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All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

One World Pub. Sept. 2020. 448p. ed. by Ayana Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson. ISBN 9780593237069. $29;. NAT HIST
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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.

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