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The Virus, The Climate, The Alternative: Ecosocialist Solutions to Capitalist Crises

Thursday, October 29, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Event Type:
Haymarket Books
Location Details:
Online event

Join leading ecosocialist authors and activists Andreas Malm and Thea Riofrancos
for a discussion of how to stop the climate crisis.

Date and Time: Thu, October 29, 2020 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT


From annual ‘once a centuries’ fires, to ‘storms to end all storms’ making landfall every hurricane season, the signs that capitalist climate change represents a civilizational threat have never been more ominously evident. It has become impossible to ignore the dire need to move beyond green tinkering to an overhaul of the entire system, lest we be left with a charred and blasted husk where once there was a planet. As the global fever rages, we are faced with the choice of "Ecosocialism or Barbecue."

In his new book, "Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency", leading environmental thinker, Andreas Malm points to the state mobilizations across the globe to combat the coronavirus as an example of the scale of intervention that will be required to execute the just-transition we need.

If it is possible to conjure trillions of dollars to combat an invisible, epidemiological threat, why is the climate emergency not greeted with similar sized programs?

Malm will be joined for this virtual teach-in by fellow activist and author Thea Riofrancos—whose new book "Resource Radicals" looks at lessons for our movement from the experience in Ecuador— for a conversation that will touch on this question and many more.

***Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the video conference on the day of the event. This event will have live captions and also will be recorded. ****


Andreas Malm
Andreas Malm is a scholar of human ecology, and the author of Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency, The Progress of this Storm and Fossil Capital, which won the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize.

Thea Riofrancosis
Thea Riofrancosis an assistant professor of political science at Providence College, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2020-2022), and a Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2020-2021). Her research focuses on resource extraction, renewable energy, climate change, green technology, social movements, and the left in Latin America. These themes are explored in her book, Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador (Duke University Press, 2020) and her co-authored book, A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Verso Books, 2019). She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and serves on the steering committee of the organization's Ecosocialist Working Group.
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