BCJN Book Group

Welcome to the Bronx Climate Justice North Book Group!

BCJN’s Book Group is many things – a social group, that allows us to know each other better and share hopes and concerns for our world; a reading group that chooses and analyzes some of the most important thinking and writing of our time; and a study group that grapples with the complexities of the climate crisis and the old and new movements rising to change its underlying causes. And BCJN’s Book Group is more – it is a BCJN working group that collectively ponders BCJN policies and actions. The Book Group makes recommendations to BCJN as a whole, to its other working groups (Energy Solutions, Food Justice, Green Vision), and to its steering committee. Please join us for study and analysis that inform our work and to forge closer ties among climate activists in the Bronx.

For information about meeting times and locations, see below, or please email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com.

As with all BCJN meetings and events, our Book Group meetings are open to the public.

Books

August 21, 2017 UPDATE: Next BCJN Book Group Set

On Wednesday, October 11, 7:30-9:30 pm, location tbd, BCJN’s Book Group will meet to discuss No is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein (Haymarket Books, 2017). See Klein’s 9-minute video on the website of The Intercept, “How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine.”

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July 1, 2017 UPDATE: Next BCJN Book Group Details Set!

BCJN’s Book Group will meet next on Monday, July 24, 7:30-9:30 pm, at the home of BCJN member Mary Hemings (please email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com for the address). We’ll be delving into several articles that are available online, on the topics of regenerative farming and urban agriculture as they relate to climate and food justice. All are welcome! Here are the links:

 
2. The new urban farmersNational Geographic, 10/24/16 (see attached photo)
 
 
4. PermacultureMedia videos (please enjoying browsing among these videos and watching any that appeal to you)

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March 17, 2017 UPDATE: Next Book Choice and Date Set!

For our next BCJN Book Group meeting — on Wednesday, May 17, 7:30-9:30 pm, home of BCJN member Mary Hemings (please email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com for address) — we’ll read  This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century, by Mark Engler and Paul Engler (Nation Books, 2016).

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February 8, 2016 UPDATE: Next Book Choice and Date Set!

For our next BCJN Book Group meeting – on Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 pm – we’ll read From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement by Luke Cole and Sheila Foster. For the location of the 3/23 meeting, please email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

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November 17, 2015 UPDATE: Next Book Choice and Date Set!

For the next meeting of the BCJN Book Group – on Friday, January 8, 2016, 7:30 pm – we’ll be reading James Gustave Speth’s The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability. Please pick up a copy from your local library or bookstore as soon as you can! Happy reading. For the location of the 1/8 gathering, please email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

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September 8, 2015 UPDATE: Second Book Group Meeting Set!

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 7, 7-9 pm. For the meeting location, please email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com, thank you.

This will be our second and final discussion of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. We’ll choose our next book at the meeting.

UPDATE: First Book Group Meeting Set!

The first meeting of BCJN’s Book Group is scheduled for Sunday, August 2nd, 3-5 pm. For the meeting location, please email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com, thank you.

The group has decided, by majority vote, to discuss Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, at our first and second meetings.

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The following books have been suggested by BCJN members for consideration by the Book Group. They are listed here in the order in which the suggestions were received. You will find an extensive list of books, articles, and videos on climate change, by subject category, at our Recommended Reading on Climate Change page.

BCJN Book Group List

  1. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein
  2. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  3. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  4. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  5. Don’t Even Think About It by George Marshall
  6. What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming by Per Epsen Stoknes
  7. Collapse by Jared Diamond
  8. The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?  by Joel Kovel
  9. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
  10. Requiem for a Species by Clive Hamilton
  11. The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps by Peter D. Ward
  12. Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction by Gerry Canavan (ed.)
  13. A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency by John Stanley (ed.)
  14. Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich
  15. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  16. Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen
  17. Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic by Margaret Gray
  18. The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources by Michael T. Klare
  19. The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, The Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth
  20. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
  21. The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in our Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher
  22. Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben
  23. The Hidden Wound by Wendell Berry
  24. Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina
  25. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  26. Changes in the Land by William Cronon
  27. Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming by Andreas Malm
  28. From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement by Luke Cole and Sheila Foster
  29. Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier
  30. How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe’s Path, from the Caribbean to Siberia by Stan Cox & Paul Cox

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