Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Denise Fairchild, Al Weinrub
    Pages 1-19
  3. Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan
    Pages 37-56
  4. Strela Cervas, Anthony Giancatarino
    Pages 57-75
  5. Derrick Johnson, Ashura Lewis
    Pages 93-112
  6. Al Weinrub
    Pages 139-171
  7. Lynn Benander, Diego Angarita Horowitz, Isaac Baker
    Pages 195-217
  8. Anya Schoolman, Ben Delman
    Pages 219-238
  9. Denise Fairchild
    Pages 239-249
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 251-273

About this book


A global energy war is underway. It is man versus nature, fossil fuel versus clean energy, the haves versus the have-nots, and, fundamentally, an extractive economy versus a regenerative economy. The near-unanimous consensus among climate scientists is that the massive burning of gas, oil, and coal is having a cataclysmic impact on our atmosphere and climate, and depleting earth’s natural resources, including its land, food, fresh water and biodiversity. 
These climate and environmental impacts are particularly magnified and debilitating for low-income communities and communities of color that live closest to toxic sites, are disproportionately impacted by high incidences of asthma, cancer and rates of morbidity and mortality, and lack the financial resources to build resilience to climate change.  
Energy democracy tenders a response and joins the environmental and climate movements with broader movements for social and economic change. Energy democracy is a way to frame the international struggle of working people, low income communities, and communities of color to take control of energy resources from the energy establishment and use those resources to empower their communities—literally providing energy, economically, and politically. Energy democracy is more important than ever as climate and social justice advocates confront a shocking political reality in the U.S.

This volume brings together racial, cultural, and generational perspectives. This diversity is bound together by a common operating frame: that the global fight to save the planet—to conserve and restore our natural resources to be life-sustaining—must fully engage community residents and must change the larger economy to be sustainable, democratic, and just. The contributors offer their perspectives and approaches to climate and clean energy from rural Mississippi, to the South Bronx, to Californian immigrant and refugee communities, to urban and semi-rural communities in the Northeast. Taken together, the contributions in this book show what an alternative, democratized energy future can look like, and will inspire others to take up the struggle to build the energy democracy movement.


environmental and climate movements social and economic change alternative, democratized energy energy democracy movement climate and environmental impacts

Editors and affiliations

  • Denise Fairchild
    • 1
  • Al Weinrub
    • 2
  1. 1.Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC)WashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA)OaklandUSA

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