A new book Climate Change – Who’s Carrying the Burden?The Chilly Climates of the Global Environmental Dilemma came out this week, and I am proud to have written a chapter for it.

Published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives authors include Stephen Lewis, Naomi Klein, Elizabeth May, and is edited by Tor and Anders Sandberg.

The write up for the book is as follows:

“The devastating impacts of climate change are clear. But there are disturbing revelations about how global elites are tackling the issue. Al Gore—on one hand — promotes carbon emissions trading and green technologies as a solution, and—on the other—profits handsomely from his timely investments in those same initiatives. Infamous climate change skeptic Bjørn Lomborg recommends free market solutions to fight global poverty and disease. And it’s these solutions that almost exclusively receive the attention of world leaders, so-called experts and media pundits.

Climate Change—Who’s Carrying the Burden? rallies the call of climate justice advocates and activists concerned with ‘system change not climate change’. This call demands control of local resources, the restitution of past wrongs, and the willingness to conceive and accept different modes of living and seeing.

The contributors to this book draw attention to the disparity between climate change and social justice concerns. They seek to confound, confuse and extend what constitutes the meaning of climate change. They juxtapose and make connections between climate change and the chilly climates that exclude and marginalize groups and individuals who live and imagine different ways of interacting that are more respectful of social and environmental relationships.”

My piece, as can be expected, is on Katrina and the environmental impacts that caused the storm to do so much damage. It also looks at social vulnerabilities. I also touch on the effects of the oil spill.

My chapter follows one about oil…the write up says “Tanya Gulliver looks at the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, seen by some as emblematic of the consequences of climate change, as more a function of the v…ulnerabilities built up in New Orleans where the natural (wetlands) and human-made (levees) barriers to hurricanes have been degraded, and a human population, primarily Black and/or poor, has suffered the effects of Katrina to an extent greater than others. As in the Niger Delta, this is because of the vulnerabilities built up in Louisiana as result of the practices of the petro-chemical industry in the area. Gulliver’s chapter, echoing Osuoka, shows the linkages and inter-relationships between the environmental devastation in both time and place, between Louisiana and the Niger Delta, and between the long-term environmental pollution in New Orleans and the Gulf of Guinea, and the sudden and drastic effects of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The very same corporations have been active in the same areas over a long period of time.”

Check it out! Buy a copy!

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