Half-Earth Socialism

Half-Earth Socialism A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change and Pandemics

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Publisher's Synopsis

Over the next generation, humanity will confront a dystopian future of climate disaster and mass extinction. Yet the only "solutions" on offer are toothless cap-and-trade programs, catastrophic geoengineering schemes, and privatized conservation, which will do nothing to reverse the damage suffered by the biosphere. Indeed, these mainstream approaches assume that consumption in the Global North can continue unabated. It can't.

What we can do, environmental scholars Troy Vettese and Drew Pendergrass argue, is strive for a society able to provide a comfortable standard of living while stabilizing the environment: half-earth socialism. This means:
- Rewilding half the Earth to absorb carbon emissions and restore biodiversity.
- A rapid transition to renewable energy, paired with drastic cuts in consumption by the world's wealthiest.
- Global veganism to cut down on energy and land use.
- Worldwide socialist planning to efficiently and equitably manage production.
- The involvement of everyone - even you!

As this thrilling and provocative book makes clear, we must humbly accept that we cannot fully understand or control the Earth - but we can control our economic system, and we can regulate energy and land use for the common good.

About the Publisher



Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing one hundred books a year.

Book information

ISBN: 9781839760310
Publisher: Verso US
Imprint: Verso
Pub date:
DEWEY: 335
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6320
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 332g
Height: 148mm
Width: 217mm
Spine width: 22mm