Planet on Fire – A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakd
- Verso Books
- 2021 ISBN 9781788738774
- 288 pages
- Hardcover with dust jacket
- 20.5 × 13.5 × 2.5 cm
In the age of environmental breakdown, breakdown, the political status quo has no answer to the devastating and inequitably distributed consequences of the climate emergency. We urgently need an alternative to bring about the rapid transformation of our social and economic systems. As we rebuild our lives in the wake of Covid-19 and face the challenges of ecological disaster, how can the left win a world fit for life?
Planet on Fire is an urgent manifesto for a fundamental reimagining of the global economy. It offers a clear and practical road map for a future that is democratic and sustainable by design. Laurie Laybourn-Langton and Mathew Lawrence argue that it is not enough merely to spend our way out of the crisis; we must also rapidly reshape the economy to create a new way of life that can foster a healthy and flourishing environment for all.
Planet on Fire offers a detailed and achievable manifesto for a new politics capable of tackling environmental breakdown.
“A realistic, achievable and hopeful alternative to the predominant narrative of doom which typically surrounds discussions of environmental destruction.”
– Carola Rackete, Captain of Sea-Watch 3
“A clear, powerful vision. Don’t miss this book.”
– Jason Hickel, author of Less Is More
“A transformative Green New Deal is more urgent than ever, charting a course beyond fossil fuel capitalism and eco-apartheid. This vital contribution shows how we get there and will be a political guide for the times ahead.”
– Kate Aronoff, author of Overheated
“Framing the situation in terms of the global inequality that fuels extractive global capitalism, and its roots in colonialism, Lawrence and Layborne-Langton put this power imbalance at the heart of their analysis. It enables them to offer some worthwhile answers for how we might solve our interconnected crises.”
– Ann Pettifor, Guardian