A Conversation with Ashley Dawson co-host: NYC DSA Climate Justice
Join us as climate-justice activists engage in a dialogue with Ashley Dawson, author of Extreme Cities
Ashley Dawson argues that cities are ground zero for climate change, contributing the lion’s share of carbon to the atmosphere, while also lying on the frontlines of rising sea levels. He offers an alarming portrait of the future of our cities, describing the efforts of Staten Island, New York, and Shishmareff, Alaska residents to relocate; Holland’s models for defending against the seas; and the development of New York City before and after Hurricane Sandy.
As Dawson sees it, our best hope lies not with fortified sea walls but in urban movements already fighting to remake our cities in a more just and equitable way.
Ashley Dawson is a professor of English at the City University of New York, and also the author of Extinction: A Radical History.