More Powerful Together: Conversations with climate activists and Indigenous land defenders
How can social movements help bring about large-scale systems change? This is the question Jen Gobby sets out to answer in More Powerful Together. As an activist, Gobby has been actively involved with climate justice, anti-pipeline, and Indigenous land defense movements in Canada for many years. As a researcher, she has sat down with folks from these movements and asked them to reflect on their experiences with movement building. Bringing their incredibly poignant insights into dialogue with scholarly and activist literature on transformation, Gobby weaves together a powerful story about how change happens.
In reflecting on what’s working and what’s not working in these movements, taking inventory of the obstacles hindering efforts, and imagining the strategies for building a powerful movement of movements, a common theme emerges: relationships are crucial to building movements strong enough to transform systems. Indigenous scholarship, ecological principles, and activist reflections all converge on the insight that the means and ends of radical transformation is in forging relationships of equality and reciprocity with each other and with the land.
It is through this, Gobby argues, that we become more powerful together.
100% of the royalties made from the sales of this book are being donated to Indigenous Climate Action http://www.indigenousclimateaction.com
More Powerful Together: Movement Reflections on Decolonizing and Decarbonizing so-called Canada
This is a summary report of Jen Gobby’s doctoral thesis, prepared specifically to share the research findings with activists, organisers, and Land Defenders in Canada.
Available in English and French, and in print or online formats.
Other Publications by Jen Gobby:
Graeme Reed & Jen Gobby. (2021). Land Back and Climate Action. Rooted – Indigenous Law Association of McGill.
Reed, Graeme, Jen Gobby, Rebecca Sinclair, Rachel Ivey, and H. Damon Matthews. (2021) “Indigenizing Climate Policy in Canada: A Critical Examination of the Pan-Canadian Framework and the ZéN RoadMap.” Frontiers in Sustainable Cities: 78.
Gobby, J., Temper, L., Burke, M., & von Ellenrieder, N. (2021). Resistance as governance: Transformative strategies forged on the frontlines of extractivism in Canada. The Extractive Industries and Society.
Gobby, J. (2020). More Powerful Together – Alternatives as Resistance: Part 2. Radical Ecological Democracy. (translated to Spanish)
Gobby, J. (2020). More Powerful Together – Integrating Resistance with Alternatives. Radical Ecological Democracy. (translated to Spanish)
Gobby, J. (2020). A Crash Course on Environmental Justice. The Monitor, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Nov-Dec 2020 issue, p.45-48
Gobby, J. and Guertin, É. (2020). Droits des peuples autochtones, décroissance et une transition énergétique juste au Québec. Possibles, p.54.
Temper, L., Avila, S., Del Bene, D., Gobby, J., Kosoy, N., Le Billon, P., … & Walter, M. (2020). Movements shaping climate futures: A systematic mapping of protests against fossil fuel and low-carbon energy projects. Environmental Research Letters
Gobby, J. (2019). Allying with Indigenous Communities: Reporting on a Conference Workshop for Settler Researchers. Women and Environments International Magazine.
Gobby, J. (2019) Confronting Economic Barriers to a Just Transition. Briarpatch.
Gobby, J. (2019). Climate Justice Montreal, In Perkins, P. E., (Ed). Local Activism for Global Climate Justice: The Great Lakes Watershed. London: Routledge.
Gobby, J., & Gareau, K. (2018). Understanding the crises, uncovering root causes, and envisioning the world(s) we want: Conversations with the anti-pipeline movements in Canada. In Jafry. T., (Ed.), Routledge Handbook on Climate Justice (pp. 449-464). London: Routledge.
Gobby, J. (2018). [Review of the book The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, by Raygorodetsky G.] Environmental and Society: Advances in Research, 9(1) pp.177-179.
Gobby, J. (2018). Introduction. In Mudgirls Collective, The Mudgirls Manifesto: Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted Lives (pp.1-6). Gabriola: New Society