Published March 28, 2022

Michael Mann, author of (The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet) will speak at the annual celebration of the Reed Award for Environmental Writing presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The program will also recognize the 2021 Reed Award winners, given for excellent writing on the Southern environment in book-length nonfiction and journalism. Catherine Coleman Flowers won the Reed Award in the book category for Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret. Alexis Okeowo won the Reed Award in the journalism category for “The Heavy Toll of the Black Belt’s Wastewater Crisis,” published by The New Yorker. The award ceremony will include readings and remarks from the winners.

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“Fossil fuel companies have, for decades longer than I have been alive, been the largest contributors to the climate crisis that affects my generation today–all in pursuit of profits and growth. In The New Climate War, Michael Mann holds them to account, and shows us how we can take the bold steps we must all take together to win the battle to save this planet.” ―Greta Thunberg, climate activist

“Blunt, lucid… Consistently displaying his comprehensive command of climate science and the attendant politics…An expert effectively debunks the false narrative of denialism and advocates communal resistance to fossil fuels.” —Kirkus Reviews

“For over two decades, Michael Mann has been our Janus at the gates, defending climate science from corporate-funded insinuations of confusion and suspicion. We would not have progressed this far had it not been for his unflinching and brilliant rejoinders to the traffickers of doubt. This chronicle of ongoing climate injustice may make you mad, but hopefully it will make us act. This is the only civilization we have. Mann is its resolute champion once again.” —Paul Hawken, Founder, Project Drawdown

The New Climate War is an insightful treatise on how the polluting fossil fuel industry and their right-wing allies have deflected the blame for the climate crisis. The book charts a common sense course for collective actions to force government and corporations to make real solutions to the climate crisis-an existential threat to humanity and the planet.” —Robert D. Bullard, Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University


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