December 7, 2021
Book launch: Who Owns the Wind?
December 7, 2021
5.00pm - 6.00pm
Why the wind, and energy it produces, should not be private property.

Join David Hughes for the launch of his new book on wind power in Spain - Who Owns the Wind?: Climate Crisis and the Hope of Renewable Energy

The energy transition has begun. To succeed—to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar power—that process must be fair. Otherwise, mounting popular protest against wind farms will prolong carbon pollution and deepen the climate crisis. David McDermott Hughes examines that anti-industrial, anti-corporate resistance, drawing on his time spent conducting field research in a Spanish village surrounded by wind turbines. In the lives of a community freighted with centuries of exploitation—people whom the author comes to know intimately—clean power and social justice fit together only awkwardly. A green economy will require greater efforts to get ordinary people such as these on board. Aesthetics, livelihood, property, and, most essentially, the private nature of wind resources—all these topics must be examined with fresh eyes.

As a scholar-activist, Hughes has served as president and chief negotiator of the AAUP-AFT, the faculty labour union.  He is currently the union's climate justice chair and a member of the Climate Justice Task Force of the American Federation of Teachers.

Hosted by Brunel University, Sustainability Politics Research Seminars

Join the event here: https://bruneluniversity.zoom.us/j/92182764218

Meeting ID: 921 8276 4218 Passcode: 9119223930