Balancing the Climate Scales
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Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
by Mary Robinson (2018)
Ms. Robinson, the former President of Ireland and a fierce proponent of human rights has recently published this book on climate change. Her message is clear, the fight for human rights, as well as social and economic equality, are in fact closely linked with the environment.
Climate change is impacting the world disproportionately. Often those least responsible for planetary climate change are feeling the greatest brunt of it (see also Bill McKibben). Although Mrs. Robinson admits she came “late to the game” as it were in realizing that the struggle for human rights and environmental rights are one and the same, she is making up for it as best she can.
Indeed, she explains that the birth of her grand-daughter came around the same time as her revelation (see Newborn Motivation), and she is seeking to spread awareness and solutions as best she can. She does so through this book. Sharing the stories of women who, at a grassroots level, are fighting against the worst impacts of climate change.
It is a clear and poignant book, at a time when we really need to hear and absorb more of these stories. Climate change is already upon us, effecting millions across the globe. To solve it, we need to act locally, and come together global. This one is a lighter and uplifting read. Enjoy!