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A little climate law can be a dangerous thing

One of the important take-home messages in Peter Barnes’ Climate Solutions is that the political action needed for addressing global warming has to be done right, and it has to be done right the first time. That’s not only because time is running has pretty much run out, it’s that the needed policies will be forcing large changes on the economy’s status quo, and politics being what it is, any policies adopted risk being undermined by fair-weather politicians in the future. The first tool in the belt of the underminers is to greenwash government action–have the government adopt policies that look like they’ll do something but in reality won’t do enough. Adding insult to injury, they also threaten to enrich the fossil fuel industries at the expense of everyone else. Instead of fiddling while Rome burns, it’ll be like mailing out Photoshopped images of Congress “fighting the fire” when actually they’re roasting marshmallows with their benefactors in the box seats. Most voters won’t be in a position to know the difference, and so the politicians will get to spit shine their reputations with voters as leaders on the issue and eat their corporate contributions too.

The environmental group Friends of the Earth is on the same page as Barnes. They’ve got a letter-to-Congress campaign going to beat back the first major greenwash effort being led by Senator Corporate Tool Joe Lieberman. “FIX or DITCH the Lieberman-Warner Global Warming Bill.” On your way to picking up a copy of Barnes’ vital new book (which has additional tips on how to make climate policy more resistant to political backsliding), take a moment to click over to FoE and join the fight.


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In Remembrance: Toby Hemenway

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Toby Hemenway, a beloved teacher, author, and permaculturalist. In October of 2015, Toby was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Despite treatment that seemed to be working, the cancer returned this fall, and eventually Toby signed up for home hospice on December 16, 2016. He died […] Read More

Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Happy Holidays from Chelsea Green Publishing!

Today we kick off our Holiday Sale — with 35% off every purchase at our online bookstore. Simply use the code CGS16 at checkout from now until the end of the year. Along with this great discount, we are offering free shipping on any order over $100*. Are there homesteaders or organic gardeners on your […] Read More
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