On this Constitution Day —a day dedicated to celebrating and reflecting on our defining legal document—it should be noted that between 1970 and 2015 there were eight attempts to amend the Constitution to include language guaranteeing citizens the right to a “decent” or “clean” environment, according to The National Archives amendments database. Though none made much progress, the latest Congressional attempt at building laws around environmental concerns, particularly climate change, has been called The Green New Deal.
Join renowned author Naomi Klein at the Great Hall for a free, public discussion of her latest book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, which gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing about the climate crisis. With reports spanning from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis. For this program, Klein will be joined by Varshini Prakash, the Executive Director and co-founder of Sunrise. Strand Book Store will sell books at the event and Naomi Klein will sign copies following the discussion.
The event is free and open to the public. General public should reserve a space at http://bit.ly/cunklein. Please note seating is on a first come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house.
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine, No Logo, This Changes Everything, and No Is Not Enough. A Senior Correspondent for The Intercept and contributor for both The Nation and The Guardian, Klein is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. She is co-founder of the climate justice organization The Leap. With artist Molly Crabapple, she conceived and produced the short film “A Message From the Future”, which has been viewed nine million times. Varshini Prakash is the Executive Director and co-founder of Sunrise, a movement of young people working to stop climate change, take back our democracy from Big Oil, and elect leaders who will fight for our generation's health and wellbeing. As an undergrad at the University of Massachusetts, she took on the fossil fuel industry by pushing her university to stop investing in coal, oil, and gas. She lead the campaign to victory after a 2-week long escalation involving thousands of students, alumni, and faculty. Varshini's work has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, TeenVogue, BBC, The Washington Post, and more.
This event is part of the Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change program of Climate Week NYC.