The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the military and corporations are shaping a climate-changed world

25 November 2015

What if government and corporate elites have given up on stopping climate change and prefer to try to manage its consequences instead? In the week before the UN climate talks in Paris, 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.

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25 November 2015
18:30 - 21:00
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA
  • Transnational Institute

The event will expose a dangerous new climate security agenda in whichthe powerful are responding to the unfolding climate crisis with military solutions. But it also puts forward and tells the stories of the inspiring alternatives that promise a just transition to a climate-changed world.


Ben Hayes is a co-editor of The Secure and the Dispossessed, TNI fellow who has worked for the civil liberties organisation Statewatch since 1996, specialising in national and international security policies.  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.

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

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.

Nick Buxton is a co-editor of The Secure and the Dispossessed, 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).

Ryvka Barnard is Senior Campaigns Officer for Militarism and Security at War on Want.

After the debate, there will be a chance to meet the authors, received signed books, and find out more about local organisations involved in campaigning on many of these issues.


‘A tremendous book that shows how the few intend to profit from climate change and how the many can stop it happening.’
JOHN VIDAL, Guardian

‘Will we respond to the climate crisis with the politics of fear and business as usual – and in so doing condemn millions? Or will we wrest power from the corporations and the military in order to develop the radical just solutions we need?’
PABLO SOLON, Former Ambassador to Bolivia and lead climate negotiator to the UN