The Violence of Climate Change: Lessons of Resistance from Nonviolent Activists


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Georgetown University Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Kevin J. O'Brien is dean of humanities and associate professor of Christian ethics at Pacific Lutheran University. He is the author of The Ethics of Biodiversity, coeditor of Grounding Religion, and coauthor of An Introduction to Christian Environmentalism. He holds a PhD from Emory University.


A creative, timely, and helpful contribution to the canon of Christian environmentalist literature. . . . The book is an excellent resource for scholars and particularly for climate activists facing the discouragement common in their work.

--Reading Religion

O'Brien points to the practical examples of activism and nonviolent peacemaking

--Yale Climate Connection

A powerful addition to the developing study of evironmental and social justice.


An engaging work . . . In its essence, this book is a call to resist. To resist the structural violence that O'Brien identifies climate change to be.

--Environmental Values

O'Brien is at his strongest when he attends to the idiosyncrasies of his witnesses and their distinctive contributions to thinking about climate change. He is thoughtful and constrained, presenting clear connections and lessons for the reader.

--Christian Century

Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, Jane Addams, and John Woolman are five of the most important people our planet has produced, and it's remarkably good to see their witness brought to bear on the greatest problem our planet has ever faced.

--Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Essential reading for the climate justice movement, this book is for anyone wondering how the ideas and tactics of iconic figures of previous movements can shape action in the weird world of climate change.

--Willis Jenkins, University of Virginia

The Violence of Climate Change provides a thoughtful response to a profound set of moral challenges and breathes new hope into those daunted by our new climate reality. There is something for everyone here: insightful analysis, engaging storytelling, and examples of creative resistance. However you are working to address climate change, this book is food for the journey.

--LeeAnne Beres, Executive Director, Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light, Earth Ministry