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The Secure & the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World

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What if government and corporate elites have given up on stopping climate change and prefer to try to manage its consequences instead? In the weeks running up to the major UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), this event will examine issues raised by a new book, The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World (Transnational Institute). The book unveils a new climate security agenda in which dystopian preparations by the powerful are already fuelling militarised security responses to the unfolding climate crisis. But it also puts forward and tells the stories of the inspiring alternatives that promise a just transition to a climate-changed world.

“With our politicians refusing to confront the climate crisis, some are looking with hope to the increasingly influential role being played by military planners and corporate titans. If you want to understand why we can't leave it to the Pentagon to shape our response to climate change, then you need to read this book.”  Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine.

This event falls under Coming of Age.


Ryvka Barnard is Senior Campaigns Officer for Militarism and Security at War on Want and will moderate this event.

Nick Buxton is Communications Manager for Transnational Institute (TNI) and has been involved in global justice and environmental justice movements for over 20 years . He is editor of TNI’s annual State of Power reports and the book Shifting Power – Critical Perspectives on Emerging Economies (2015). He also wrote “Politics of debt” in Dignity and Defiance: Bolivia’s Challenge to Globalisation (University of California Press, 2009) and “Civil society and debt cancellation” in Civil Society and Human Rights (Routledge, 2004).

Ben Hayes is a TNI fellow who has worked for the civil liberties organisation Statewatch since 1996, specialising in national and international security policies. Ben also works as an independent researcher and consultant. He is the author of NeoConOpticon: The EU Security-Industrial Complex (Transnational Institute, 2009) and has written widely on the impact of counter-terrorism on human rights, peace-building and civil society; on border control and the development of ‘Fortress Europe’; and on surveillance before and after Edward Snowden.

Jo Ram is co-founder of Community Reinvest, an organisation that works with the fossil fuel divestment movement to demystify finance and enable reinvestment of divested funds into a democratic and just energy system. She is also an academic at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL where she teaches on social action and climate change, a member of the Red Pepper Editorial Collective, and an activist with the Art Not Oil Coalition.

Asad Rehman coordinates Friends of the Earth's international climate work, is an inspiring spokesperson for climate justice in Naomi Klein's recent film This Changes Everything, and has been actively involved in countless anti-racist and social justice struggles in London.

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