“Humans” are not the problem: Reflections on a “useless” documentary

While “Planet of the Humans” makes a few valid points about over-reliance on techno-fixes in general, and the fundamental flaws of biomass energy in particular, it does a serious disservice to those seeking to bring a more systemic and forward-looking approach into the climate movement.

By Brian Tokar | April 30th, 2020 | Article Archive, Brian Tokar, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Peoples’ Tribunal on Fracking & Climate Change

The historic Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change took place on May 14th – 18th, co-hosted by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.  The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT or Tribunal) is a highly respected international forum that grew from the Russell-Sartre Tribunal to investigate whether …

By ISE | October 14th, 2018 | Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Tokar book tour for “Toward Climate Justice” & “Agriculture and Food in Crisis”

ISE Director Brian Tokar is doing a book tour in support of his recent titles Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change (Communalism Press), and  Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Crisis, and Renewal (co-edited with Fred Magdoff), from Monthly Review Press: March 6. Amherst, Massachusetts @ Food for Thought Books March …

By Brian Tokar | February 24th, 2011 | Climate Justice, Green & Food Politics, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Toward Food Sovereignty in Vermont and Northern New England

– From C. Armiger, P. Palmiotto, J. Estes, eds., Banking on Biodiversity: The ecological and socio-economic dimensions of sustainable agriculture, Keene, NH: Antioch University Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (in press) The previous panelists have offered thoughtful perspectives on how US agricultural policies profoundly alter the lives of people around the world and how …

By Brian Tokar | May 19th, 2009 | Article Archive | 1 Comments |

Toward a Movement for Peace and Climate Justice

– For In the Middle of a Whirlwind/Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Summer 2008 (inthemiddleofawhirlwind.info) Complaining about the weather is about as American as apple pie, sitcoms and rock and roll. But while the rest of the world has been noticing for years that our increasingly unstable weather is an initial sign of potentially devastating …

By Brian Tokar | June 1st, 2008 | Article Archive | 0 Comments |

On Bookchin’s Social Ecology and its Contributions to Social Movements

– For Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, March 2008 Murray Bookchin was a leading theoretical progenitor of the many currents of left ecological thought and action that emerged from the 1960s, and his voluminous and many-faceted work has continued to influence theorists and activists to this day. Marcel van der Linden of the International Institute of Social …

By Brian Tokar | March 1st, 2008 | Article Archive | 2 Comments |

Global Warming and the Struggle for Justice

– For Z Magazine, January 2008 If 2006 was the year that the “inconvenient truth” of global climate disruption made its way into the popular consciousness—and sparked a huge new wave of green products and corporate greenwashing—then hopefully the results of 2007’s revelations about the earth’s rapidly changing climate will prove more substantive and long-lasting. …

By Brian Tokar | January 1st, 2008 | Article Archive | 1 Comments |

Can we buy our way to an ethical society?

– For World Magazine X (Norway) Today we live in the most narrowly market-driven society the world has ever seen. Social movements in many countries are at a low ebb, and people’s lives are utterly shaped by the norms of the commercial marketplace. This is especially true in North America, but its effects are increasingly …

By Brian Tokar | June 1st, 2006 | Article Archive | 0 Comments |

The Greens as a Social Movement: Values and Conflicts

– For Green Parties: Reflections on the First Three Decades, edited by Frank Zelko and Carolin Brinkmann, Heinrich Böll Foundation of North America, 2006. In the America of the mid 1980s, the dreams of a more just and ecological society that had flourished during the 1960s and seventies seemed in danger of disappearing into the …

By Brian Tokar | January 1st, 2006 | Article Archive | 2 Comments |

Agribusiness, Biotechnology and War

This article originally appeared in Z Magazine, September 2002. Virtually all of the new, technology-based industries of the past century have been products of wartime. World War I ushered in the widespread use of mechanization and the beginnings of aviation. World War II brought us nuclear power, modern rocketry and cybernetics. The corporate giants of …

By Brian Tokar | September 1st, 2002 | Article Archive | 1 Comments |