Brian Tokar

Brian Tokar is the director of the Institute for Social Ecology, a lecturer in environmental studies at the University of Vermont, and a board member of 350 Vermont, an autonomous statewide organization. His most recent book is Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change (Revised edition 2014, New Compass Press).

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We need to strengthen forms of coordination that emerge from the municipal context to support a growing network for change in synchrony with a global resurgence of solidarity, democracy, and justice. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Think Globally, Act Locally?
The following piece was originally published by the Great Transition Initiative , part of an online forum by the group focused on the potential for transformative local action. Dynamic, people-powered progressive grassroots movements are on the rise in many parts of the world. Some confront...
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Thursday, December 31, 2015
The Paris Climate Agreement: Hope or Hype?
It has become a predictable pattern at the annual UN climate conferences for participants to describe the outcome in widely divergent ways. This was first apparent after the high-profile Copenhagen conference in 2009, when a four-page non-agreement was praised by diplomats, but denounced by well-...
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Is the Paris Climate Conference Designed to Fail?
From the end of this month through early December, much of the world’s attention will be focused on Paris, the site of the upcoming round of UN climate negotiations. This is the twenty-first time diplomats and heads of state will gather under the umbrella of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate...
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As we celebrate, or contemplate Earth Day, we should remember the 'central element of what has made environmentalism such a compelling counter-hegemonic worldview ever since the 1970s: The promise that reorienting societies toward a renewed harmony with nature can help spur a revolutionary transformation of our world.' News
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Reclaiming Earth Day: With Climate Chaos on the Horizon, the Environmental Movement Needs Traction
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day April 22, many seasoned environmentalists are left wondering how, in recent decades, so little has actually been accomplished. While environmental awareness has seeped into mainstream U.S. society since the 1970s — the era when 20 million people hit the streets...
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