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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As with all BCJN meetings and events, our Book Group meetings are open to the public.
February 5, 2018 UPDATE: Next BCJN Book Group Set
On Wednesday, February 28, 8-10 pm, BCJN’s Book Group will meet to discuss Hegemony How-To: A Road Map for Radicals by Jonathan Matthew Smucker. For location, please email email@example.com. All welcome, feel free to bring a snack (veg. or vegan only, please)
“Smucker brings hard-won wisdom, theoretical heft, and a welcoming style to this book, helping us think through the most important question of our time: how do we build enough collective power to not only demand a better world, but actually create one?” —Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
“As the world faces the horrors of a Trump presidency, many good people are asking, ‘What can I do?’ Jonathan Smucker’s book provides an urgent field manual for answering that question. Drawing on twenty years of grassroots organizing experience, Smucker has written a modern version of Saul Alinsky’s classic, Rules for Radicals. By bypassing the vapid debate over who to vote for in a system that offers only two choices, Smucker focuses on the need for a dedicated commitment to social change that begins in each of our own backyards. He deftly weaves together ideas for tactical organizing with personal stories of their real life application. We live in a time of endless wars and a government rigged to serve only the few — fueled by both Democrats and Republicans. Smucker challenges us to think big and to carefully embrace a form of collectivism that, if taken seriously, could well change the world.” —Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestsellers Blackwater and Dirty Wars
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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 email@example.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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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.
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
- This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
- Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
- Don’t Even Think About It by George Marshall
- What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming by Per Epsen Stoknes
- Collapse by Jared Diamond
- The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? by Joel Kovel
- Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
- Requiem for a Species by Clive Hamilton
- The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps by Peter D. Ward
- Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction by Gerry Canavan (ed.)
- A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency by John Stanley (ed.)
- Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
- Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen
- Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic by Margaret Gray
- The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources by Michael T. Klare
- The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, The Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth
- Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
- The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in our Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher
- Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben
- The Hidden Wound by Wendell Berry
- Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Changes in the Land by William Cronon
- Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming by Andreas Malm
- From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement by Luke Cole and Sheila Foster
- Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier
- How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe’s Path, from the Caribbean to Siberia by Stan Cox & Paul Cox