About the Book
Climate Resilience is an intersectional primer for folks looking to better understand the roots of the climate crisis, how the climate crisis relates to other struggles for justice and liberation, and how to take meaningful action. Climate Resilience features transformative short essays edited from interviews with 39 women, nonbinary, and gender-expansive climate leaders who are advancing place-based, community-driven projects at the intersection of climate mitigation, adaptation, and justice. The book also includes specific strategies, research and reflection prompts, and ideas for specific ways to get involved in the grassroots climate movement.
An essential, inspired chorus of voices echoing the urgency of action in the fight against climate change.
Climate Resilience brought me to tears of recognition, relief, solidarity, and hope. It’s the book we need to survive this human moment together.
Lily Diamond, author of Kale & Caramel and coauthor of What’s Your Story? With Rebecca Walker
Climate Resilience is a crucial book that is much needed today as it starts shifting the focus to center frontline communities and leaders addressing climate change and fighting for climate justice.
Jessica Hernandez, author of Fresh Banana Leaves
This is a book that will help you find your place in a movement towards a world of just interdependence, deep connection, radical generosity, and climate resilience for all.
Elizabeth Bechard, senior policy analyst for Moms Clean Air Force and author of Parenting in a Changing Climate
If you’re interested in understanding how we might really tackle the problem of climate change, a problem that doesn’t exist in a vacuum but one that is wrapped up in our social and political relationships, put down whatever you are reading and pick up this book.
Khalid Kadir, PhD, winner of the 2020 Constellation Prize for Engineering Education and lecturer in civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley
This is a book to inspire and educate, and also a book that invites our participation, with practical advice for applying solutions in our own contexts. If you enjoyed the fierce joy of All We Can Save and were wondering if there’s more where that came from, read this next!
Jeremy Williams, author of Climate Change Is Racist
portraits by Mar Bertran
Research and policy director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network and member of California’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, radical scientist, and community healer
Internationally renowned environmental ambassador, Emmy award-winning actor, author, elder, and hereditary Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta Women’s Society
Cofounder of Louisville Assocation for Community Economics and the Louisville Community Grocery, and former chairperson of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
National director of climate resilience and land use of Groundwork USA, biologist, city planner, organizer, and storyteller
Earth worker, facilitator, singer songwriter, and former executive director of BK ROT
Cofounder and president of People Power Solar Cooperative and national coordinator of the Energy Democracy Project
Co-director of Movement Generation, cofounder of the Queer Ecojustice Project, board president of Shelterwood Collective, farmer, grassroots ecologist, and organizer
Founder of the Land and Leadership Initiative, healer, soil sponge strategist, author, educator, and facilitator
Partner and field building director at Industrious Labs, grassroots organizer, researcher, trainer, and Afrofuturist
Executive director of Urban Tilth, cofounder of Cooperation Richmond, and steering committee member with the Richmond Our Power Coalition
Eileen V. Quigley
Founder and executive director of the Clean Energy Transition institute, journalist, and climate strategist
Globally recognized artist, interventionist, cultural change facilitator, and people-centered researcher
Associate principal and resilience impact & social equity lead for Arup in the Americas, founder of the Building Resilience Network, and ecologist
Irfana Jetha Noorani
Founding member and former deputy director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, senior fellow to the High Line Network, artist, and equitable planning and public art consultant
Executive director of VAYLA New Orleans, human rights advocate, grief worker, and scholar activist
Janelle St. John
Executive director of Growing Home
Community publisher of NDN Collective, editor of Loam, organizer, facilitator, writer, creative, and speaker
Program manager of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action at the Alaska Center and grassroots organizer
Kylie Flanagan (author)
Lil Milagro Henriquez
Founder and executive director of Mycelium Youth Network, liberation theologian, organizer, and proud sci-fi fantasy nerd
Executive director and CEO of the World Institute on Disability, founder of the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration, and champion for disability rights
Cofounder and executive director of the Cultural Fire Management Council, cofounder and co-lead of the Indigenous Peoples Burn Network, Indian education director for the Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District, basket weaver, and regalia maker
Chief of environment, energy, and open spaces for Boston, Massachusetts, founding pastor of New Roots AME Church, advocate, faith leader, facilitator, and farmer
Senior organizer at Jobs with Justice, cofounder of Undocufund for Disaster Relief in Sonoma County and the Alliance for Just Recovery, and organizer
Co-director of the Academy for Systems Change, researcher, educator, and facilitator
Founder of Remedios Birth & Healing, birth worker, clinical herbalist, ceremonialist, bodywork practitioner, aspiring death worker, writer, facilitator, and educator
Co-director of Community Resilience Organizations, educator, and community planner
Cofounder of Imagine Water Works, water-management, hazard-mitigation, and mutual aid strategist and organizer
Founder of Blue Daisi Consulting, zero waste, sustainability, and circularity consultant, international speaker, educator, and writer
Facilitator, ritualist, and wealth redistribution and ancestral repair coach and organizer
Director of resilience and organizational strategy at Climate Resolve, environmental policy expert, and urban planner
Thriving communities director of Peoples Hub, human rights advocate, educator, storyteller, and strategist
Public land program director for GreenLatinos, outings leader with Latino Outdoors, and community organizer
Cofounder and executive and artistic director of Sins Invalid, cofounder of the disability justice movement, author, artist, film director, human rights advocate, and activist
Co-director of the Smokehouse Collective, advisory board member and former climate justice director for Native Movement, youth climate movement leader, artist
Environmental policy and social justice strategist, philanthropic advisor, and climate justice advocate
Somatic coach, climate grief worker, educator, and facilitator
Elder tribal chief of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, cofounder of the First Peoples’ Conservation Council of Louisiana, chair, minister, musician, and traditional dressmaker
Associate director of climate equity at the Greenlining Institute, council member on California’s Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program, advisory board member of the California Resilience Membership, and member of the California Climate Insurance Working Group
Member of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust land team, earth worker, plant medicine cultivator, artist
For Book Clubs
All things climate-related are best done in community, and reading is no exception! We highly recommend gathering some pals to co-read Climate Resilience so that you can process emotions, share reflections, deepen takeaways, and strategize and scheme together. We’re working on creating a book club guide to help make the experience as meaningful as possible. In the meantime, many of the journal and reflection prompts throughout the book are a great entryway into group dialogue.
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Climate Resilience was written with educators in mind. We’d love to make it as easy as possible for you to incorporate it into your curriculum, so we’re in the process of creating guides with companion resources, discussion and reflection questions, assignment ideas, and more. In the meantime, check out the resilience strategy pages to dive deeper into some of the climate solutions explored in the book, and utilize the resource sections to discover more topic-specific articles, books, podcasts, and documentaries that could be integrated into your syllabus.
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