Dana Fisher in conversation with Katharine Wilkinson- Saving Ourselves

Dana Fisher in conversation with Katharine Wilkinson- Saving Ourselves

Thursday, Mar 21, 2024 7:00 PM

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

"Few questions could be more important than how to quickly build an effective resistance to the fossil fuel industry; this volume offers some vital clues and insights, and will be a help to many activists!" - Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature"

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and A Cappella Books welcome author and director of the Center for Environment, Community, and Equity, Dana Fisher, to discuss her essential book, "Saving Ourselves: From Climate Shocks to Climate Action."

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue.

About the Book

We've known for decades that climate change is an existential crisis. For just as long, we've seen the complete failure of our institutions to rise to the challenge. Governments have struggled to meet even modest goals. Fossil fuel interests maintain a stranglehold on political and economic power. Even though we have seen growing concern from everyday people, civil society has succeeded only in pressuring decision-makers to adopt watered-down policies. All the while, the climate crisis worsens. Is there any hope of achieving the systemic change we need?

Dana R. Fisher argues that there is a realistic path forward for climate action—but only through mass mobilization that responds to the growing severity and frequency of disastrous events. She assesses the current state of affairs and shows why public policy and private-sector efforts have been ineffective. Spurred by this lack of progress, climate activism has become increasingly confrontational. Fisher examines the radical flank of the climate movement: its emergence and growth, its use of direct action, and how it might evolve as the climate crisis worsens. She considers when and how activism is most successful, identifying the importance of creating community, capitalizing on shocking moments, and cultivating resilience. Clear-eyed yet optimistic, Saving Ourselves offers timely insights on how social movements can take power back from deeply entrenched interests and open windows of opportunity for transformative climate action.

About the Author

Dana R. Fisher is the director of the Center for Environment, Community, and Equity and a professor in the School of International Service at American University. Her books include "Activism Inc.: How the Outsourcing of Grassroots Campaigns Is Strangling Progressive Politics in America" (2006) and "American Resistance: From the Women's March to the Blue Wave" (Columbia, 2019).

About the Conversation Partner

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is a bestselling author, strategist, and teacher, working to heal the planet we call home. Time magazine featured her as one of 15 "women who will save the world."

Wilkinson leads The All We Can Save Project, a nonprofit she co-founded with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Her books on climate include the bestselling anthology "All We Can Save" (2020, co-editor), "The Drawdown Review" (2020, editor-in-chief and lead writer), the New York Times bestseller "Drawdown" (2017, lead writer), and "Between God & Green" (2012), which The Boston Globe dubbed "a vitally important, even subversive, story." She co-hosts the top 1% podcast "A Matter of Degrees," telling stories for the climate curious with Dr. Leah Stokes.