Call to Action: Handbook for Ecology, Peace and Justice
By Brad Erickson
A guide to effective activism defines the earth’s compelling environmental and social problems, prescribing steps anyone can take toward peaceful and just solutions
This collection of “radical” analyses includes sections on the atmosphere; ethnic/gender oppression; colonialism; economic justice; natural and urban ecosystems; war; media and education; toxic chemicals/energy; and water. The book has lists of suggested actions, resources (organizations, periodicals, books–one of the most useful parts of the book), and tools, terms, and tactics. Unfortunately, the authors’ “calls to action”–even those diluted by poor logic and evidence–are more useful than most of the proposed actions themselves, which, with several striking exceptions, are bland, too vague, unproductive, or counterproductive. Lack of cross references among chapters, resource lists, and discussions also weakens the book. Despite the book’s flaws, however, its message to act to link environmental protection, justice, and peace is important: buy the book to stimulate thought and activism.
– Branden B. Johnson, Columbia