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All we can save : truth, courage, & solutions for the climate crisis
2020
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Curated by two climate leaders, an anthology of provocative essays and illuminating artwork by dozens of women at the forefront of the climate change movement provides representative, nuanced and solution-oriented recommendations for fast and appropriate responses. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

"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"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

Provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.
 
There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. While it’s clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial table. More than a problem of bias, it’s a dynamic that sets us up for failure. To change everything, we need everyone.
 
All We Can Save illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the United States—scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and race—and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis. These women offer a spectrum of ideas and insights for how we can rapidly, radically reshape society.
 
Intermixing essays with poetry and art, this book is both a balm and a guide for knowing and holding what has been done to the world, while bolstering our resolve never to give up on one another or our collective future. We must summon truth, courage, and solutions to turn away from the brink and toward life-giving possibility. Curated by two climate leaders, the book is a collection and celebration of visionaries who are leading us on a path toward all we can save.

With essays and poems by:


Emily Atkin • Xiye Bastida • Ellen Bass • Colette Pichon Battle • Jainey K. Bavishi • Janine Benyus • adrienne maree brown • Régine Clément • Abigail Dillen • Camille T. Dungy • Rhiana Gunn-Wright • Joy Harjo • Katharine Hayhoe • Mary Annaïse Heglar • Jane Hirshfield • Mary Anne Hitt • Ailish Hopper • Tara Houska, Zhaabowekwe • Emily N. Johnston • Joan Naviyuk Kane • Naomi Klein • Kate Knuth • Ada Limón • Louise Maher-Johnson • Kate Marvel • Gina McCarthy • Anne Haven McDonnell • Sarah Miller • Sherri Mitchell, Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset • Susanne C. Moser • Lynna Odel • Sharon Olds • Mary Oliver • Kate Orff • Jacqui Patterson • Leah Penniman • Catherine Pierce • Marge Piercy • Kendra Pierre-Louis • Varshini • Prakash • Janisse Ray • Christine E. Nieves Rodriguez • Favianna Rodriguez • Cameron Russell • Ash Sanders • Judith D. Schwartz • Patricia Smith • Emily Stengel • Sarah Stillman • Leah Cardamore Stokes • Amanda Sturgeon • Maggie Thomas • Heather McTeer Toney • Alexandria Villaseñor • Alice Walker • Amy Westervelt • Jane Zelikova - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice, and founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities.

Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson is an author, strategist, teacher, and homegrown Atlantan, named one of fifteen “Women Who Will Save the World” by Time. Her writing has been featured in The Drawdown Review and the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, and she is the author of Between God & Green. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Kirkus Reviews

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 margina lizes 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 Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews

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

Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Table of Contents

Editors' Notes xiii
Begin xvii
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Katharine K. Wilkinson
1 Root
Calling In
3(5)
Xiye Bastida
Reciprocity
8(6)
Janine Benyus
The Big Picture
14(2)
Ellen Bass
Indigenous Prophecy and Mother Earth
16(14)
Sherri Mitchell
Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset
A Handful of Dust
30(6)
Kate Marvel
November
36(1)
Lynna Odel
What Is Emergent Strategy?
37(2)
Adrienne Maree Brown
On Fire
39(12)
Naomi Klein
2 Advocate
Litigating in a Time of Crisis
51(9)
Abigail Dillen
To Be of Use
60(1)
Marge Piercy
Beyond Coal
61(14)
Mary Anne Hitt
Collards Are Just as Good as Kale
75(9)
Heather McTeer Toney
For Those Who Would Govern
84(1)
Joy Harjo
The Politics of Policy
85(7)
Maggie Thomas
A Green New Deal for All of Us
92(13)
Rhiana Gunn-Wright
3 Reframe
How to Talk About Climate Change
105(7)
Katharine Hayhoe
She Told Me the Earth Loves Us
112(1)
Anne Haven McDonnell
Truth Be Told
113(8)
Emily Atkin
Harnessing Cultural Power
121(8)
Favianna Rodriguez
Becoming a Climate Citizen
129(7)
Kate Knuth
Dead Stars
136(2)
Ada Limon
Wakanda Doesn't Have Suburbs
138(9)
Kendra Pierre-Louis
4 Reshape
Heaven or High Water
147(9)
Sarah Miller
Man on the TV Say
156(1)
Patricia Smith
A Tale of Three Cities
157(9)
Jainey K. Bavishi
Buildings Designed for Life
166(4)
Amanda Sturgeon
The Straits
170(1)
Joan Naviyuk Kane
Catalytic Capital
171(6)
Regine Clement
Mending the Landscape
177(10)
Kate Orff
5 Persist
We Are Sunrise
187(7)
Varshini Prakash
At the Intersections
194(9)
Jacqui Patterson
Did It Ever Occur to You That Maybe You're Falling in Love?
203(2)
Ailish Hopper
Dear Fossil Fuel Executives
205(8)
Cameron Russell
Sacred Resistance
213(7)
Tara Houska--Zhaabowekwe
On the Fifth Day
220(2)
Jane Hirshfield
Public Service for Public Health
222(9)
Gina McCarthy
6 Feel
Under the Weather
231(18)
Ash Sanders
Mothering in an Age of Extinction
249(6)
Amy Westervelt
Anthropocene Pastoral
255(1)
Catherine Pierce
Loving a Vanishing World
256(10)
Emily N. Johnston
Being Human
266(4)
Naima Penniman
The Adaptive Mind
270(9)
Susanne C. Moser
Home Is Always Worth It
279(8)
Mary Annaise Heglar
7 Nourish
Solutions Underfoot
287(6)
Jane Zelikova
Notes from a Climate Victory Garden
293(1)
Louise Maher-Johnson
Solutions at Sea
294(5)
Emily Stengel
Characteristics of Life
299(2)
Camille T. Dungy
Black Gold
301(10)
Leah Penniman
Ode to Dirt
311(1)
Sharon Olds
Water Is a Verb
312(7)
Judith D. Schwartz
The Seed Underground
319(4)
Janisse Ray
8 Rise
A Letter to Adults
323(6)
Alexandria Villasenor
An Offering from the Bayou
329(5)
Colette Pichon Battle
Calling All Grand Mothers
334(3)
Alice Walker
A Field Guide for Transformation
337(11)
Leah Cardamore Stokes
Mornings at Blackwater
348(1)
Mary Oliver
Like the Monarch
349(14)
Sarah Stillman
Community Is Our Best Chance
363(8)
Christine E. Nieves Rodriguez
Onward
371(4)
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Katharine K. Wilkinson
Gratitude 375(2)
Climate Solutions 377(6)
Referenced Organizations 383(2)
Select Sources 385(4)
Credits 389(4)
Index 393(22)
About the Essayists 415(4)
About the Editors 419

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