Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
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Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge

A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal Book Launch

Porter Square Books welcomes Alyssa Battistoni, Thea Riofrancos, and Daniel Aldana Cohen, co-authors of A Planet to Win, for a reading and discussion.

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.

A Planet to Win explores the political potential and concrete first steps of a Green New Deal. It calls for dismantling the fossil fuel industry and building beautiful landscapes of renewable energy, guaranteeing climate-friendly work and 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. 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.

Alyssa Battistoni is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and an Editor at Jacobin. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, n+1, The Nation, Jacobin, In These Times, Dissent, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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.

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. He's a Senior Fellow at Data for Progress and a member of People's Action's Homes Guarantee campaign policy team. His writing has appeared in Nature, The Guardian, The Nation, Jacobin, Dissent, and elsewhere.

This event is co-sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America, Boston chapter. Porter Square Books is ADA-accessible. Their public bathroom may be narrow for some wheelchair users.

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Perri Meldon

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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