When it comes to looking at radical socio-economic alternatives, most literature is separated from that of climate change. Yet it remains the case that we are facing the greatest challenge in human history, with insufficient action being taken by governments to solve it. The problem, of course, is very much linked to the underlying socio-economic model itself - that of extractive and exploitative capitalism.
The onus now is falling on people and communities to prepare and adapt to climate change, whilst in the process moving towards different structures. That includes money. I was pleased to come across a book that sets out these possibilities, with a focus on climate change: 'Climate Adaptation: Accounts of Resilience, Self-Sufficiency and Systems Change'. A resource to educate ourselves as to the nature of the problem, draw insights from those who have already had to respond to it, and consider how our own community can prepare for the future.
A link to this resource and the wider project it is part of can be found here
Here is what one review says:-
‘What lies beyond COP26? For sure, more failed commitments around ‘reduced emissions’. And, year by year, the impacts of climate change worsen. Those on the ground are just expected to hope for the best, even as their lives and homes are threatened; all being cajoled to follow the same broken model of endless GDP growth. It is high time for that to be challenged, and ‘Climate Adaptation’ is one of the rare books that does so.’ – Marianne Smith, ‘Extinction Rebellion’
If anyone knows of other publications like this, please let me know!