This book makes clear that climate change is not a ‘problem’ for which there can be a ‘solution’. It requires a re-examination of the core structures of our society, and in particular our economy. Using solid research and analysis, Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg untangle the complex and multiple ways that corporations are shaping humanity’s response to the climate crisis, ways that are unfortunately inadequate to the challenge at hand. In this engaging text, we are challenged to envision alternative futures that will, indeed they must, challenge how we think, who we are, and how we relate to each other and to the natural world around us.
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor and Director of the Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan.
It’s possible that there’s no greater example of corporate irresponsibility than climate change – I mean, these companies melted the Arctic, and then rushed to drill in the open water. Thank heaven the authors of this book are beginning the necessary work of calling them to account. If we can break their power then we have a fighting chance against global warming; if not, the ruined earth will be their legacy.
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
With the phenomenon of human-caused climate change, we have arrived at a point in history where technological progress is now threatening, rather than facilitating, societal welfare. How is it that we have arrived at this point? And what can we do to right the ship? Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg, address these and other key questions in the very readable, crisp, and well-researched book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-destruction. I recommend this book highly to anyone who wants to learn more not only about how corporations have shaped our response to climate change but also re-imagining alternatives to our current path.
Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University; author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.
In these crucial years to save the global climate, Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg have written an important book, boldly explaining the role of big business in global warming. By going inside the minds and boardrooms of big corporations, the authors give us extraordinary insight into not only how businesses think about climate change, but also the creative self-destruction they are unleashing. Scholarly, yet easy to read, this is an essential contribution to understanding the role of big business in climate change – and what we can do to challenge it.
David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer, Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg shatter the myth of corporate social responsibility as a solution for our climate crisis. Their compelling and hard-hitting analysis exposes the raw destructive power of capitalism – of unsustainable growth, corporations, and consumption. A stable future is still possible. But not unless the world’s elite sit bolt upright and listen hard to Wright and Nyberg.
Peter Dauvergne, Professor of International Relations, University of British Columbia