Featured Book: Will the Flower Slip Through the Asphalt

At first glance, Will the Flower Slip Through the Asphalt is an alluring collection of some of best minds in climate politics. It is only a serendipitous delight to find Amitav Ghosh, Naomi Klein and Ghassan Hage in a breezy, intersubjective, heuristic study on global environmental politics. But the real icing on the cake is the step back it’s taken from contemporary discussions surrounding climate capitalism that, favourably, institute “command and control” policies suggesting working within the capitalist state whilst inducing structural adjustments and austerity measures in the form of carbon offsets, quasi-carbon taxes, carbon disclosures, hot air, socially responsible investments (SRI), weather derivatives, catastrophe bonds, etc[1]. However, the premise of this book is laid on directly challenging the architecture of capitalism and focusing on new ways to govern life and natural processes including the ecosystem. Prashad discusses how global societies now desire more than just the idea of sustainable development urging for new ways to live and organise social and natural wealth (22). Klein reiterates that there needs to be a “demand for radical change else people will be searching for a home that no longer exists” (34).

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