Ashley Dawson Sees an End to Fossil Fuel Dependence: Give People Power Over Their Electricity

The Graduate Center, CUNY · Ashley Dawson Sees an End to Fossil Fuel Dependence: Give People Power Over Their Electricity


Ashley Dawson, a professor of English at the College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, CUNY, is deeply engaged in the fields of environmental humanities and postcolonial ecocriticism and has written three books relating to these fields: People’s Power: Reclaiming the Energy CommonsExtreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change; and Extinction: A Radical History. He is also the founder of the Climate Action Lab and a contributor to “A People's Climate Plan for New York City.” For Dawson, every day is Earth Day. 
 
A scholar with a penchant for activism, Dawson has progressed from direct engagement on the climate crisis to studying how people can assume control of the energy commons and end our dependence on fossil fuels. Activists in New York City are calling for sustainable, renewable forms of energy to generate the city’s electricity. Recalling the New Deal’s Rural Electrification Administration that brought electricity to the entire country, Dawson is now writing a forthcoming book, Environmentalism From Below. Dawson talks to us about why energy must be publicly owned.

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Submitted on: MAY 20, 2021

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