It is now widely recognized that global warming poses an existential
threat to the world as serious as nuclear war. And yet, despite the
urgency, despite UN engagement, governments have not stepped up to
the plate. The world desperately needs a deeply committed leadership
and program of action to deal with climate change. The global public’s
growing presentiment of the horrific impact of global warming has
enormous potential to shift it into “emergency mode.”
In this context, pointing to America’s WWII mobilization to battle the
Fascist threat, Unprecedented Climate Mobilization urges and informs a
full WWII-style climate mobilization, suggesting ways in which the United
States can exercise leadership.
This book shows how the American people have historically risen and
adapted to “long emergencies”, demonstrated in particular by President
Roosevelt’s ability to mobilize Americans a full two years before the
United States declared war on Japan and Germany in December, 1941.
Then, as an example of what is possible, US automakers became a
cornerstone of the war effort; having built three million cars in 1941 they
quickly converted their factories to making tanks and airplanes,
producing only 139 passenger vehicles until the war ended in 1945.
Today, a similar sweeping conversion of America’s outdated energy
system to clean energy could take place, if the political will were there.
Unprecedented Climate Mobilization offers a comprehensive guide to
citizens and governments on the scope of that engagement and how to
generate that will. As in the WWII effort, it advocates that all sectors of
society be engaged: media, business, labor, religious groups,
government—national, state and local, and the public at large. This
handbook suggests constructive leadership strategies for every sector
of civil society, along with networking opportunities and information
resources to help build the climate effort.
This handbook also surveys the arts of civil disobedience and
nonviolent action to assemble the effective tools that civil society will
need—the kinds of tools that won civil rights, brought an end to the
Vietnam War, served in anti-nuclear campaigns—and that have been
updated by more recent movements such as Occupy. Not least, it
suggests ways in which activists can maximize personal influence by
using Twitter, Facebook and other social media—tools now so powerful
that governments and news agencies monitor and carefully analyze their
posts and tweet streams.
No environmental advocacy group should be without this effective guide
to climate action.