The Story Is in Our Bones: How Worldviews and Climate Justice Can Remake a World in Crisis

New Society. Jan. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780865719941. pap. $29.99. SCI
Lake (Uprisings for the Earth) is the founder of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), an organization whose mission is to protect and defend the planet, particularly through the work of women who have typically been unheard and undervalued by policymakers. Her book is a manifesto of sorts. It begins with Lake’s argument that the dominant mainstream (largely Western) culture, with its emphasis on economic extraction and patriarchy, has led to the current climate crisis. It then makes a broad, inclusive survey of the worldviews of multiple Indigenous cultures that emphasize working with nature to create a sustainable way of life. Lake promotes the rights of women and Indigenous peoples and makes a case for the creation of a new legal framework for the rights of nature. Her book includes a broad survey of current environmental activist movements.
VERDICT Lake casts a wide net that embraces global Indigenous perspectives and modern science to discuss topics such as humanity’s origin, society’s relationship to nature, and the imperative need to halt and reverse climate change. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
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