy since 1988; he is a founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability (www.labor4sustainability.org); he was arrested in the first White House protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. Over the course of half a century, he has participated in movements for nuclear disarmament, civil rights, peace in Vietnam, international labor rights, global economic justice, accountability for war crimes, and many others. He holds a Ph.D. from the Union Graduate School and has received five regional Emmy Awards for his documentary film work.