Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is the author of A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster and co-author with her brother David of The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle, a short anthology looking at how that watershed event has been misrepresented and reproducing some of the original documents.

Climate & Energy

What to do when you’re running out of time on climate change

Time to start rocking the climate-change boat. Before time runs out.

Living

Hope: the care and feeding of

Everywhere, along with nightmares and despair, are victories and emerging possibilities.

The earthquake kit: How to unpack for a disaster and survive the unexpected

What’s in your earthquake survival kit? And what’s not?Photo: Global XThis essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here with Tom’s kind permission. The first American responses to the triple calamity in Japan …

Pick your poison

What doesn’t kill you makes you gourmet

Editor’s note: The following essay and map are excerpted from Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas and are republished with permission by UC Press as part of Grist’s California agriculture series, an exploration of the …

Iceberg Economies and Shadow Selves

Further adventures in the territories of hope

After the Macondo well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, it was easy enough (on your choice of screen) to see a flaming oil platform, the very sea itself set afire with huge plumes of black smoke rising, and the dark smear of what would become five million barrels of oil beginning to soak birds and beaches. Infinitely harder to see and less dramatic was the vast counterforce soon at work: the mobilizing of tens of thousands of volunteers.

Jurassic Ballot

When corporations ruled the Earth

This country is being run for the benefit of alien life forms. They've invaded; they've conquered; and a lot of people do their bidding.

350 Degrees of Inseparability

The good news about the very bad news (about climate change)

Cross-posted from TomDispatch. These days, I see how optimistic and positive disaster and apocalypse movies were. Remember how, when those giant asteroids or alien space ships headed directly for Earth, everyone rallied and acted as one …

Judgment Days in Copenhagen

Terminator 2009

Cross-posted from TomDispatch. It’s clear now that, from her immoveable titanium bangs to her chaotic approximation of human speech, Sarah Palin is a Terminator cyborg sent from the future to destroy something — but what? …

Remembering People Power in Seattle in 1999 and Berlin in 1989

Learning how to count to 350

Cross-posted from TomDispatch. Next month, at the climate change summit in Copenhagen, the wealthy nations that produce most of the excess carbon in our atmosphere will almost certainly fail to embrace measures adequate to ward …

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