Unsticking from Stupid
After summarizing the book’s main points and contributions, the concluding chapter proposes a way forward for achieving more just forms of sustainability. First, it reviews the three forms of environmental gentrification: green, industrial, and brown. Second, it recaps the book’s arguments about the paradoxes of nonprofit funding structures and participatory politics. Finally, it returns to post-Hurricane Sandy coalition-building. While this moment of middle-class precarity, political divisiveness and climate insecurity is giving rise to polarizing rhetoric and xenophobia, in everyday life, the increasing effects of climate change are also fostering new and surprisingly diverse political formations and solidarities. Rather than superficial and short-sighted sustainability initiatives, it is these kinds of coalitions, borne of crisis, that lie at the heart of our collective future.
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