Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (Paperback)

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"A galvanizing forecast of global warming's endgame and a powerful indictment of America's current stance."--Kirkus Reviews

As global warming accelerates, droughts last longer, floods rise higher, and super-storms become more frequent. With increasing numbers of people on the move as a result, the business of containing them--border fortification--is booming.

In Storming the Wall, Todd Miller travels around the world to connect the dots between climate-ravaged communities, the corporations cashing in on border militarization, and emerging movements for environmental justice and sustainability. Reporting from the flashpoints of climate clashes, and from likely sites of futures battles, Miller chronicles a growing system of militarized divisions between the rich and the poor, the environmentally secure and the environmentally exposed. Stories of crisis, greed and violence are juxtaposed with powerful examples of solidarity and hope in this urgent and timely message from the frontlines of the post-Paris Agreement era.

Todd Miller's writings about the border have appeared in the New York Times, Tom Dispatch, and many other places.

Praise for Storming the Wall

"Nothing will test human institutions like climate change in this century--as this book makes crystal clear, people on the move from rising waters, spreading deserts, and endless storms could profoundly destabilize our civilizations unless we seize the chance to re-imagine our relationships to each other. This is no drill, but it is a test, and it will be graded pass-fail"--Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"As Todd Miller shows in this important and harrowing book, climate-driven migration is set to become one of the defining issues of our time.... This is a must-read book."--Christian Parenti, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

"Todd Miller reports from the cracks in the walls of the global climate security state--militarized zones designed to keep powerful elites safe from poor and uprooted peoples.... Miller finds hope--hope that may not survive in Trumpworld."--Molly Molloy, Research librarian for Latin America and the border at New Mexico State University and creator of "Frontera List"

"Miller delivers a prescient and sober view of our increasingly dystopian planet as the impacts of human-caused climate disruption continue to intensify."--Dahr Jamail, award-winning independent journalist, author of The End of Ice

"Storming the Wall demonstrates why the struggles for social justice and ecological sustainability must be one struggle. Todd Miller's important book chronicles how existing disparities in wealth and power, combined with the dramatic changes we are causing in this planet's ecosystems, mean either we come together around our common humanity or forfeit the right to call ourselves fully human."--Robert Jensen, University of Texas at Austin, author of The End of Patriarchy, Plain Radical, and Arguing for Our Lives

"Governments across the world today are planning for climate change. The problem, as Todd Miller ably shows, is that they're not planning mitigation, but militarization."--Roy Scranton, author of War Porn and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

"Here is the largely untold back story of the thousands of people turning up on our borders, and challenging the very idea of those frontiers in the process."--Mark Schapiro, author of The End of Stationarity: Searching for the New Normal in the Age of Carbon Shock

About the Author


For the past fifteen years Todd Miller has researched, written about, and worked on immigration and border issues from both sides of the U.S. Mexico divide for organizations such as BorderLinks, Witness for Peace, and NACLA. He did the brunt of this work in Tucson, Arizona and Oaxaca, Mexico, with stints in New York City sprinkled in. Between Tucson and the Buffalo/Niagara Falls region of New York state where he grew up, he has spent the majority of his life close to the U.S. international boundary, south and north. He is the author of Border Patrol Nation (City Lights, 2014), and his writings about the border have appeared in the New York Times, TomDispatch, Mother Jones, The Nation, Al Jazeera English, and Salon among other places.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780872867154
ISBN-10: 0872867153
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: City Lights Open Media