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While ecologists and environmentalists view the melting of the polar ice caps as a dire and threatening effect of climate change, many business and political leaders see emerging opportunity, as a result of newly accessible oil and gas fields. As the contributors to The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World reveal, the ongoing environmental transitions raise a host of complicated questions about global assets and resources as well as dangerous opportunism.

The Secure and the Dispossessed... gathers together essays by high-profile journalists, academics, and activists, including Christian Parenti, Nafeez Ahmed, and policy analyst Oscar Reyes. They offer a close and critical guide to questions about climate change, showing how they converge with questions about international security and global economic power, as new natural resources become available. This book is an essential guide to the key environmental and political debates which will shape future policies and elections: how managing the world’s supply of oil and gas can be squared with the environmental impact of our continued reliance on those very same fossil fuels.

The authors narrate how the global elite is happy to systematically starve to death 100,000 people each day and send a billion to bed hungry. As this deadly effort to dispossess the many to secure a future for the few plays out, control of the world’s food supply concentrates dangerously in the hands of ever fewer corporations at the expense of small farmers and consumers.

And yet, despite everything that is done to destroy the bonds of human solidarity in our world, many people still act selflessly as the people of Occupy Sandy did after Hurricane Sandy hit New York and the government and people of Cuba did after surviving the same hurricane. In addition to this simple example, however, the book offers many instances of people responding powerfully to the state of our world.

The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations Are Shaping a Climate-Changed World| Edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes | Distributed for Pluto Press | 2015 | 248 pages

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