Jeremy Brecher

Historian Jeremy Brecher is the author the just released book, Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival (Paradigm, 2015), and co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability. His previous books include: Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action; Strike!, Globalization from Below; and, co-edited with Brendan Smith and Jill Cutler, In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond (Metropolitan/Holt). 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 8:30am
Making the Promises Real: Labor and the Paris Climate Agreement
As nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris approved the UN Climate Change Agreement, the AFL-CIO issued a statement that broke new ground on climate. While the AFL-CIO opposed the Kyoto climate agreement and never supported the failed Copenhagen agreement, it “applauded the Paris climate change...
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Monday, January 11, 2016 - 11:45am
Climate Insurgency After Paris
In December of 2015 – the earth’s hottest year since recordkeeping began -- 195 nations met in Paris to forge an agreement to combat global warming. The governments of the world acknowledged their individual and collective duty to protect the earth’s climate -- and then willfully refused to perform...
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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 9:00am
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan: How Unions and Allies Can Protect Affected Workers
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just issued the final text of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation whose purpose is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) that climate scientists say are causing global warming. EPA and independent studies indicate that the CPP will create...
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Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 4:15pm
Building People Power Before the Paris Climate Summit
Since international climate negotiations began a quarter of a century ago, annual greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 60 percent. As we approach yet another climate summit this November in Paris, the question for the climate protection movement is not just, can some kind of agreement be...
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Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 7:45am
Climate Activist Argues Resistance Is Necessary to Protect the Public Trust
On October 23, Alec Johnson, a.k.a. “Climate Hawk,” is scheduled to go on trial for having locked himself to a construction excavator in Tushka, Okla., on Earth Day 2013, as part of the Tar Sands Blockade campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. He intends to argue that resisting the pipeline was...
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Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 9:00am
If Not Now, When? A Labor Movement Plan to Address Climate Change
We are on a climate change path that, unless radically altered, will lead to an unsustainable global warming of seven degrees Fahrenheit or greater. We also face the most serious employment crisis since the Great Depression, with wages that have stagnated for four decades and economic inequality...
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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 8:00am
Where Should the Divestors Invest?
The stunning success of the fossil fuel divestment movement has caught many of us off-guard. Almost daily, new universities and foundations are committing to redirecting their endowments from companies that are destroying the planet into ones that are not. Now, on the heels of their successful...
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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 2:45pm
The Working-Class Mini-Revolts of the Twenty-First Century
Forty years ago I published a study of peak periods of American labor conflict - what I dubbed periods of “mass strike” — called Strike! As I have updated the book for the fortieth anniversary edition, I have had the opportunity to review the strikes and labor struggles of the last fifteen years in...
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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 8:47am
Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change
On Mother’s Day, 2011 a legal campaign was launched in fifty states and in Federal court arguing that global warming violated the rights of the plaintiffs — young people and their posterity.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 7:16am
A Second Ecological Revolution?
The summer of 1988 was long and hot. One scorching day I casually said to a deliveryman, “Awfully hot.” He responded, “I talk with old-timers who can’t remember anything like it in 60, 70 years.” He continued, “It’s probably this ‘greenhouse effect.’ If you ask me, it’s a warning.
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