Are We Screwed?

Are We Screwed?

How A New Generation Is Fighting to Survive Climate Change

Book - 2017
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A declaration of resistance, and a roadmap for radical change, from the generation that will be most screwed by climate change.

The Millennial generation could be first to experience the doomsday impacts of climate change. It's also the last generation able to do something about them. With time ticking down, 31-year-old journalist Geoff Dembicki journeyed to Silicon Valley, Canada's tar sands, Washington, DC, Wall Street and the Paris climate talks to find out if he should hope or despair. What he learned surprised him. Millions of people his age want to radically change our world, and they are at the forefront of resistance to the politicians and CEOs steering our planet towards disaster.

In Are We Screwed? , Dembicki gives a firsthand account of this movement, and the shift in generational values behind it, through the stories of young people fighting for their survival. It begins with a student who abandons society to live in the rainforest and ends with a Muslim feminist fomenting a political revolution. We meet a Brooklyn artist terrifying the oil industry, a Norwegian scientist running across the melting Arctic and an indigenous filmmaker challenging the worldview of Mark Zuckerberg.

Are We Screwed? makes a bold argument in these troubled times: A safer and more equitable future is more achievable than we've been led to believe. This book will forever change how you view the biggest existential challenge of our era and redefine the generation now battling against the odds to solve it.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury USA,, 2017
ISBN: 9781632864819
Branch Call Number: 363.7387 DEM
Characteristics: xii, 305 pages ; 25 cm

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Apr 15, 2018

This book tries to balance optimism and realism in regards to climate change and our future, focusing in on "young people" (as the author calls them) and stories about how they are defying the status quo of chasing money and oil. The problem is that the author's intention is clearly to leave us feeling hopeful and motivated, but he asks the reader to make some pretty big leaps of imagination. For example, he implies in one chapter that a little girl shot up out of her seat during a speech and changed an important politician's mind about setting climate goals. He also wants you to believe that a man who worked in the oil fields then moved to New York to become an artist is somehow defying the oil industry. Overall it's an easy read and not a bad one, especially for young adults and teens looking for some inspiration to live a life that fights to protect our planet. Unfortunately, the author's optimism is not contagious.

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Feb 03, 2018

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