This book brings together the voices of people from five continents who live, work, and research on the front lines of climate resistance and renewal.

The many contributors to this volume explore the impacts of extreme weather events in Africa, the Caribbean and on Pacific islands, experiences of life-long defenders of the land and forests in Brazil, India, Indonesia, and eastern Canada, and efforts to halt the expansion of fossil-fuel infrastructure from North America to South Africa. They offer various perspectives on how a just transition toward a fossil-free economy can take shape, as they share efforts to protect water resources, better feed their communities, and implement new approaches to urban policy and energy democracy.

Climate Justice and Community Renewal uniquely highlights the accounts of people who are directly engaged in local climate struggles and community renewal efforts, including on-the-ground land defenders, community organizers, leaders of international campaigns, agroecologists, activist-scholars, and many others. It will appeal to students, researchers, activists, and all who appreciate the need for a truly justice-centered response to escalating climate disruptions.

chapter |16 pages

Climate justice and community renewal

An introduction

part I|111 pages

Climate impacts, extractivism, and land defense

chapter 3|12 pages

Petroleum and eucalyptus monoculture in Brazil

The vicious cycle of climate change

chapter 4|19 pages

Moving away from state and capital

Climate change, hegemony and resistance in Indian forests

chapter 6|13 pages

Resistance is fertile

Direct action vs. fossil fuels across North America

chapter 7|13 pages

Resistance to REDD

Lessons from the ground

chapter 8|20 pages

African climate justice

Articulations and activism

part II|118 pages

Reclaiming community

chapter 10|14 pages

Small is beautiful

New geographies of cooperation to face water scarcity in Cochabamba, Bolivia

chapter 11|18 pages

The unsettling of Detroit

chapter 12|15 pages

Indigenous Just Transition

Reflections from the field

chapter 15|14 pages

Energy democracy in the northeastern US

Case studies from New York State

chapter |11 pages


Connecting climate change resistance, disruption, and survival