Climate Crisis, Climate Justice, Climate Fiction

A 10-week reading and discussion group
with Fred Murphy and Steve Knight

This study group will examine the dire situations ordinary people confront as climate change and related crises accelerate, and the struggles for climate and environmental justice that are arising to meet these challenges. We will look at such cases as Puerto Rico (Irma-Maria), New York (Sandy), and the Mideast (drought, wars, refugees), through lenses provided by Ashley Dawson, Christian Parenti, and others. The latter weeks of the group will take up the new genre of “climate fiction,” reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 and Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement.

FRED MURPHY has co-led several MEP study groups on Marxism, science, nature, and ecosocialism. He studied and taught historical sociology at the New School for Social Research. STEVE KNIGHT has participated in and co-led MEP study groups on ecosocialism since 2015. His review of Shock of the Anthropocene is forthcoming in the journal Marx & Philosophy.

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Extreme Cities

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.

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