Climate justice Hope, resilience, and the fight for a sustainable future

Mary Robinson, 1944-

Book - 2018

"An urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward." -- From book jacket.

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Published
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing 2018.
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 162 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781632869289
1632869284
9781408888469
1408888467
Main Author
Mary Robinson, 1944- (author)
  • Understanding climate justice
  • Learning from lived experience
  • The accidental activist
  • Vanishing language, vanishing lands
  • A seat at the table
  • Small steps towards equality
  • Migrating with dignity
  • Taking responsibility
  • Leaving no-one behind
  • Paris : the challenge of implementing.
Review by Booklist Reviews

As a former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner for human rights, Robinson is uniquely qualified to write about the international fight for climate-change justice. Rather than dwell on her own perspective, however, she has smartly chosen to highlight the lives and work of several individuals who are at the heart of this worldwide struggle. The people she profiles, primarily women, live in varied climates and regions, but they all come from places that are particularly threatened by the changing climate. From Alaska's coast to the African interior, these informal ambassadors for their people are working on both local and global scales to bring attention to the hard price already being paid by some for global warming. As the book makes clear, indigenous peoples and those in more remote or rural regions suffer the most, but are all too often considered the least. Robinson makes a solid effort to change that unjust paradigm in a narrative that, given its engaging individuals and their compelling narratives, is a surefire winner. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

As the UN secretary-general's special envoy on climate change, Robinson has traveled the world seeking evidence of how communities are reacting to extreme weather conditions. The author's earlier work on human rights campaigns convinced her that climate change is more than just an environmental issue. In this work, she shows how economic, political, and civil rights are directly connected to access to food, water, and healthy living conditions. Climate justice is the idea that we must intervene to halt the suffering of the most vulnerable populations caused by the actions of wealthy nations and corporations. Robinson reveals the stories of individuals who have faced devastating floods, drought, and pollution and who are organizing to bring change locally and globally. A farmer in Uganda, a small business owner in Mississippi, and a coal miner in Canada share a vision that there is hope for their communities. VERDICT Robinson puts a human face on this politically charged issue, adding to the climate change conversation. Highly recommended.—Catherine Lantz, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib. Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Robinson (Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice), a former president of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, writes of global warming and climate justice in this succinct but powerful volume. She highlights communities "suffering the worst effects of climate change" that, more often than not, are "least responsible for the emissions causing change." Robinson describes, for example, drought-stricken farmers in Uganda, who have endured extreme weather in recent years (longer rainy seasons followed by intense periods of drought) that has damaged maize, sorghum, and millet crops; weighed produce down with moisture and pests; and crippled yields. She recalls the havoc wreaked along the Gulf Coast in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina—more than 1,800 deaths and more than one million homes and businesses destroyed—which "weighed more heavily upon racial minorities and the poor." She bemoans the Trump administration's "unconscionable" decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, an accord "negotiated by more than 190 world leaders, over decades, in the interests of all people and the planet." She remains hopeful, however, that humans will heed "personal responsibility for our families, our communities, and our ecosystems." This brief but cogent account reminds readers that climate change is not academic or abstract; it is real and it has consequences. (Sept.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Describes the impact of climate change and offers uplifting stories of ordinary people who have stepped up to help save the planet, including a Mississippi hair dresser and a Ugandan farmer.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A former president of Ireland and U.S. special envoy on climate change describes the impact of climate change and offers uplifting stories of ordinary people who have stepped up to help save our planet, including a Mississippi hair dresser and a Ugandan farmer.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The antidote for your climate change paralysis. —Sierra MagazineAn urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward. Holding her first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would share the planet with more than nine billion people--people battling for food, water, and shelter in an increasingly volatile climate. The faceless, shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.Mary Robinson’s mission would lead her all over the world, from Malawi to Mongolia, and to a heartening revelation: that an irrepressible driving force in the battle for climate justice could be found at the grassroots level, mainly among women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small farmer who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Robinson met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity had already unlocked extraordinary change.Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.“As advocate for the forgotten and the ignored, Mary Robinson has not only shone a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world.” -Barack Obama