Join the Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center in welcoming Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese, authors of Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change and Pandemics, for a wide-ranging conversation on some utopian ideas to confront climate catastrophe and build a sustainable world. Half-Earth Socialism challenges the inertia of capitalism and the left alike and proposes a radical plan to address climate disaster and guarantee the good life for all. In a conversation moderated by Alyssa Battistoni, Vettese and Pendergrass offer us a visionary way forward—and our only hope for a future.
This plan, which they call Half-Earth Socialism, means we must:
• rewild half the Earth to absorb carbon emissions and restore biodiversity
• pursue a rapid transition to renewable energy, paired with drastic cuts in consumption by the world’s wealthiest populations
• enact global veganism to cut down on energy and land use
• inaugurate worldwide socialist planning to efficiently and equitably manage production
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Drew Pendergrass is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at Harvard University. His current research uses satellite, aircraft and surface observations of the environment to correct supercomputer models of the atmosphere. His environmental writing has been published in Harper’s, the Guardian, Jacobin, and Current Affairs.
Troy Vettese is an environmental historian and a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute, where he is affiliated with the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. He studies the history of environmental economics, energy, and animal life under capitalism. His writing has appeared in Bookforum, New Left Review, The Guardian, n+1 and many more publications.
Alyssa Battistoni, is a political theorist and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College. She is co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal, and writes for the Nation, Dissent, n+1, Boston Review, and Jacobin.
This is an in-person, outdoor event and registration is required.
Books will be available for purchase at the event.