MOVED TO ONLINE! Thea Riofrancos and Daniel Aldana Cohen present "A Planet To Win: Why We Need A Green New Deal"
Hey everyone—in partnership with Verso Books and The Democracy Collaborative, we are moving forward with this event online! Join us virtually by registering here — we'll be sharing the recipe for our truly excellent Green New Deal cocktail on Instagram in advance of the event so we can all convene as originally scheduled, and raise an alcoholic/nonalcoholic glass together as we hear from Daniel and Thea about how we fight for the planet in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis.
Planet to Win explores the political potential and concrete first steps
of a Green New Deal. It calls for dismantling the fossil fuel industry,
building beautiful landscapes of renewable energy, and guaranteeing
climate-friendly work, no-carbon housing, and free public transit. And
it shows how a Green New Deal in the United States can strengthen
climate justice movements worldwide.
In the twenty-first century, all politics are climate politics. The age of climate gradualism is over, as unprecedented disasters are exacerbated by inequalities of race and class. We need profound, radical change. A Green New Deal can tackle the climate emergency and rampant inequality at the same time. Cutting carbon emissions while winning immediate gains for the many is the only way to build a movement strong enough to defeat big oil, big business, and the super-rich—starting right now.
We don't make politics under conditions of our own choosing, and no one would choose this crisis. But crises also present opportunities. We stand on the brink of disaster—but also at the cusp of wondrous, transformative change.
“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 climate make a critical intervention in the burgeoning movement to save our planet. Read their book and join the struggle.”
“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.”
“Climate change is now deadly serious; that’s why this deadly serious book is so welcome and so crucial right now. No more nibbling around the edges—it’s time to actually seize this moment.”
“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.”
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, Dissent, and NACLA.
Thea Riofrancos is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College and the author of Resource Radicals. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, n+1, Jacobin, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Dissent, and In These Times. She serves on the steering committee of DSA’s Ecosocialist Working Group.