Putting Out the Planetary Fire: An Introduction to Climate Action and Advocacy (Big Toad Books, 2023) provides a factual introduction to many of the issues central to climate debate: Renewable Energy, Environmental Justice, Reparations, False Climate Solutions (nuclear, carbon capture), Real Life Barriers, carbon pricing, Green New Deal, crypto mining, plastics, and military. The second half serves as an organizing guide to the basics of advocacy, from lobbying to litigation to direct action.
The book is written by Mark Dunlea of the Green Education and Legal Fund. It’s a basic introduction for people (including high school and college students) wanting a strong grounding on climate issues and as a handbook to help new climate organizers with how-to information on basic advocacy and organizing skills.
Mark Dunlea has been an environmental activist for half a century since his co-founding of NYPIRG while a student at RPI and Albany Law School. After more than thirty years as an anti-poverty organizer, he became a full-time climate activist a decade ago. He helped organize the 400,000 person People’s Climate March in New York City and co-coordinated the effort by 350NYC and others to divest the NYC and NYS pension funds from fossil fuels.
A co-author of the initial call for a Green New Deal in the U.S. in 2010 for the Green Party, he has led efforts to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030; enact a carbon tax; promote a Just Transition; and halt new fossil fuels. The book is an outgrowth of a college class he taught on Climate Change and Advocacy.
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