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Stan Cox and Zenobia Jeffries Warfield in conversation with Sonali Kolhatkar

November 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm


City Lights and YES! Magazine present the book launch for The Path to a Livable Future, by Stan Cox, published by City Lights Books.

Stan Cox is joined by YES! Magazine’s Executive Editor Zenobia Jeffries Warfield in a conversation moderated by YES! Magazine’s Racial Justice Editor Sonali Kolhatkar.

2020 was a year defined by crisis. For decades, scientists have been sounding the alarm about the urgency of addressing climate change, but it took COVID-19 to demonstrate clearly that the future of human life on Earth is interconnected and at risk. While the virus quickly spread across the globe, extreme weather events compounded the suffering and economic catastrophe. In the U.S., public demonstrations of outrage over the murder of George Floyd expanded to include a growing awareness of the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color. In cities around the world, people took to the streets to protest racial inequity in all of its forms.

In The Path to a Livable Future, Stan Cox makes plain the connections between the multiple crises facing us today, and provides an inspired vision for how to resolve them. With a deeply informed, clear to-do list, Cox shows us how we can work together to address the climate emergency, white supremacy, and our vulnerability to future pandemics all at once. Our future depends on it.

Stan Cox began his career in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is now the Lead Scientist at The Land Institute. Cox is the author of The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can (with City Lights), Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing, Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer) and Sick Planet: Corporate Food and Medicine. His writing about the economic and political roots of the global ecological crisis have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Hartford Courant, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Denver Post, Kansas City Star, Arizona Republic, The New Republic, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Salon, and Dissent, and in local publications spanning 43 U.S. states. In 2012, The Atlantic named Cox their “Readers’ Choice Brave Thinker” for his critique of air conditioning. He is based in Salina, Kansas.

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield has been in media going on 15 years. As a reporter, managing editor and editor, she honed her journalism skills for nearly eight years at a community newspaper in her hometown of Detroit, where she is based. She joined the YES! editorial team in the summer of 2016. In addition to writing and editing, she has produced, directed and edited a variety of short documentaries focused from community movements to international democracy.

Sonali Kolhatkar is YES! Magazine’s Racial Justice Editor.

Praise for The Path to a Livable Future

“An iconoclast of the best kind, Stan Cox has an all-too-rare commitment
to following arguments wherever they lead, however politically
dangerous that turns out to be.”–Naomi Klein

“Cox lays out a refreshingly grounded roadmap for the survival of all life on earth, based on up-to-date science, and anchored in the racial justice imperative.”–Leah Penniman, co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

“Above all, he shows that a healthy, just, sustainable future is possible if we reduce our ecological footprint and share the earth’s gifts equitably. For this we need to organize, resist, imagine, and forge another path together.”–Vandana Shiva, author of Who Really Feeds the World?: The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology