Climate Change is Racist – New Book

Climate Change is Racist: Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice , published this month by Icon Books, looks at how climate and race intersect.

‘Will open the minds of even the most ardent denier of climate change and/or systemic racism. If there’s one book that will help you to be an effective activist for climate justice, it’s this one.’ Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

‘Accessible. Poignant. Challenging.’ Nnimmo Bassey, environmentalist and author of To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa

Co-author Jeremy Williams works for our Joy in Enough project and presented this topic at our Climate and Colour event that we co-hosted with Christian Climate Action at the end of last year.


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Author: Ruth Jarman | Date: 22 June, 2021 | Category: Book Reviews Opinion | Comments: 7


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Iain Climie:

June 28, 2021

Hi Chris (again), That's what CT's back of the envelope calculations suggest while ditching factory farming, adopting regenerative farming methods and not condoning rabbit diseases are other obvious measures. They do hit cost, choice and convenience though.

Iain Climie:

June 28, 2021

Hi Chris, Don't panic as I'm not intending that. I am trying to highlight that for a well-off ageing (63) Westerner who also has 3 kids to gripe too much about human numbers could rebound and be seen as hypocritical. Tongue in cheek (if you'll excuse flippant comments on a serious matter) should I start smoking or dangerous sports when I retire? Iain

Chris Warwick:

June 28, 2021

Hello Iain, I hope I am not the only person on here to find the implications of what you say about allowing death rates to rise to be alarming. I don't think that Christians ought to be spending their time trying to legitimize euthanasia. Best wishes Chris

Chris Warwick:

June 28, 2021

Hi Iain, Without having read the paper you recommend, do you mean enough food for 14 bIllion? Certainly, there is a lot of waste. Then we have been schooled into thinking that buying for the sake of it is a virtue.

Iain Climie:

June 28, 2021

Hi Chris, You may find Colin Tudge's The Great Rethink of interest as current data suggests enough food for 14 million plus people is getting produced. Obscene amounts get wasted though, conflict can ensure hunger regardless, locusts caused major losses last year and climate change is a looming problem. On paper though adequate food supplies are easy barring doomsday or very severe loss scenarios. Malthus has been over pessimistic so far but just blaming all those other people (instead of supprting action needed) is a glib & useless reaction which doesn't actually help; it is therefore very popular! Regards, Iain

Chris Warwick:

June 28, 2021

We seem to be caught up in orbit around Planet Malthus.

Iain Climie:

June 22, 2021

Paul Ehrlich famously wrote The Population bomb in 1968 but a few years later felt obliged to comment that a Californian couple with 2 kids probably had a similar impact in at least some areas to a small Bangladeshi village. Predictably many well-off white Westerners tried to blame poorer people in hotter countries for having too many kids. I would never deny women anywhere the means to control their own fertility but there is a great unmentionable factor on population. Deaths must exceed births for total numbers to fall. We can all gripe about other people, their kids and the impact of various aspects of consumer choice and convenience, while an economic system too dense to cope with having enough is unhelpful and the whole "make more money, buy more stuff" approach is madness. Accepting our own mortality, especially if medical advances let well off Westerners live longer, healthy lives, is a different matter - ouch!


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