Dana R. Fisher, author of Saving Ourselves, in conversation with Nathaniel Stinnett

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Dana R. Fisher for her book Saving Ourselves: From Climate Shocks to Climate Action! Nathaniel Stinnett will join Fisher in conversation. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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ABOUT SAVING OURSELVES

We've known for decades that climate change is an existential crisis. For just as long, we've seen the complete failure of our institutions to rise to the challenge. Governments have struggled to meet even modest goals. Fossil fuel interests maintain a stranglehold on political and economic power. Even though we have seen growing concern from everyday people, civil society has succeeded only in pressuring decision makers to adopt watered-down policies. All the while, the climate crisis worsens. Is there any hope of achieving the systemic change we need?

Dana R. Fisher argues that there is a realistic path forward for climate action--but only through mass mobilization that responds to the growing severity and frequency of disastrous events. She assesses the current state of affairs and shows why public policy and private-sector efforts have been ineffective. Spurred by this lack of progress, climate activism has become increasingly confrontational. Fisher examines the radical flank of the climate movement: its emergence and growth, its use of direct action, and how it might evolve as the climate crisis worsens. She considers when and how activism is most successful, identifying the importance of creating community, capitalizing on shocking moments, and cultivating resilience. Clear-eyed yet optimistic, Saving Ourselves offers timely insights on how social movements can take power back from deeply entrenched interests and open windows of opportunity for transformative climate action.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dana R. Fisher is the Director of the Center for Environment, Community, and Equity and a Professor in the School of International Service at American University. Her research focuses on questions related to democracy, civic engagement, activism, and climate politics. Professor Fisher has authored over seventy-five research papers and book chapters and has written six books. Her seventh book, Saving Ourselves: from Climate Shocks to Climate Action, will be published by Columbia University Press in early 2024. Her media appearances include ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS Newshour, and various programs on NPR, BBC, and CBC. Her words have appeared in the popular media, including in the Washington Post, Slate, TIME Magazine, Politico, the Nation, and the American Prospect. Fisher holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science degree from the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her undergraduate degree is in East Asian Studies and Environmental Studies from Princeton University.

Nathaniel Stinnett founded the Environmental Voter Project in 2015 after over a decade of experience as a senior advisor, consultant, and trainer for political campaigns and issue-advocacy nonprofits. Hailed as a "visionary" by The New York Times, and dubbed "The Voting Guru" by Grist magazine, Stinnett is a frequent expert speaker on cutting-edge campaign techniques and the behavioral science behind getting people to vote. He has held a variety of senior leadership and campaign manager positions on U.S. Senate, Congressional, state, and mayoral campaigns, and he sits on the Board of Advisors for MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Formerly an attorney at the international law firm DLA Piper LLP, Stinnett holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two children.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780231209304
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Published: Columbia University Press - February 13th, 2024

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