RESOURCES

Presented here are the core forty sources – twenty in book form, twenty online – referenced in Regional Rides. The selection was made with the project aims in mind, and reflects many years of study and life experience. The online sources are given first, and include the two independent news services I would recommend after many years of use. The books are a selection of important work on relevant matters by ten UK based authors/editors, and ten authors/editors based in the rest of the world. I include a brief comment on their inclusion. All are English language sources.

Non-core material including film, television, and radio will be added on an ongoing basis. Scroll down to the foot of the page to see the full list.

ONLINE SOURCES

UK

  • www.kevinanderson.info Personal website of Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s foremost academic climate change research organisation
  • Green Party of England & Wales Website of the UK political party historically most exercised by environmental breakdown
  • Rewilding Britain Website of charity established in 2015, registered in Scotland, Wales, and England, promoting introduction and expansion of wilderness in British Isles
  • The Campaign for Real Farming Website of the Oxford-based Campaign, founded in 2008, promoting ecologically sound agriculture
  • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament [CND] Website of the long-standing and best known campaigning organisation working for disarmament
  • Resurgence/Ecologist Website of the Resurgence Trust, publisher of Resurgence/Ecologist, the UK’s leading periodical on ecology and society
  • Green New Deal Group Website of the Group formed in 2007, promoting the ‘Green New Deal’ in public policy
  • Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Website of the UK’s internationally renowned climate change research organisation
  • New Economics Foundation Website of the UK’s best known think-tank grappling with global ecology and public policy
  • The Centre for Alternative Technology Website of the famous educational charity and visitor centre, and publisher of Zero Carbon Britain
  • Update Extinction Rebellion Website of the now widespread, UK founded social movement responding to the emergency situation with non-violent direct action including the International Rebellion of April 2019

ROW

  • Democracy Now! Website of – in my view – the world’s finest (non-profit) independent producer of a daily newshour (US based)
  • The Real News Network Website of another fine (non-profit) independent producer of news (US based)
  • 350.org Website of US registered climate movement campaigning organisation founded in 2008 by Bill McKibben and others
  • Earth First! Forty year old climate movement direct action group
  • Alex Steffen Personal website of prominent writer and speaker on our response to potential and actual climate breakdown
  • Next System Project Major initiative of the Democracy Collaborative, a US research institute
  • World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity : A Second Notice Article published in 2017 and signed by 15,354 scientists from 184 countries
  • Laudato Si’ Pope Francis’ second Encyclical published in 2015, telling us to care for ‘our common home’
  • World Social Forum Website of annual meeting of civil society organisations working for ‘another world’
  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Website of the non profit founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists; publisher of the Doomsday Clock
  • Update Fridays For Future One of the websites of the Fridays for Future school strike movement inspired by Greta Thunberg

BOOKS

UK

  • Sayer, A. (2016)Why We Can’t Afford the Rich, Bristol : Policy Press    Sayer is Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University and is one of two authors in this list that I engage In Conversation
  • Lucas, C. (2015) Honourable Friends? London : Portobello Books    Lucas is the UK’s most preeminent Green politician, presently MP for Brighton Pavilion
  • Higgins, P. (2015) Eradicating Ecocide, London  : Shepheard-Walwyn Ltd     Higgins is probably the highest profile legal professional advocating for action on the climate, in the form of legislation against ecocide
  • Ahmed, N. M. (2010) A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization, London : Pluto Press      Ahmed is one of a handful of writers and journalists I have come to respect for their coverage of global affairs
  • Hopkins, R. (2013) The Power of Just Doing Stuff, Cambridge : UIT/Green Books     Hopkins is one of the founders of the Transition movement and has become an important voice in British civil society
  • Simms, A. (2014) Cancel the Apocalypse, London : Abacus     Simms has long written about these matters, working with the New Economics Foundation and Green New Deal Group, amongst others
  • Monbiot, G. (2017) Out of the Wreckage, London : Verso     Monbiot is a Guardian columnist and is perhaps the most high profile British journalist and writer working on the politics of climate breakdown
  • Chamberlin, S. (2009) The Transition Timeline, Totnes : Green Books Ltd     Chamberlin is a longstanding member of the Transition Network
  • Whitelegg, J. (2016) Mobility, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform      Whitelegg is, among other things, Professor of Sustainable Transport at Liverpool John Moores University and Editor of World Transport Policy and Practice. He also features In Conversation
  • Whyte, D. (ed) (2015) How Corrupt is Britain? London : Pluto Press     Whyte is Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Liverpool

ROW

  • Campagna, F. & Campiglio, E. (eds) (2012) What We Are Fighting For, London : Pluto Press    A collection identified with some of the leading voices of the occupy movement
  • Shiva, V. (2016) Earth Democracy, London : Zed Books    Shiva is one of the world’s leading writers and campaigners on food sovereignty and alter-globalisation more generally
  • Verso (ed) (2016) The WikiLeaks Files, London : Verso   The major publication examining the leaked internal communications of the US Department of State, with contributions from country experts
  • Panitch, L. & Gindin, S. (2013) The Making of Global Capitalism, London : Verso     Panitch is Canada Research Chair of Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University, and Editor of the Socialist Register; Gindin was formerly Research Director of the Canadian Auto Workers Union
  • Klein, N. (2014) This Changes Everything, London : Allen Lane     Klein may be the most read journalist and writer working in the alter-globalisation movement
  • Hansen, J. (2009) Storms of my Grandchildren, London : Bloomsbury    Hansen is probably the most famous climate scientist in the US, testifying to Congress about climate change in 1988, and having been arrested on several occasions since; he is now Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute
  • McKibben, B. (2007) Deep Economy, Oxford : Oneworld Publications    A founder of 350.org, McKibben is one of the most prolific and widely read writers on climate change
  • Kolbert, E. (2015) The Sixth Extinction, London : Bloomsbury    Kolbert is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Bello, W. (2013) Capitalism’s Last Stand? London : Zed Books     Bello is Professor of Sociology and Public Administration at the University of the Philippines, a former member of the Philippine Congress, and co-founder of Focus on the Global South
  • Chomsky, N., Barsamian, D. & Naiman, A (2012) How the World Works, London  : Hamish Hamilton    Chomsky is arguably the world’s best known and longest- standing public intellectual

FILM, TELEVISION, RADIO

  • The Age of Stupid (2009) Directed by Franny Armstrong. Oft-cited UK film on the emergency situation, enjoying second wind at the moment with launch of ‘What If?’ (2019) trailer
  • A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2019). Short film promoting Green New Deal along lines of ‘What If?’ produced by The Intercept
  • Climate Change : the Facts (2019) First documentary presented by Sir David Attenborough and aired on the BBC to convey something of the seriousness and urgency of the situation
  • Do the Math (2012) 350.org produced film presented by Bill McKibben
  • Demain (2015) Directed by Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent. French film focused on the sort of constructive responses to the emergency promoted by the Transition movement
  • The Crisis of Civilization (2012) Directed by Dean Puckett and Nafeez Ahmed. Documentary based on the work of independent journalist Nafeez Ahmed
  • A Very British Coup (1988) BAFTA winning three part television drama in which a left wing Labour prime minister and government is confronted by reactionary forces at home and abroad
  • The Coming War on China (2017) Apparently John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV; this is the latest with the focus on geopolitics and militarism past and present
  • Threads (1984) BAFTA winning BBC docudrama, set in Sheffield, in the UK, depicting an imagined thermonuclear war
  • Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States (2012) Stone’s more critical view of the United States’ history, aimed primarily at a US audience
  • Cosmos : a Personal Voyage (1980) The great 13 part series presented by Dr Carl Sagan, including his famous ‘Pale Blue Dot’ speech
  • Dr Strangelove (1964) Directed by Stanley Kubrick. A satire, described on its release, by Daniel Ellsberg, former military analyst and renowned whistleblower, as a ‘documentary’
  • The Ruling Class (1972) Directed by Peter Medak. A second satire with perhaps surprising, and unfortunate relevance in the United Kingdom today
  • The Great Dictator (1940) Directed by Charlie Chaplin. My third satire in this list, Chaplin’s revered portrait of fascism is similarly more relevant than it should be.
  • The Spider’s Web (2017) Directed by Michael Oswald. Probably the single most useful film for understanding present day UK political economy, especially as regards the global finance structure.
  • British Intelligence (1988) Episode of Channel 4’s late night discussion series, After Dark, featuring an ex-Secretary of State, ex-security service operatives, an investigative journalist, and Air Commodore Alistair Mackie