Wen Stephenson

Johanna Lawshea

Wen Stephenson, an independent journalist and climate activist, is a contributing writer for the Nation. Formerly an editor at the Atlantic and the Boston Globe, he has also written about climate, culture, and politics for Slate, the New York Times, Grist, and the Boston Phoenix. Stephenson’s book, What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice (Beacon Press), is an urgent, on-the-ground look at some of the “new American radicals” who have laid everything on the line to build a stronger climate justice movement. Stephenson tells his own story of becoming an unlikely radical and the stories of the remarkable and courageous people he has worked alongside. He argues that the movement is less like environmentalism and more like the great human rights and social justice struggles of the past, from abolitionism to civil rights. This is a fiercely urgent and profoundly spiritual journey into the climate justice movement at a critical moment—in search of what “climate justice,” at this late hour, may mean.