Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm
401 Warren Hall, 401 137 Reservoir Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853-7801
A talk by author Todd Miller on his new book from City Lights Press
"Nothing will test human institutions like climate change in this century––as this book makes crystal clear, people on the move from rising waters, spreading deserts, and endless storms could profoundly destabilize our civilizations unless we seize the chance to reimagine our relationships to each other. This is no drill, but it is a test, and it will be graded pass-fail"––Bill McKibben, author Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
As global warming accelerates, droughts last longer, floods rise higher, and super-storms become more frequent. With increasing numbers of people on the move as a result, the business of containing them––border fortification––is booming.
In Storming the Wall, Todd Miller travels around the world to connect the dots between climate-ravaged communities, the corporations cashing in on border militarization, and emerging movements for environmental justice and sustainability. Reporting from the flashpoints of climate clashes, and from likely sites of futures battles, Miller chronicles a growing system of militarized divisions between the rich and the poor, the environmentally secure and the environmentally exposed. Stories of crisis, greed and violence are juxtaposed with powerful examples of solidarity and hope in this urgent and timely message from the frontlines of the post-Paris Agreement era.
For the past 15 years, Miller has researched, written about, and worked on immigration and border issues from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico divide for organizations such as BorderLinks, Witness for Peace, and NACLA. He is the author of Border Patrol Nation (2014), and his writings about the border have appeared in the New York Times, Mother Jones, The Nation, TomDispatch, Al Jazeera English and Salon, among other places.