Born OTD in 1963, English-Welsh writer known for his environmental & political activism, George Monbiot. In 2000, he published ‘Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain’. The book examines the role of corporate power in the U.K., on both local & national levels, & argues that corporate involvement in politics is a serious threat to democracy. Subjects discussed in the book include the building of the Skye Bridge, corporate involvement in the NHS, the role of business in university research, & the conditions which influence the granting of planning permission.

Feral is the lyrical and gripping story of George Monbiot’s efforts to re-engage with nature and discover a new way … More

Rosa Luxemburg’s writings reveal one of the most brilliant and passionate minds drawn to the revolutionary socialist movement. Through the letters, pamphlets and theorising, we see an outstanding social and economic theorist, a dedicated political activist and a devoted confidant. Providing an extensive overview of her writings, this volume contains a number of items never before anthologised.

Her work was broad in scope tackling capitalism and socialism; globalisation and imperialism; history; war and peace; social struggles, trade … More

From a text message to a war, from a Valentine’s rose to a flight or even having a child, How Bad are Bananas? gives us the carbon answers we need and provides plenty of revelations. By talking through a hundred or so items, Mike Berners-Lee sets out to give us a carbon instinct for the footprint of literally anything we do, buy and think about. He helps us pick our battles by laying out the orders of magnitude.

The book ranges from the everyday (foods, books, plastic bags, bikes, flights, baths…) and the global (deforestation, data centres, rice … More

Next PM Book Club we’ll be discussing Ann Pettifor’s new book, ‘The Case for the Green New Deal’. “The GND has the potential of becoming one of the largest global campaigns of our times, and it started in Ann Pettifor’s flat. In 2008, the first Green New Deal was devised by Pettifor and a group of English economist and thinkers, but was ignored within the tumults of the financial crash. A decade later, the ideas was revived within the democratic socialists in the US, forefront by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.”

The Green New Deal demands a radical and urgent reversal of the current state of the global economy: including total … More

Set against the backdrop of disastrous flooding in the North of England, ‘Rain’ dramatically chronicles the developing relationship between two young women, one of whom is a committed environmental campaigner. Their wild Bronte moorland is being criminally mismanaged. Birds and animals are being slaughtered. Across the country, crops are being systematically poisoned, even the soil itself. Rain centres on one relatively small example of moorland ownership by an elite group that impacts catastrophically on the unlanded majority living in the valley below. But the campaigners know that `a million other valleys need saving’.

They need saving not just for the sake of their human inhabitants, but for the insects and plants, birds and … More

The GND has the potential of becoming one of the largest global campaigns of our times, and it started in Ann Pettifor’s flat. In 2008, the first Green New Deal was devised by Pettifor and a group of English economist and thinkers, but was ignored within the tumults of the financial crash. A decade later, the ideas was revived within the democratic socialists in the US, forefront by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. The Green New Deal demands a radical and urgent reversal of the current state of the global economy: including total de-carbonisation and a commitment to fairness and social justice. Critics on all sides have been quick to observe that the GND is a pipe dream that could never be implemented, and would cost the earth. But, as Ann Pettifor shows, we need to rethink the function of money, and how it works within the global system.

  How can we bail out the banks but not the planet? We have to stop thinking about the imperative … More

Coming soon. Naomi Klein’s ‘On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal’. For more than 20 years Klein’s books have defined our era, chronicling the exploitation of people & the planet & demanding justice. On Fire gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing from the frontline of climate breakdown, & pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but also as a spiritual and imaginative one.

Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge … More

The story of Greta Thunberg, the schoolgirl who inspired a worldwide climate change movement. It’s 20 August 2018, late summer in Stockholm, and it feels incredibly hot in the city. The TV news reports rising temperatures, and there have been numerous fires throughout Sweden. Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg decides she can’t wait any longer: politicians have to do something to save the environment. Instead of returning to school, Greta takes a placard and goes on strike in front of Sweden’s parliament building. Greta’s protest began the Fridays for Future – or School Strike 4 Climate – movement, which millions have now joined around the world.

Greta has spoken at COP24, the UN summit on climate change, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. … More

Are oil-rich countries prone to war? And, if so, why? There is a widely held belief that contemporary wars are motivated by the desire of great powers like the United States or Russia to control precious oil resources and to ensure energy security. This book argues that the main reason why oil-rich countries are prone to war is because of the character of their society and economy. Sectarian groups compete for access to oil resources and finance their military adventures through smuggling oil, kidnapping oil executives, or blowing up pipelines. Outside intervention only makes things worse..

..The use of conventional military force as in Iraq can bring neither stability nor security of supply. This book examines … More

Coming soon. The Green New Deal has the potential of becoming one of the largest global campaigns of our times, and it started in Ann Pettifor’s flat. In 2008, the first GND was devised by Pettifor and a group of English economist & thinkers, but was ignored within the tumults of the financial crash. A decade later, the ideas was revived within the democratic socialists in the US, forefront by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Ann is also adviser to the Labour Party’s Economic Advisory Committee.

The Green New Deal demands a radical and urgent reversal of the current state of the global economy: including total … More