Dembicki, Geoff. “Are We Screwed?: How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change”, Bloomsbury USA , 2017
A Roadmap for Radical Resistance
Geoff Dembicki in “Are We Screwed?” tells us that we, the millennial generation, might not only experience “the doomsday impacts of climate change” but that “we will be most screwed” by it.
We are also the last generation that is able to do something about the changes that will come. Dembicki went to Silicon Valley, Canada’s tar sands, Washington, DC, Wall Street and the Paris climate talks to find out if he should have hope or despair and what he learned surprised him. There are millions of people his age who want to radically change the world, and they are at the forefront of resistance to the politicians and CEOs who are steering our planet towards disaster.
This is a firsthand account of this movement, and the shift in generational values behind it, through the stories of young people fighting for their survival. It begins with a student who abandons society to live in the rainforest and ends with a Muslim feminist inciting a political revolution. We also meet a Brooklyn artist who is terrifying the oil industry, a Norwegian scientist running across the melting Arctic and an indigenous filmmaker who challenges the worldview of Mark Zuckerberg.
Dembicki argues for a safer and more equitable future and says that it is more achievable than we’ve been led to believe. His book changes how we view the biggest existential challenge of our time and he helps to redefine the generation that is now battling against the odds to solve it. In formulating his manifesto against the way things are now, he uses the stories of individuals who are fighting against
climate change and analyzes and critiques many organizations that claim to be effecting change. He states quite plainly that Millennials do care about the future, so much so, that they are willing to fight for it. They will not allow themselves to “be screwed” even though the man running this country denies that climate change is happening. Taking action now can prevent disastrous events and he issues a challenge for us to take arms to prevent what seems sure to happen if we do not.
Today, younger voters are energized by policy positions but ultimately disappointed by elected leaders. If they keep up the battle, there is a chance to win this war. Young people must stand up for their rights but they also must know what to ask for. We have not yet been “screwed” and we will not be, Dembicki tells us, if we all to work together to create a sustainable existence.