Are we screwed? How a new generation is fighting to survive climate change

Geoff Dembicki

Book - 2017

The millennial generation could be the first to experience the doomsday impacts of climate change-- and the last generation able to do something about them. Dembicki provides a wake-up call for the biggest challenge of our era, told through the stories of people fighting for their survival.

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Published
New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA 2017.
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-290) and index.
ISBN
9781632864819
1632864819
9781635570786
1635570786
Main Author
Geoff Dembicki (author)
  • Introduction : Time is ticking down
  • Part I. Rejecting the status quo. Alone on a little island
  • Capitalism's worst nightmare
  • Citizens of Planet Earth
  • Beyond right and left
  • Part II. Building a new one. Why Wall Street is changing
  • Staying alive in Paris
  • The true meaning of sharing
  • Radical goes mainstream
  • Afterword : So are we screwed?
  • How to not screw up the climate : a guide for daily living.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Canadian journalist Dembicki tells a global story of youth in revolt, energized by fear of rising sea levels to reject the status quo in economics and government. Polling data and climate science findings as well as several profiles of artists and activists portray Millennials in opposition to the entrenched power of older generations. What empowers Millennials is a global identity that transcends borders and sees national interests that prop up a flagging fossil-fuel economy over a surging renewable energy industry as myopic, selfish, and immoral in how short-term profits are valued. While describing this group as progressive yet apolitical, Dembicki shows younger voters energized by policy positions but ultimately disappointed by elected leaders at the 2015 climate talks in Paris as well as in recent elections in the U.S. and Europe. One chapter is cautious in its examination of Silicon Valley's "sharing economy" as a new economic model that younger people could embrace. Recommended for readers interested in the environment and the Millennial generation. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this spirited manifesto against the status quo, journalist Dembicki highlights the stories of Millennials who are combating climate change. Covering the historic battle over the Keystone XL pipeline, the Paris climate talks, and more, the author reveals how this generation has tired of watching world leaders make decisions whose results they will not live to see. Whether quitting their jobs and going back to the land in a rejection of capitalism or running for office, many Millennials are taking a stand against the system in extremely diverse and powerful ways, such as when organizer and activist Phil Aroneanu and a small group of college students, with the help of their advisor Bill McKibben, formed 350.org, the biggest group working to stop climate change today. Dembicki deftly analyzes and critiques many organizations that claim to be effecting change, including Bernie Sanders's election campaign, and effectively demonstrates that Millennials do care about the future, so much so, that they are willing to fight for it. VERDICT Young and old activists alike will be inspired by this hopeful call for change.—Venessa Hughes, Buffalo, NY Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Vancouver journalist Dembicki uses the life choices of a few millennials to explore his generation's efforts to fight climate change. This focus on individual choices results in an unsatisfying work that doesn't feel representative of the generation as a whole, despite the author's insertion of general survey statistics. Dembicki readily identifies the fossil fuel industry—and its political supporters—as the enemy of life on Earth, so the decision by one of the millennials, the pseudonymous Bradley Johnson, not to work in that industry is hardly radical. Similarly, Peter Janes's choice to live mostly off the grid on a small British Columbian island isn't going to change material conditions for most people. Activists Phil Aroneanu, who aided efforts against Keystone XL, and Chloe Maxmin, a participant in the movement to persuade universities to divest from the fossil fuel industry, come across as stronger leaders. Dembicki powerfully elucidates the contrast between native people fighting against fossil fuel interests, including Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, and the founders of Silicon Valley's "sharing economy" who claim to honor aboriginal lifeways. Noteworthy figures such as Bill McKibben and Bernie Sanders also make appearances. Readers may be skeptical of Dembicki's declaration that "a new vision of the future is taking hold" but he suggests a few ways that readers can make that future a reality. (Aug.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Examines what the Millennial response to climate change looks like and how this generation is shaping the world's future.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From Beijing to Paris, from San Francisco to New York, the author whose work has been cited by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity examines what the Millennial response to climate change looks like and how they are shaping our future.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A declaration of independence, and a call for systemic change, from the generation that will be most impacted by climate change.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.