All we can save Truth, courage, and solutions for the climate crisis

Book - 2020

"Two powerful phenomena are simultaneously unfolding on Earth: the rise of the climate movement and the rise of women and girls. The People's Climate March and the Women's March. School strikes for climate and the #MeToo movement. Rebellions against extinction and declarations that time's up. More than concurrent, the two trends are deeply connected. From sinking islands to drought-ridden savannas, the global warming crisis places an outsized burden on women, largely because ...of gender inequalities. In many parts of the world, women hold traditional roles as the primary caregivers in families and communities, and as the main providers of food and fuel, they are more vulnerable when flooding and drought occur; the U.N. estimates 80% of those who have been displaced by climate change are women. Women are on the front line of the climate-change battle, and are uniquely situated to be agents of change--to find ways to mitigate the causes of global warming and adapt to its impacts on the ground. Today, across the world, from boardrooms and policy positions to local communities, from science to activism, women everywhere are using their voices to take leadership and call for action on climate change. This anthology is a collection and celebration of these diverse voices, asking critical questions and providing invaluable insight and solutions. Curated by two climate leaders, this book leads us away from the brink and toward the possibility of a life-giving future"--

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New York : One World [2020]
First edition
Physical Description
xxiv, 418 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Root
  • Advocate
  • Reframe
  • Reshape
  • Persist
  • Feel
  • Nourish
  • Rise.
Review by Library Journal Review

Published in the midst of a resurgence of young climate activists with strong voices such as Jamie Margolin and Greta Thunberg, who are fighting bold battles against systems they assert condone and perpetuate climate change, this work feels somewhat nostalgic for 1960s-style activism. Editors Johnson, a marine biologist, and author and teacher Wilkinson have highlighted statistics, included powerful quotations, and underlined the names of women who have played significant roles in the fight against climate change, making this work accessible to readers without much prior knowledge of women's climate-related work and a welcome text in college courses on environmentalism. Their introduction sets up key terminology and asks readers to contemplate ways in which environmentalism has been impacted by toxic masculinity while setting the stage for an examination that is intersectional in its attention to issues of race, class, and gender. While some contributions are stronger than others, the book overall provides space for women to explore the seriousness of climate change in essays, poems, and artwork, with a sense of urgency and beauty. VERDICT By grouping a range of women's voices, the editors have crafted a hopeful narrative, with many calls to action.--Emily Bowles, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

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A welcome anthology, in prose and verse, of women's writings on climate change. At the outset, marine biologist Johnson, founder of the Urban Ocean Lab, and teacher Wilkinson, vice president of Project Drawdown, write that the political and social constructs that oppress women are one and the same with those that are wreaking havoc on the global environment: "Supremacy, violence, extraction, egotism, greed, ruthless competition--these hallmarks of patriarchy fuel the climate crisis just as surely as they do misogyny, racism, and inequality." There's no such zero-sum game-playing here. The editors observe that women are well equipped to transcend ego and competition in order to create a politics of "heart-centered, not just head-centered, leadership." Many of the writings that follow celebrate Indigenous ways of knowing: Mexico-born Xiye Bastida, for example, invokes her Otomi-Toltec ancestors to advocate a "shift in culture and mindset." She argues vigorously for intersectional activism and eschews any form of exclusive politics that further marginalizes the disenfranchised. Penobscot writer Sherri Mitchell emphasizes the importance of recognizing that "we are all inextricably linked" while Joy Harjo, the first Native poet laureate, raises a number of provocative questions for would-be political leaders--e.g., "Do you have authority by the original keepers of the lands, those who obey natural law and are in the service of the lands on which you stand?" If not, the leader has no business in the job. Some writers--Naomi Klein, say--are more grounded in scientific and political approaches, and poet Emily Johnston delivers a needed caution: We can work diligently and still not solve the monumental problems we face, but that is no excuse not to do it: "There is too much we need to heal, and we have to change the path that we're on. We have beautiful work to do before we die." Other contributors include Ada Limón, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Varkini Prakash, and Mary Oliver. A well-curated collection with many ideas for ways large and small to save the planet. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.