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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, July 2019

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Climate & Capitalism can’t review every book we receive, but this column lists and links to those that seem relevant to our mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles described here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

Daniel Pauly
Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global Fisheries

Greystone Books, 2019
Award-winning biologist Daniel Pauly examines the parlous state of today’s global fisheries. Starting with the rapid expansion that followed World War II, he traces the arc of the fishing industry’s ensuing demise, offering insights into how and why it has failed, His practical recommendations for a way forward incorporate a vision of a vibrant future where small-scale fisheries can supply the majority of the world’s fish.

John P. Clark
From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community

PM Press, 2019
Anarchist philosopher John Clark criticizes both right and left approaches to the global crisis, arguing that a large-scale social and ecological regeneration must be rooted in communities of liberation and solidarity, fostering personal and group transformation so that a culture of awakening and care can emerge.

Internationalist Commune of Rojava
Building an Ecological Society

Dog Section Press, 2018
“The connections between the market economy, exploitation, destruction of nature, war and migration show what the result is when centralist and hierarchical systems try to subjugate nature. A solution that ignores these relationships, a solution within the existing system, is not possible.” Kurdish freedom fighters offer their views on how to build an ecological society.

Merrilyn Walton, Editor
Sydney University Press, 2019
A multidisciplinary reflection on the state of our planet, human and animal health, as well as the critical effects of climate change on the environment and livelihoods of people. Going beyond the narrow disciplinary lens and an exclusive focus on human health, a planetary health approach puts the ecosystem at the centre.

Gareth Bryant
Cambridge University Press, 2019
Carbon trading schemes were supposed to slash emissions, but every one has failed. Bryant discusses what went wrong with the marketization of climate change, and points towards more targeted and democratic policies to combat climate change.

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