Hurricane Maria’s lessons will not go unnoticed.

On Tuesday Sept 22, ALL WE CAN SAVE: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis will come roaring into the world.  An anthology of essays, poetry and art collecting the voices of 60 women at the forefront of climate. 

The more folks who preorder it, the louder that roar will be. Could you? Would you? And spread the good word to group? I am one of the contributors and my piece on lessons from Hurricane Maria closes the book on the potential of community-based climate change adaptation.

Details about the book + how to buy it are here: allwecansave.earth.

If you’re feeling super excited and looking for more ways to support:

  • Donate a copy to a young boricua! (Details below)
  • Give the book to someone as an invitation into the climate movement (birthdays! holidays!)
  • Share your excitement on social media (use @allwecansave on Twitter & Instagram) and/or forward this email
  • Sign up to lead an All We Can Save Circle (more details here: allwecansave.earth/circles)
  • Join us for the virtual book launch — Sep. 22nd @ 8pm ET, broadcast free on EarthxTV.org

We want the wisdom in these pages to reach as many hands/hearts/minds as possible. I’m so grateful for your help in making that happen.

Books for Boricua youth leaders

As you know in Puerto Rico Hurricane María brought home the reality of climate change and we are only getting started. This is why I am asking people to donate a copy so I can get it to young boricuas who will have to inherit a radically uncertain climate and prepare for a different world. This is where YOU CAN HELP! if you want to donate a book let me know. I’ve arranged to have it purchased through a local bookstore.

The instructions are simple. I am gathering 100 friends to donate 100 books.

Head over to Link

  1. once you select a copy please click “add a note to your order”
  2. Type“EmergePR” in the notes.
  3. For shipping address use: EmergePR, HC-01 Box 17068, Humacao, PR 00791
  4. This will alert the booksellers to send it over to someone in the list I am gathering of young activists and educators.
  5. Feel free to send people interested in donating my way! Or share the link and instructions.

About the book

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.

This book illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the U.S. — scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and races — and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, 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 each other 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, this book is a collection and celebration of visionaries who are leading us on a path toward all we can save.

What is the book? An anthology of wisdom from women climate leaders. A collection of 41 essays, 17 poems, plus illustrations. It’s beautiful and poignant writing. It’s, as the subtitle says, “truth, courage, and solutions for the climate crisis.”

What isn’t the book? This is not a book about heros. It’s not a complete representation of all the women in the US doing important climate work. It’s not a rehashing of the problem, nor another dry, wonky climate publication.

What are the goals of the book? Mosaic, chorus, amplification, welcoming folks in, shoring folks up, deepening the dialogue, building community, and seeding action

Who are the co-editors?

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 15 “women who will save the world” by Time magazine. Her writings include The Drawdown Review, the New York Timesbest-seller Drawdown, and Between God & Green.

How was the book curated? Ayana and Katharine choose contributors to reflect the breadth of ways to work on climate solutions and the diversity of people doing that work, across generations, geographies, and race. The book contract was for 65,000 words and ~20 essays, but the book ballooned to 41 essays and 130,000 words because there are so many important aspects of and perspectives on climate work that needed to be included.

How did the book come to be? Ayana and Katharine came together through a shared commitment to support women’s climate leadership and to build community around solutions. They quickly bonded over a shared frustration that many brilliant women with bold ideas don’t have sufficient access to resources or the platforms they deserve. This led to the idea to co-edit an anthology of women’s climate wisdom, which turned into ALL WE CAN SAVE: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.

Who are the essayists? 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 • Emily Stengel • Sarah Stillman • Leah Cardamore Stokes • Amanda Sturgeon • Maggie Thomas • Heather McTeer Toney • Alexandria Villaseñor • Amy Westervelt • Jane Zelikova

What are the primary themes of the book? The book covers A LOT of ground. It’s organized into 8 main sections — Root, Advocate, Reframe, Reshape, Persist, Feel, Nourish, Rise — flanked by the “Begin” and the “Onward,” written by Ayana and Katharine. Some cross-cutting themes:

Women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet

The way forward is rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration

This work is complex and hard, and there are oh so many ways to contribute your skills and time and resources toward solutions

We must summon truth, courage, and solutions, to turn away from the brink and toward life-giving possibility

Is there an action or a takeaway from the book? As a means of building community and seeding action around themes from the book, All We Can Save is launching Circles for guided group dialogues. Via Circles, small groups (virtual or abiding by their community’s social distancing recommendations!) will read the book collectively, section by section, over 10 weeks. Materials for the Circles will be distributed weekly through the All We Can Save newsletter and social media, as well as through partners. Those interested in signing up to lead a circle can find more information at allwecansave.earth/circle-leader-signup.

Who is the book’s intended audience? First and foremost, women and girls who care about the future of the planet we call home—and who haven’t always felt at home in the climate movement. But the book is intended for everyone—as 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 each other or our collective future.

Un abrazo a todes and thank you so much for being in this fight with me!

Christine E.  Nieves, MSc
Co-Founder, Emerge Puerto Rico
Community-Based Climate Change Education