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Climate change
is racist


Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice


Icon Books, 2021

Both in its cause and in its effect, climate change reflects racial inequalities. It is disproportionately caused by the majority white citizens of the global North, while the damage it unleashes falls first and foremost on people of color. The climate crisis reflects racial inequalities of the past, and reinforces them into the future.

Rooted in his experiences of environmental activism, a childhood spent in Kenya and Madagascar and adulthood in Britain, Williams explores the need for intersectional activism – a reckoning of where white privilege and climate change overlap – and for each of us to find our place in the global struggle for justice.

In this eye-opening book, the first book to explore these connections for a popular audience, writer and environmental activist Jeremy Williams uses a wide range of sources and voices to tell this story through the people and places most affected on our planet.

The Economics of Arrival

Written with Katherine Trebeck, The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown-up Economy was published by Policy Press in 2019.

The book covers many of the themes of the blog, wrapped around the concept of ‘arrival’. That’s the reality that in the world’s richest countries, decades of economic growth have already achieved what previous generations hoped for. We have arrived, and it’s time for a new challenge – how to make ourselves at home with this prosperity, and make sure that everyone is included.

The Economics of Arrival is written in a more academic style – that’s not to deter you, but just to let you know that it’s different to the conversational tone I use here.

Time to Act

Time to Act: A Resource book from the Christians in Extinction Rebellion was compiled and edited by me and published in 2020 by SPCK.

The book draws together a broad range of activists and thinkers to reflect on Christian traditions of direct action, and its relevance to the climate crisis. There are essays, interviews, poetry and lots of personal stories gathered from the streets of Extinction Rebellion (XR).

Contributors include Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, Ugandan youth activist Vanessa Nakate, veteran XR protestor Phil Kingston, alongside ethicists, environmentalists, a Rabbi, a bishop or two, and lots of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The youngest contributor is 6, the oldest is 87.


Plenty of posts about Arrival and the ideas it contains here, or here’s a summary:

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