Climate Crisis: Time for a New Society


Climate Crisis: Time for a New Society is a new podcast where writers and activists discuss radical ideas to move beyond the doom of climate breakdown. A collaboration between the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels and Verso Books. 

Episode 1: Climate justice: from narrative to action - with Dalia Gebrial, Mathew Lawrence and Harpreet Kaur Paul

How can the left build power in times of crisis? Our first episode was recorded by the beach in Brighton at The World Transformed festival and hosted by writer and journalist Dalia Gebrial. Dalia is joined by Mathew Lawrence, co-author of Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown, and Harpreet Kaur Paul, human rights lawyer and co-founder of Tipping Point UK.

VersoBooks · Climate justice: from narrative to action - w/ Dalia Gebrial, Mathew Lawrence and Harpreet Kaur Paul

Episode 2: Underneath COP26, The Beach! with Andreas Malm, Kate Aronoff & Sabrina Fernandes

What could direct action look like in the context of COP26? Our second episode was recorded in Glasgow at COP26, hosted by Kate Aronoff, staff writer at The New Republic, author of Overheated and co-author of A Planet To Win: Why We Need A Green New Deal. Kate is joined by Andreas Malm, author of How to Blow Up a Pipeline and White Skin, Black Fuel with the Zetkin Collective, and Sabrina Fernandes, Brazilian eco-socialist organiser, communicator and fellow at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

VersoBooks · Underneath COP26, The Beach! w/ Andreas Malm, Kate Aronoff & Sabrina Fernandes

Episode 3: Owning the Transition, with David McDermott Hughes, Mika Minio and Thea Riofrancos

The global transition towards renewable energy cannot be summarized by the switch from one energy source to another. Who owns these resources, who builds and controls renewable energy infrastructures and ultimately who will access and benefit from them, are key questions to address if we want to understand what is at stake when we speak about the energy transition. In our third episode David Hughes, Mika Minio and Thea Riofrancos focus on the question of wind and how this endless resource can be appropriated to generate a socially profitable energy transformation.

VersoBooks · Owning the Transition: David Hughes, Mika Minio-Paluello & Thea Riofrancos

Further reading:

COP26: a radical climate reading list. 10 books to help us radically fight in a world on fire.

Radical Futures: books to help us re-imagine new futures.

Theorizing the Climate Crisis: a reading list around how different theories of the climate crisis shape our understanding of what must be done.