Youth Ecological Revolution: A handbook for leaders

The world's young people have been existentially betrayed.  Prior generations ethically owe them a safe environment, but the natural world is being rapidly destroyed.  Global leaders in 1994 vowed to avoid unsafe greenhouse-gas concentrations, but these are now at catastrophic levels.  An activist slogan sums it up: "You'll die of old age; we'll die of climate change".

In my new book (Kindle or free PDF) I assert that the response to this betrayal must be revolutionary change, not government-based reforms.  Because such change will require highly effective youth movements, the book offers analytical and strategic guidance to future movement leaders.  It exposes the deceptions that currently prevent effective action, objectively explains the ecological crisis, identifies rational measures, and proposes a militant strategy to implement these measures.  It also provides a set of documents, including a proposed manifesto, that will likely be useful to youth leaders.

As this book was being finalized, Netflix* released a documentary that highlights both the youth betrayal and the revolutionary imperative.  Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet features broadcaster David Attenborough and climate scientist Johan Rockström.  They tell us that, although humankind is massively threatened, we can save ourselves through a few simple measures such as shifting to renewable energy and eating healthy food.  The film's environmental falsehoods and distortions are rampant, and its underlying message is clear: the older rich will cling to their unsustainable lifestyles until collapse occurs; the young, 90% of whom live in the vulnerable Global South, will be left to suffer and die.  Only a profound transformation of the prevailing order can prevent this barbaric outcome.

My book is dedicated to all those young people who defiantly reject their planned genocide and instead embrace the manifesto's concluding statement:



FREE PDF of Youth Ecological Revolution: A handbook for leaders (3.14 MB)
Kindle and Paperback versions will be available soon.

* If you don't have Netflix, see these YouTube videos about the documentary: a trailer, a ten-minute preview, and a statement by Johan Rockström.

The Scientific Misconduct of Climate Scientists

August 27, 2020

An Open Letter to Parents For Future

July 6, 2020

Confession of an Environmental Thought-Criminal

June 17, 2020

The IPCC’s Disastrous Refusal to Specify Unsafe GHG Concentrations

May 22, 2020

Contractionism: A Youth Movement for Ecological Survival

March 25, 2020

The Young Desperately Need an Ecological Advocate

March 9, 2020

A Rational GHG Strategy for the Young

February 20, 2020

“Net-zero Emissions” is Genocide of the Young

January 18, 2020

Why Are We Existentially Threatened?

November 19, 2019

Reflections on the Sam Mitchell Interview

October 2, 2019

Interview by Sam Mitchell of Collapse Chronicles

September 30, 2019

Net-zero Emissions is a Milestone, not a Goal

September 5, 2019

From Mainstream Lies to Progressive Errors

August 23, 2019

Book Review: Light of the Stars: Earth’s Overshoot in the Cosmic Context

November 29, 2018

Extinction Rebellion: Courageous Activism, Flawed Strategy

November 10, 2018

The IPCC’s Long Escape from Ecological Reality

October 31, 2018

The IPCC’s 1.5°C Report is a Strategic Lie

October 19, 2018

The IPCC has Failed. Should it be Replaced?

June 15, 2018

The True Danger is SOLUTIONS Denial

May 21, 2018

The Material Interests Driving IPCC Support

April 21, 2018

The Manipulations Driving IPCC Support

April 6, 2018

My Demands for the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report

March 16, 2018

The Economic Roots of the IPCC’s Failure

March 8, 2018

Bending the Wrong Curve: the IPCC’s Ecocidal Strategy

February 1, 2018

The Perilous Distortions of Climate Science

January 16, 2018

The Existential Necessity of Military Intervention

September 27, 2017

Capitalism’s Historical Dead End

September 16, 2017

Book Review: Anthropocene or Capitalocene?

June 30, 2017

The Deep Politics of Rational Action

May 31, 2017

The Deep Politics of Ecological Inaction

May 19, 2017

A Rational Response to the Ecological Crisis

March 26, 2017

The True Nature of the Ecological Crisis

March 16, 2017

Geoengineering: the Arguments

March 8, 2017

Geoengineering: the Facts

February 28, 2017

The Point of No Return

February 19, 2017

Mainstream Emissions Reductions, or How to do NOTHING

February 12, 2017

The Emissions Fallacy

February 6, 2017

The Twisted Tale of Greenhouse Gases

February 3, 2017

Nature’s Mortal Wound

January 22, 2017

Book Review: Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations

February 19, 2016

Because the environment that supports
human civilization is rapidly collapsing,
the following three groups face critical choices.


must make a
SURVIVAL decision:

Given that governments have failed to rationally address the ecological crisis,


If not, or if you have doubts,
read further


must make an
ETHICAL decision:

Will you continue to support today's ecocidal social order because is serves your interests, or


If you choose to help the young,
read further


must decide about
its DUTY:

Your core responsibility is to safeguard the people. Will you remain loyal to society's ecocidal leaders, or


If you choose duty and responsibility,
read further

This manifesto is a militant declaration by the young that they will not be passively slaughtered by the ecological inaction of their leaders and elders.  Because this inaction is justified through a web of deceptions, the document identifies eight crucial lies and replaces them with their corresponding truths. Four core demands are then made: replace social leaders, implement solar radiation management, transform economies, and restore environmental health.

This document outlines my analysis of the ecological crisis and humankind's rational response.  It explains why and how this response was blocked, why revolutionary change is now necessary for survival, and how a youth-military strategy could achieve this end.  It also discusses the difficult transition from expansionary capitalism to a sustainable economy.

Our economies cannot be transformed without a new economic theory to direct the process.  The Economics of Needs and Limits, or ENL, is my proposed starting point for this theory.  The framework is based on an ethical principle and includes a set of concepts and analytical tools to establish rational economic objectives for the transition to a sustainable economy.